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Stephanie Archer


Supervisor: Dr. Linda Polka and Dr. Laura Gonnerman

Research Interest: My current research focuses on the effects of statistical frequency and acoustic salience in the development of infant speech perception.                          

Xiaoming Jiang


Supervisor: Dr. Marc Pell

Research Interest: My current interest focuses on how the human brain makes social inference through vocal cues in intercultural communication setting.                          

Kathrin Rothermich


Supervisor: Dr. Marc Pell

Research Interest: My current research focuses on social cognition and communication abilities in Parkinson's disease.

More about Kathrin

I studied General Linguistics, German Linguistics and Educational Science at the University of Leipzig (Germany) and completed my Masters' degree on the role of meter in auditory syntactic processing in 2007. Next, I started my PhD at the MPI in Leipzig in the Independent Research Group "Neurocognition of Rhythm in Communication" to study the interaction of semantic and metric processing using ERPs and fMRI. In 2011, I received a scholarship (ACN Erasmus Mundus) to work as a postdoctoral fellow at BRAMS (Université de Montréal) in the lab of Isabelle Peretz where I studied synchronization abilities in beat deafness using ERPs. I joined the Neuropragmatics and Emotion Lab in October 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow and will investigate the effect of Parkinson's disease on social cognition and communication using ERPs and eye tracking.

Publications
Rothermich, K., & Kotz, S.A. (2013). Predictions in speech comprehension: fMRI evidence on the meter-semantic interface. Neuroimage, 70, 89-100.

Kotz, S. A., Rothermich, K., & Schmidt-Kassow, M. (2012). Sentence comprehension in healthy and brain–damaged populations. In Miriam Faust (Ed.): The Handbook of the Neuropsychology of Language. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Rothermich, K., Schmidt-Kassow, M. & Kotz, S. A. (2012) Rhythm’s gonna get you: Regular meter facilitates semantic sentence processing. Neuropsychologia, 50(2), 232–244.

Schwartze, M., Rothermich, K. & Kotz, S. A. (2012) Functional dissociation of pre-SMA and SMA-proper in temporal processing. NeuroImage, 60(1), 290–298.

Schwartze, M., Rothermich, K., Schmidt-Kassow, M. & Kotz, S. A. (2011) Temporal regularity effects on pre-attentive and attentive processing of deviance. Biological Psychology, 87(1), 146–151.

Schmidt-Kassow, M., Rothermich, K., Schwartze, M., & Kotz, S. A. (2011). Did you get the beat? Late proficient French-German learners extract strong-weak patterns in tonal but not in linguistic sequences. Neuroimage, 54(1), 568-76.

Rothermich, K., Schmidt-Kassow, M., Schwartze, M., & Kotz, S. A. (2010). Event-related potential responses to metric violations: rules versus meaning. Neuroreport, 21(8), 580-584.

Awards
2011: Fellowship in the Erasmus Mundus Student Exchange Network in Auditory Neuroscience (ACN)

Aurélie Takam Taguemné


Supervisor: Dr. Elin Thordardottir

Research Interest: My research is focused on language intervention in multilingual enviroment. This research is funded by FQRSC postdoctoral grant.

More about Aurélie

Résumé du projet : Notre recherche doctorale a mené au développement du premier test standardisé pour une population infantile africaine, la Batterie de tests de dépistage approfondie (BATEDA). La particularité de ce test est qu'il est conçu pour permettre une application fidèle par un parent ou un enseignant dans le rôle d’évaluateur et d’intervenant. Il constitue ainsi l’une des deux étapes devant mener à l’instauration de la prise en charge des difficultés langagières en contexte africain, la deuxième étape étant la conception et la mise en œuvre d’un modèle d’intervention adapté aux réalités africaines. C’est l’objectif général du présent projet. Le contexte africain se caractérise par l'absence de l'orthophonie et des conditions socioéconomiques défavorables à l’application de ce modèle. La pertinence d’une approche d'intervention mettant les parents à contribution est justifiée. Par ailleurs, il s’agit d’un concept novateur soutenu par plusieurs travaux indiquant que 86% des enfants identifiés comme ayant des retards simples de langage au départ rattrapent leurs pairs en âge à l’issue d’une intervention parentale. Cependant, l’implémentation d’un tel modèle nécessite l’élaboration d’un programme de formation des parents et d’un matériel adapté, ce qui constitue l’objectif général de cette étude. Par ailleurs, compte tenu de la pénurie d’orthophonistes au Cameroun, la mise en œuvre du modèle requiert la présence d’intervenants qualifiés pour assurer le suivi de la prise en charge des enfants par les parents. À cet effet, le projet prévoit l’élaboration d’un programme d’échange où des étudiants en orthophonie bénéficieront de stages accrédités au Cameroun accompagnés de jeunes chercheurs en linguistique appliquée à l’Université de Yaoundé 1 au Cameroun. À long terme, le projet inclut la formation de professionnels devant assurer ce suivi.

Honours (prix d’excellence)
2011: Prix de la relève (Excellence Prize), Horizons Nord-Sud Services
2008: Prix de la recherche (Research Prize), Alumni- International Development Research Centre, Federal Government of Canada.
2006: Prix de la recherche (Research Prize), Alumni- International Development Research Centre, Federal Government of Canada.

Research awards
2011-2014: Bourse de recherche postdoctorale (Postdoctoral research fellowship) – Fonds Québécois de la Recherche en Sciences et Culture.
2010: Bourse de recherche postdoctorale (Postdoctoral research grant) – Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
2007-2008: Doctoral Research Awards – International Development Research Centre, Federal Government of Canada.
2005-2006: International Development Research Centre, Federal Government of Canada.

Study awards
2003-2006: Bourses de formation à la recherche doctorale (Research fellowship) – Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
2004-2009: Bourses d’excellence de la Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales (Excellence grants) – Université de Montréal

Christina Tausch


Supervisor: Dr. Susan Rvachew and Dr. Aparna Nadig

Research Interest:My research interests include language acquisition in monolingual and bilingual contexts, literacy development, reading intervention, AAC, and counselling individuals with communication disorders and their families.
I am currently employed as the project coordinator for the project “Impact of digital tablets on shared reading interactions and outcomes.”

More about Christina

I received the equivalence of two Master’s degrees in Special Education and Speech Language Pathology from Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany. These degrees have special emphases on second-language acquisition/bilingualism, literacy, child language disorders and AAC. I earned additional certificates in systemic counselling/family therapy and dyslexia/dyscalculia therapy. In 2006, I decided to continue my studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Louisiana State University. I earned a research-based Master’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Louisiana State University in 2008 and a Ph.D. in August 2012. My dissertation focused on a syntax-based reading intervention to improve reading comprehension in second-language learners.

I joined McGill University as a postdoctoral fellow in October 2012 to explore the impact of digital media on shared reading interactions and early language and literacy development.

Publications
Tausch, C., Marks, L. D., Brown, J. S., Cherry, K. E., Frias, T., McWilliams, Z., Melancon, M., & Sasser, D. (2011). Religion and coping in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Qualitative themes from the Louisiana Healthy Aging Study. Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 23(3), 236-253.

Lütje-Klose, B., & Tausch, C. (2008). Multilingual children in the American school system- the language policy debate and the consequences. In: Dirim, I., Hauenschild, K., Löser, J., & Lütje-Klose, B., Sievers, I. (Ed.). Ethnische Vielfalt und Mehrsprachigkeit an Schulen - Beispiele aus verschiedenen nationalen Kontexten. Frankfurt: Brandes und Apsel, 67-80.

National awards
2013: German Academic International Network (GAIN), Travel Grant to attend the 17 th European Career Fair, MIT Cambridge, MA
2011: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Travel Grant (Re-Integration of German Scientists from Abroad)
2011: German Academic International Network (GAIN), Travel Grant to attend the 15 th European Career Fair, MIT Cambridge, MA
2009: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Travel Grant (Re-Integration of German Scientists from Abroad)
2007-2008:German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Scholarship for Graduate Studies in the United States
2004-2008: Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst (Germany), Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Germany and the United States

State awards
2011: Organization for the Promotion of Education in Communication Disorders (OPECD Louisiana), Travel Award
2010: Organization for the Promotion of Education in Communication Disorders (OPECD Louisiana), Travel Award
2009: Organization for the Promotion of Education in Communication Disorders (OPECD Louisiana), Travel Award

Institutional awards
2011: Graduate School, Louisiana State University, Travel Award
2011: Department of Communication, Sciences and Disorders, Louisiana State University, Travel Award
2010: Graduate School, Louisiana State University, Travel Award
2010: Department of Communication, Sciences and Disorders, Louisiana State University, Travel Award
2010: Department of Speech Therapy and Pedagogy, Leibniz University Hannover, Travel Award
2009: Graduate School, Louisiana State University, Travel Award
2009: Department of Communication, Sciences and Disorders, Louisiana State University, Travel Award