Researchers

Professor Denis Burnham is a research professor in our Speech and Language program and is 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.
Professor Catherine Best is the 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.
Professor Paola is research professor in Linguistics 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.
Professor Caroline Jones is a researcher within the Brain Sciences Program. Caroline’s research interests are in language development, language teaching and learning, language technology, and language issues in health, including early assessment and intervention and communication with elderly people.
Caroline Jones
Michael is Associate Professor Psychological Science in the School of Psychology. His research interests are in Speech and Language and include Second Language Speech Learning, Cross Language Speech Perception, Spoken Word Recognition, Statistical Language Learning and Developmental & Auditory Psycholinguistics.
Gabrielle is a Associate Professor in Psychological Science in the School of 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.
Dr Mark Antoniou is the Research Program Leader of our Speech and Language Program. He is an expert in bilingual language processing, and his research addresses the interaction between language experience and other cognitive systems, and understanding individual differences between learners.
Dr Liquan Liu is a Lecturer in Psychological Science within the School of Psychology. He is connected to our Speech and Language program and his research interests focus on the multi-dimensional effects of multilingualism on infant and child development.
Liquan Liu
Dr Karen Mattock is the Director of Academic Program (Years 1 - 3) within the School of 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.
Dr Lyn Tieu is one of our school-based researchers and a Senior Research Fellow in the Education and Aspirational Change Theme (School of Education). Her research interests include child language acquisition, formal and experimental linguistics, semantics of gesture and the interaction between language and music processing.
Lyn Tieu