Associate Professor Michael Tyler

Research program: Speech and Language


Western Sydney University has been a magnet in Michael Tyler's career. He first completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Sydney (1993-1995), double-majoring in Psychology and Linguistics, followed by an honours year at the University of Western Sydney (1996, Supervisor: Dr. Kate Stevens). After beginning his PhD in Psychology at the University of New South Wales in 1998, under the supervision of Prof. Denis Burnham, he soon transferred to the University of Western Sydney, where Prof. Burnham had taken up the position of Director of MARCS Auditory Laboratories.

After completing his PhD he moved to France (Dijon) for a one-year postdoctoral research appointment at the Laboratoire d'Etude de l'Apprentissage et du Développement (CNRS), Université de Bourgogne and then to the Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) for a further 7 months. After nearly two years overseas, the UWS magnet pulled him back again. He returned to MARCS in 2005 to work with Prof. Catherine Best on cross-language speech perception. In 2008 he took up a position as Lecturer in the School of Psychology and he continues to collaborate with his colleagues in MARCS Auditory Laboratories.

Research Interests

  • Second Language Speech Learning;
  • Cross-Language Speech Perception;
  • Spoken Word Recognition;
  • Statistical Language Learning;
  • Developmental and Auditory Psycholinguistics;
  • Research Methodology

Qualifications and Honours

  • PhD of the Year, Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA), 2003.
  • Australian Psychological Society Prize in Psychology 1997.
  • University Medal, University of Western Sydney, 1997.


A full listing of my publications can be found on my page in Google Scholar

Contact Michael
Phone+61 2 9772 6507
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)