Dr Karen Mulak

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Program: Speech and Language

Karen Mulak


Karen received her PhD in Psycholinguistics from the MARCS Institute in September, 2012. Her thesis was entitled "Development of phonologically specified word forms" and looked at children's ability to understand speech across various accents. She now continues in this research area, working with Prof Cathi Best and Dr Jason Shaw on the ARC research program "Perceptual adaptation to regional accents as a new lens on the puzzle of spoken word recognition," and with Dr Paola Escudero on the ARC research program "Understanding different speakers versus different accents.".

In 2015, Karen was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL).(opens in a new window) Dr Mulak will work with Associate Professor Paola Escudero, one of the three Chief Investigators based at Western Sydney University within the ARC CoEDL, and other researchers, to develop questionnaires and testing tools for bilingual populations. She will use these tools to examine how regular exposure to more than one language or accent affects infants', children's and adults' ability to discriminate sounds and learn words in an unfamiliar language.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psycholinguistics, Western Sydney University, Australia
  • Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, Trinity College, Connecticut, United States


  • Research Officer, MARCS Institute BabyLab
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

Full Publications

For a full listing of my publications, please see my personal publications page. (opens in a new window)

Contact Karen

Email k.mulak@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone +61 2 9772 6021
Location Western Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)
Room 3.G.10