Yufang Ruan

Academic title(s): 

Doctoral Student

Yufang Ruan
Dr. Linda Polka (Supervisor)
Contact Information
Email address: 
yufang.ruan [at] mail.mcgill.ca

M.Sc. in Fundamental Psychology, Beijing Normal University, China
B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, Dalian University of Technology, China

Professional activities: 

Yufang is the McGill Chapter Lead of Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Gender and Health Trainee Network, and a graduate student member of Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music. She is also part of the cross-disciplinary Language Acquisition Program. Yufang reviews articles for Applied Psycholinguistics, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, and Scientific Studies of Reading. She was teaching assistant to Statistics for Experimental Design at Department of Psychology during 2018-2019.

Research areas: 
Bilingual learners and speakers
Early childhood development
Language Development and Developmental Disorders
Current research: 

Yufang's research interests concern language development and developmental disorders. Currently her research focuses on how speech perception and production intertwined facilitate language acquisition in infancy and how sex hormones and language environment shapes one’s developmental trajectory.

Selected publications: 

Polka, L. & Ruan, Y. (2021). The Ins and Outs of Baby Talk. Acoustics Today. 17(1), 26-44. http://doi.org/10.1121/AT.2021.17.1.26

Polka, L., Ruan, Y., & Masapollo, M. (2019). Understanding vowel perception biases – it’ time to take a meta-analytic approach. In A. M. Nyvad, M. Hejna, A. Hojen, A. B. Jesperson, & M. Hjortshoj (Eds.). A Sound Approach to Language Matters – In Honor of Ocke-Schwen Bohn (pp. 561–582). https://doi.org/10.7146/aul.322.218

Ruan, Y., Georgiou, G. K., Song, S., Li, Y., & Shu, H. (2018). Does writing system influence the associations between phonological awareness, morphological awareness, and reading? A meta-analysis. Journal of Educational Psychology, 110(2), 180-202. https://doi.org/10.1037/edu0000216

Wermke, K., Ruan, Y., Feng, Y., Dobnig, D., Stephan, S., Wermke, P., …, Shu, H., (2017). Fundamental Frequency Variation in Crying of Mandarin and German Neonates. Journal of Voice. 31(2), 255.e25-255.e30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2016.06.009


Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

FRQSC Bourse de Doctorat en Recherche (2021-2022)

China Scholarship Council-McGill Joint Fellowship (2017-2021)

McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship

Drs. Annalee & Mark Abelson Travel Fund in Medicine

CRBLM Graduate Travel Award

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