Dr Christa Lam-Cassettari

Research Program: Speech and LanguageChrista Lam-Cassettari


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.

Research Interests

  • 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

Past Positions

  • 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.

Full Publications

For a full listing of my publications, please see my Western Sydney University profile page.(opens in a new window)

Contact Christa


Phone+61 2 9772 6276
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)