Research Program: Speech and Language
Dr Christa Lam-Cassettari's expertise in infant language acquisition, especially the role of infant responsiveness in shaping IDS modifications to normal hearing and hearing-impaired infants is demonstrated in her doctoral dissertation, The Influence of Infant Hearing Loss on Mother-Infant Interaction: Implications for Infant-Directed Speech, Infant Responsiveness and Vocabulary Development (Lam-Cassettari, 2010).
She relocated to the UK in 2010 to undertake a postdoctoral position at the Nottingham Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing, to investigate the intervention effects of psychosocial video-feedback on parent-child communication in the context of congenital child hearing-impairment. She also attained Phase 2 accreditation in the delivery of the psycho-social video feedback intervention that enhances parent-child communication in families, and is currently completing her Phase 3 accreditation in Video-interaction Guidance.
Dr 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.
- Production and perception of emotion in infant-directed speech (IDS)
- Similarities and differences in IDS across populations
- Role of IDS in infant language acquisition
- Parent-child communication
- Factors that adversely affect emotional availability
Qualifications and Honours
- 2014 - Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, 4 087 000 (SEK), The impact of vocal emotion on early word learning: Behavioural and neural responses to parental infant-directed speech in Swedish and Australian English, Co-Investigator
- 2010 - PhD, Psychology, MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University, Australia
- 2006 - Bachelor of Psychology, Honours Class 1. Western Sydney University, Australia
- Postdoctoral Research Officer, MARCS Institute BabyLab, Western Sydney University (2012-2014)
- Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-2012), National Institute of Health Research Nottingham Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing, University of Nottingham, UK
- Tutor (Biological Psychology and Perceptual Processes, 2008, 2009, 2010), School of Psychology, Western Sydney University.
- Tutor (Human Learning and Cognition, 2007), School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University.
For a full listing of my publications, please see my Western Sydney University profile page.(opens in a new window)