Lab Members



Current Lab Members:

Recent members


Current Lab Members

Douglas Shiller, PhD/SLP-CA

Douglas Shiller

Assistant Professor
School of Speech Pathology and Audiology
University of Montreal

CHU St.Justine Research Center

doug.shiller [at] (Email)

Douglas Shiller is Assistant Professor in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at l'Université de Montréal, and a researcher at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre. His research interests lie in the area of speech production and perception, with a current focus on the role of auditory input in the development and control of speech production in healthy and disordered populations.


Myriam Kornisch

Post-doctoral researcher

myriam.kornisch [at] (Email)

Myriam Kornisch is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music and the Montreal Neurological Institute. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Canterbury. Her main areas of interest include the neural basis of developmental stuttering and bilingualism. Her current research focuses on the role of speech sensorimotor control and executive functions and their interaction in stuttering and bilingualism. 



Laureline Arnaud

Laureline Arnaud

PhD candidate
Integrated Program in Neuroscience

laureline.arnaud [at] (Email)

My research concerns auditory perception in blind individuals. I use behavioral and neuroimaging techniques to understand how speech perception is modified in congenitally blind adults. For this project I am working in collaboration with Dr. Lucie Ménard and her team (Laboratoire de Phonétique, UQAM) I am also interested in understanding how speech perception is altered in children with cerebral palsy. Before that, I was involved in projects on epileptic (implanted with stereo electroencephalography) patients. I am involved in an outreach program called BrainReach / Mission Cerveau. 900 grade 4 children and 600 teenagers in secondary 3 in the 'Grand Montreal' area receive monthly sessions about the brain.


Arnaud, L., Sato, M., Ménard, L., Gracco, V. L. (2013). Repetition-suppression for speech processing in the associative occipital and parietal cortex of congenitally blind adults. PLoS ONE 8(5): e64553. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064553. pdf



Benjamin Elgie

Benjamin Elgie

benjamin.elgie [at] (Email)

My research concerns the role of brain motor regions in speech production and perception, and the influence of modality, task, and speech level on their contribution. I am also investigating the interaction of somatosensory and auditory feedback in speech adaptation. I have an interest in various investigative techniques, especially the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation to alter brain activity.

Anastasia Sares

Anastasia Sares

PhD candidate
Integrated Program in Neuroscience

anastasia.sares [at] (Email)

Anastasia is a PhD student in the McGill Integrated Program in Neuroscience, and is interested in investigating the intersection between language and music processing using structural and functional MRI. Anastasia graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor's degree in biological sciences. There, she contributed to fMRI research on music processing in the Seger Laboratory as well as research on synaptic transmission in the Reist Laboratory.

Robert van de Vorst

PhD student
Communication Sciences and Disorders

My current research focuses on speech and non-speech sensorimotor control and learning in individuals who stutter. Other interests include sensorimotor integration in musicians and the relationship between language and music.

Recent Members


picture Don Nguyen

Don Nguyen

former research assistant
BSc Physiology

don.nguyen [at] (Email)

Technical and emotional support with electroencephalography, auditory brainstem response, and transcranial direct current stimulation.

Help with hardware and software set-ups (Matlab, Presentation), data collection and analysis.


Fatemeh Mollaei

Former PhD student (graduated in 2016)

Communication Sciences and Disorders

fatemeh.mollaei [at] (Email)

My research interests focus on speech sensorimotor control of normal brain and neurological disorders, especially degenerative diseases (Parkinson, Alzheimer), as well as the neural substrates of speech motor control and speech production using neuroimaging techniques such as EEG, fMRI, TMS. Currently, I am studying speech monitoring and percpetual deficits in patients with Parkinson’s disease using altered auditory feedback.


Mollaei F, Shiller D, Gracco VL (2013). Sensorimotor adaptation of speech in Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders. 28(12), 1668-1674. doi: 10.1002/mds.25588.

Jonathan Berken

Former PhD student (graduated in 2015)
Integrated Program in Neuroscience

jonathan.berken [at] (Email)

Jonathan Berken has obtained his doctoral candidate at the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music and the Montreal Neurological Institute. Supervised by Drs. Vincent Gracco and Denise Klein, his research focused on the neural basis of bilingualism using such neurimaging techniques as functional and structural MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, cortical thickness and voxel-based morphometry. Johnathan double-majored in French and Psychology and Yale University before coming to McGill. There, also under the guidance of Vincent Gracco, he wrote his psychology thesis on the role of the basal ganglia in language translation.


François-Xavier Brajot

fx.brajot pic02Former PhD student (graduated in 2014)
Ohio University

fx.brajot [at] (Email)

My research interests are in the areas of speech sensorimotor control, speech acoustic analysis, acquired disorders of speech and swallowing, and the application of research methodologies to the clinical setting. I am currently studying speech-related modulation of auditory processing in individuals with Parkinson's disease using altered auditory feedback and electroencephalographic techniques.


Isabelle Deschamps

(CV [.pdf])picture Isabelle Deschamps

Former PhD student (graduated in 2013)
Post-doctoral researcher at 
Université Laval

isabelle.deschamps [at] (Email)

The research that I am currently undertaking focuses on the processes underlying speech perception, speech production and their interactions in healthy brains and neurological disorders. I am planning on using modern neuroimaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to investigate the role of speech perception, speech production and their interaction in developmental stuttering and normal language development.


Krystyna Grabski

Krystyna Grabski

Recent Member
McGill University

krystyna.grabski [at] (Email)

Mamie Shum

Mamie Shum

Recent Member
Neuroscience & Linguistics


Caitlin Cahill

Caitlin Cahill

Recent Member
Anatomy & Cell Biology


Katerina Klepousniotou

Recent member
University of Leeds
Institute of Psychological Sciences

ekaterini.klepousniotou [at] (Email)

Pascale Tremblay, PhD student

Pascale Tremblay

Former PhD student (graduated in 2009)
Université Laval
Centre de Recherche UL Robert-Giffard

Laboratoire des neurosciences de la parole et de l'audition

pascale.tremblay [at] (Email)

Sarah Smits-Bandstra

Recent member
St. Cloud State University
SCSU Communication Sciences and Disorders

smsmitsbandstra [at] (Email)

Alexandra Devieux

Recent member
University of British Columbia

alexandra.devieux [at] (Email)

Marc Sato

Recent Member

Speech and Language Laboratory, CNRS & Aix-Marseille University

marc.sato [at] (Email)

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