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Our Team


Graduate Trainee

Anna Liu

Anna is a PhD student in Psychology at UTM. She received her BSc in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University, where she completed her thesis on infant social bias in the Baby Lab. Before starting her PhD, she also worked as a Research Assistant in the Baby Lab in collaboration with Dr. Kang Lee's Development Lab at OISE. She is mainly interested in how diverse linguistic environments influence other aspects of child development. Outside of the lab, she enjoys translating Chinese media and playing the piano.


Undergraduate ROP Student

Emily Prete

Emily is entering her second year at UTM studying psychology. Her experiences volunteering and working with children inspired her interest in child communication development. She has a strong interest in research and hopes to gain a greater understanding of how we process what we hear. In her free time Emily likes to read and spend time with her family.


SROP Student

Vashti Kamassah

Vashti recently received her BA in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Throughout her time at the university she has taken a unique approach to her psychology degree so that she may be able to service minority communities with holistic treatments. Due to this, much of her research and literature reviews center around music (Musically Evoked Autobiographical Memories in those with Alzheimer's, Using Music to aid Second Language Teaching, Music-Intervention Improving Sleep Quality in Insomniacs, etc.). In her spare time Vashti enjoys travelling, baking and listening to music.


Undergraduate RA

Teia Tremblett

Teia is currently an undergraduate student at UTM. She is actively working towards a specialist in Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Her primary goal is to gain research experience through studies and programs on campus, as well as through extracurricular activities pertaining to psychology, especially clinical psychology. Teia hopes to gain valuable and applicable experience here for future endeavours.  In her personal life, Teia enjoys spending time with her cats and trying out new coffee spots.  

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Undergraduate ROP Student

Selina Sabetti-Franklin

Selina is an undergraduate student at UTM who is currently working towards a psychology specialty degree. Her interests include pursuing research within the field of cognitive development and social relationships. She is also interested in pursuing research regarding children’s learning and development, with a focus on language development. She is enthusiastic about working on hearing- related projects in the LAMA Lab at UTM. Apart from her strong interests in psychology research, she currently works as a retail supervisor and a medical receptionist. She enjoys watching crime documentaries, trying out new food locations, and spending time with my friends and family.


Undergraduate IRP Student

Jessica Luk

Jessica is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Mississauga, specializing in Psychology. She will be doing an IRP this fall and she is interested in developmental psychology in children with experiments related to music as studied in the LAMA lab. Jessica wants to look into how auditory training can help develop skills needed in other domains. Growing up, she was put into music lessons by her parents and gained a passion for instrumental music.


Graduate Trainee

Anne Cabildo

Anne is a first-year psychology graduate student at the University of Toronto. She recently completed her undergraduate studies at Toronto Metropolitan University with a minor in music and culture. She is interested in exploring the neural correlates underlying music and language processing as well as the effects of musical training on communication skills. Alongside her passion for research, Anne enjoys reading novels and performing music around the city.


Undergraduate ROP Student

Grace Otto

Grace is currently a 3rd year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Mississauga! She is specializing in Neuroscience with a minor in Creative Writing. With the LAMA laboratory, Grace is enrolled and set to complete an ROP (Research Opportunity Program) for the 2022 summer session! She is currently interested in how brain activity and perceptual attention may differ when hearing voices of different emotions.

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Undergraduate RA

Meyha Chhatwal

Meyha is a fourth-year BSc Honours student at UTM specializing in Neuroscience and majoring in Biology for Health Sciences. Her interests include a range of topics within cognitive and developmental neuroscience research. She is particularly interested in studying music and language acquisition in infants and young children at the lab. In her free time, Meyha enjoys singing, baking, teaching English to her students, and spending time with friends and family. 


Undergraduate RA

Ryan Mark David

Ryan is an undergraduate student pursuing a specialist in Neuroscience at UTM. His interests include understanding how music influences neurocognitive development and exploring the clinical implications of music paradigms. He enjoys playing classical piano, volleyball, and reading philosophy. Aside from his research interests and hobbies, he teaches piano and works at a metabolic clinic.


Undergraduate ROP Student

Mia Amiel

Mia is entering her third year as an undergraduate student at UTM studying psychology. She has a strong interest in psychological research, specifically the study of interpersonal relationships and communication, as well as a long history in musical studies. She played the clarinet in her high school band and has also been a member of the musical theatre group in her hometown for 6 years. The LAMA Lab at UTM presented itself as a perfect opportunity for her to gain more experience doing research that combined two of her greatest interests.

Join the Team








We do not have any openings
for the 2023-2024 year,

but feel free to reach out to

Dr. der Nederlanden

for any inquiries.


We are looking to hire a postdoc starting around January 2023. The ideal candidate will have interests in music and language and auditory scene analysis and experience doing EEG/MEG (time-frequency domain analysis experience is a plus!). Reach out to Dr. der Nederlanden.

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