Language and Working Memory LabWestern Health Sciences



Alexandra Cross, MSc

M.Cl.Sc/PhD Candidate

Biography / Research Interests: Alex is a second year student in the combined M.Cl.Sc. and Ph.D. program in Speech-Language Pathology, studying reading and language impairments in children. She uses behavioural methods, eyetracking, and MRI to examine reading and language development and response to intervention. She completed her M.Sc. in Psychology at Western University and her B.Sc.H. in Psychology at Queen's University.

Meghan Dianne Lynn Vollebregt, BA

M.Cl.Sc/PhD Student

Biography / Research Interests: Meghan is in her first year of the combined MClSc/PhD program. Her current research focus is on evaluating school based language interventions and examining implementation science in the field of speech language pathology. She completed her undergraduate degree at Western University studying psychology.

Alyssa Kuiack, BA

M.Cl.Sc/PhD Student

Biography / Research Interests: Alyssa graduated from Huron University College at Western with an Honours Specialization in Psychology and a Minor in French. She has worked for 3 years in the Infant and Child Development lab at Huron focusing primarily on early language acquisition in infants and word learning in toddlers. She is entering the first year of the Combined MClSc/PhD program and looks forward to investigating vocabulary acquisition and the cognitive processes that influence this development. By researching and breaking down the processes by which we learn a language, she hopes to explore and develop better methods of vocabulary assessment for children struggling to learn language and of those learning more than one language simultaneously.

Theresa Pham, BSc

M.Cl.Sc/PhD Student

Biography / Research Interests: Theresa is a first year student in the combined MClSc/PhD program in speech-language pathology. She is interested in the cognitive mechanisms that support word learning; and how cognitive development and memory systems support or constrain this learning. She completed her BSc in Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Toronto.

Taylor Bardell, BSc

M.Cl.Sc/PhD Candidate

Biography / Research Interests: Taylor is in her first year of the combined MCISc/PhD Program in Speech-Language Pathology. Her research interests focus on using practice-based research to examine and evaluate language intervention programs in schools. She graduated from Queen's University with a BSc in Psychology.

Braxton Murphy

Biography / Research Interests: Braxton Murphy is a third-year undergraduate student in Neuroscience and does research in the Lab through the Scholar’s Electives Program at Western. Under the supervision of Dr. Archibald, Braxton explores the applications of statistical language learning in large-scale artificial languages.