Our Team

The MARCS BabyLab research team consists of the BabyLab Leader, Researchers, Research Officers, Research Assistants and Research Students. The BabyLab research team is supported in an administration role by the BabyLab Coordinator.

To contact one of our team directly, click the profile or email icons below each staff members bio. For more information about our team, feel free to contact us.

Dr Marina Kalashnikova is a postdoctoral research fellow in our Speech and Language program, and the BabyLab Leader. Her research focuses on the early processes of lexical acquisition, and the relationship between early linguistic, social, and cognitive development.
Marina Kalashnikova
Professor Denis Burnham is the leader of our Speech and Language research program and the founder of the BabyLab at Western Sydney University. His research interests are in infant speech perception, cross-language speech perception, auditory-visual speech perception, lexical tone perception; special speech registers; speech and music; corpus studies; and human-machine interaction.
Denis Burnham
Professor Catherine Best is chair in psycholinguistic research and leader of the Institute's speech production laboratory. Her research focuses on how adults’ and infants’ experience with their native language shapes their perception and production of the phonological elements of spoken words, including consonants, vowels, lexical tones and prosodic patterns.
Catherine Best
Associate Professor Caroline Jones is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow. Her research interests are in children's speech development, child-directed or caregiver speech, and documenting phonetic structures, particularly in non-standard language varieties and language revitalisation contexts.
Caroline Jones
Paola is an Associate Professor at The MARCS Institute. Her work focuses on speech and visual processing in diverse populations, including monolingual and multilingual infants, young children, and adults as well as zebra finches.
Paola Escudero
Professor Jeesun Kim is a researcher in our Multisensory Communication research program. Her research concerns information processing in face-to-face communication and involves measuring/analysing properties of auditory speech and facial movements (visual speech) of talkers in various communication conditions, and how such conditions impact on speech production and perception.
Jeesun Kim
Dr Christa Lam-Cassettari's research aims to understand how psychosocial factors influence early speech and language development. She is currently co-investigator on a grant investigating the relationship between vocal emotion in parents’ infant-directed speech and early word learning in Sweden and Australia.
Christa Lam-Cassettari
Dr Karen Mulak is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL).
Karen Mulak 2
Dr Karen Mattock is Lecturer in Lifespan Development and Honours convenor (Psychology) in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. Her research interests are in infant and child language development, particularly in the areas of speech perception, babbling, bilingualism and infant-directed speech, as well as word learning in infants, children and adults.
Karen Mattock
Dr Gabrielle Weidemann is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. She is currently conducting research examining associative learning and classical conditioning processes in human participants and the role that associative learning and memory play in the acquisition of likes and dislikes.
Gabrielle Weidemann
Dr Benjawan Kasisopa is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Infant Studies: HEARing Cooperative Research Centre.
Benjawan Kasisopa
Dr Christine Kitamura is an adjunct researcher in our Speech and Language program. Her research encompasses early speech perception and language acquisition in infancy, infant auditory-visual speech perception, and the role infant directed (ID) ID speech plays in mapping social/emotional and linguistic cues to support language acquisition.
Christine Kitamura
Maria is a Research Assistant in the Western Sydney University BabyLab.
Maria Christou-Ergos
Claire Davis is a Research Assistant at the MARCS BabyLab.
Isabel is a Research Assistant in the Western Sydney University BabyLab and is involved in projects investigating accent perception and infant/adult directed speech.
Isabel Lopez
Candice is a research assistant at the Western Sydney University BabyLab and is currently involved in various studies at the University's Bankstown and Kingswood campuses.
Candice Michael
Scott is a Research Assistant in the Western Sydney University BabyLab and is currently involved in the Seeds of Literacy project.
Scott O'Loughlin 2
Christina is a Research Assistant in the Marcs BabyLab and is currently involved in a number of infant behavioural studies under the supervision of Associate Professor Paola Escudero, Dr Karen Mulak and Dr Rachel Robbins.
Christina Quattropani 2
Nicole is a Research Assistant in the Western Sydney University BabyLab and is currently involved in a number of infant behavioural studies under the supervision of Associate Professor Paola Escudero and Dr Karen Mulak.
Nicole Traynor 2
Ruth's thesis title is "Depression and anxiety in the postnatal period: An examination of maternal speech, the mother-infant interaction and infant developmental outcomes"
Ruth Brookman 2
Anne's thesis title is "Social influences on early language experience and infant vocabulary development."
Anne Dwyer 2
Valeria's thesis title is "Perception of English morphophonology by adult native speakers of Mandarin and Cantonese".
Valeria Peretokina
Gloria is a Research Assistant in the MARCS BabyLab and is collaborating in various projects under the supervision of Associate Professor Paola Escudero.
Gloria Escobar 2
Tina’s thesis title is “Early word recognition and perceptual adaptation across regional English accents by Arabic-L1 children in Australia” .
Tina White 2
Jenny's thesis title is "Lexical retrieval performance and bilingualism".