I joined Laurier after receiving my PhD in Psychology (specializing in Language and Cognition) from the University of Connecticut in 2006. I have a BA in Psychology from York University and a BBA (majoring in Finance) from the National University of Singapore.
My research is supported by funding from Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Ontario Research Fund (ORF), and Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER).
My research has been featured by the funding agencies (CFI and SSHRC) and by several news media (e.g., Today’s Parent, Grand Magazine and CBC Radio).
The main focus of my research is on early childhood learning in language and mathematics. Learning in both home and child care settings and through technology and traditional play are examined. I also study monolingual vs. bilingual learners and children with special learning needs (e.g., visual impairment). I am partnering with the Ontario Early Years Centres and the public libraries in the Waterloo region on research as well as on program creation and delivery. I am also involved in a partnership with an educational software company to develop evidence-based games for students with autism spectrum disorder.
I am looking to supervise graduate students in the areas of language or mathematics development of young children, including children with special learning needs such as autism spectrum disorder and visual impairment.
I have research assistantship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in early childhood learning of children, both with and without developmental disabilities.
Fieldwork in community-based centres (e.g., program delivery) and educational software industry are also available. Please contact me for more information.