Nicole Traynor

Research Student

Thesis Title

The role of properties of infant-directed speech on early word learning.

Research Project

My research examines the qualities of infant-directed speech, with particular interest in how much positive affect and hyper-articulation mothers’ use when speaking to their infants, and what role this has on children’s early language development.


B Psychology (Hons), Western Sydney University


Traynor, N. M., Hughes, M., Wood, A., Onslow, G., Edwards, E., Clements, J., & Kohlhoff, J. (Accepted). Supporting families with complex early parenting needs through a virtual residential parenting service: An investigation of outcomes, facilitators, and barriers. Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Kohlhoff, J., Lieneman, C., Cibralic, S., Traynor, N. M., & McNeil, C. B. (2022). Attachment-based parenting interventions and evidence of changes in toddler attachment patterns: An overview. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 25(4), 737–753.

Escudero, P., Mulak, K. E., Elvin, J., & Traynor, N. M. (2018). “Mummy, keep it steady”: Phonetic variation shapes word learning at 15 and 17 months. Developmental Science, 21(5), e12640.

Traynor, N. M., Mulak, K. E., Robbins, R., Weidemann, G., & Escudero, P. (2016). The role of positive affect in the acquisition of word-object associations. Speech Science and Technology Conference, Parramatta, Australia.

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LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)