Early Childhood Education

Dr. Rita Irwin, EdD

Dr. Rita Irwin, EdD

Professor

Arts education, arts teacher education, teacher education, arts based research, research creation, artists-in-residence, community engagement, diversity, international education, refugee education

Peter Gouzouasis, BMus, MMus, PhD (Music)

Professor

Arts-based research, autoethnography, creative analytical practices, creativity in teaching and learning, digital media in teaching and learning, early childhood education, jazz (performance and recorded music), music media, music learning, and pedagogy

Carla Hudson Kam, PhD

Professor & Canada Research Chair

Language development, second language acquisition, critical periods for learning, input and language learning, language learning and language change, children’s books

Dr. Mariana Brussoni, PhD

Dr. Mariana Brussoni, PhD

Associate Professor

Child development, parenting, outdoor play, risky play, risk taking, risk perception, early childhood education, injury prevention,

Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, PhD

Associate Professor

Interim Director, Human Early Learning Partnership

Children’s social and emotional development, empathy, moral development, bullying, risk and resiliency, adolescent stress and coping, transition to school, transition to adulthood (emerging adulthood), social and emotional learning in school

Nancy Perry, PhD

Professor

Motivation and self-regulated learning in young children, social perspectives on teaching and learning, reading and writing, accommodating individual difference in general education classrooms, learning disabilities, special education

Dr. Farah Shroff, BSc, MEd (Primary Health Care), PhD

Dr. Farah Shroff, BSc, MEd (Primary Health Care), PhD

Public Health Researcher and Educator

public health, social equity, women’s health, global politics, social determinants of health, anti-racism, anti-imperialism, integrative health, holistic health practices, yoga, meditation, indigenous systems of health, health policy,

Darko Odic, PhD

Darko Odic, PhD

Assistant Professor

Cognitive development, language acquisition, mathematics, perception of time and space, psychophysics, visual cognition, preschoolers, confidence, statistics

Susan Birch, PhD Yale

Associate Professor

Social perspective taking, social learning, social cognition, imitation, nonverbal behavior, confidence, communication, decision-making, impression formation, child development, the study of children and adults’ social perspective taking abilities (i.e., their abilities to reason about other peoples’ mental states–their intentions, knowledge, and beliefs) and how their abilities to take another person’s perspective impacts how they form impressions of others, learn from others, communicate with others, and informs a range of socials. Of particular interest is a) how children make inferences about what is credible information to learn (e.g., how they decide whether someone is a credible source of information based on how confident that person seems) and b) how a widespread bias in perspective taking referred to as ‘the curse of knowledge bias’ (a difficulty reasoning about a more naive perspective as the result of being biased by one’s current knowledge) can impair communication (both written and in person) and decision-making across a range of fields (politics, law, education, economics, medicine, etc.)

Stephen Berg, PhD

Stephen Berg, PhD

Assistant Professor

Children’s physical activity and health, physical education, health education, curriculum, pedagogy

Lara Boyd, PT, PhD

Lara Boyd, PT, PhD

Professor, CIHR Delegate & Health Research Advisor to the VP Research

Brain, neuroscience, rehabilitation, neuroplasticity, learning, motor learning, stroke, educational neuroplasticity, MRI, functional MRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation, healthy aging, exercise

Guofang Li, PhD

Guofang Li, PhD

Professor

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair

Immigration, immigrant children’s language and literacy education, English as a second language (ESL) education, Chinese heritage language education, early childhood education, family literacy, technology-enhanced language teaching, pre- and inservice TESOL teacher education, cross-cultural studies

Dr. Lauren Emberson, PhD

Dr. Lauren Emberson, PhD

Assistant Professor

developmental cognitive neuroscience, learning abilities, memory, perception (audition and vision),