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Dr. Becky Chen - Multilingualism and Literacy Lab
Dr. Becky Chen - Multilingualism and Literacy Lab

Visiting Scholars

CHENG, Yahua (2019-2020)




Yahua is a lecturer in Department of Psychology, Ningbo University, China. He obtained his PhD in Educational Psychology from Beijing Normal University in 2015. His Doctor’s thesis examined the development of morphological awareness in Chinese children. In recent years, his research mainly focuses on language and literacy acquisition and development in Chinese children. As a principal investigator, He has developed and run three funded research projects. His research has been published in Reading Research Quarterly,Instructional Science, Reading and Writing, Journal of Research in ReadingJournal of Child Language, and Acta Psychologica Sinica (in Chinese).


ZHANG, Cherry Jing (2017-2018)




Cherry Jing Zhang is a Visiting Professor from China who will be collaborating with our lab this academic year. Her CV is provided below:

Cherry Jing Zhang CV

DENG, Yuan (2016-2017)



I am an associate professor in the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. The overall goal of my research is to understand the neural basis and development of reading and learning of Chinese language by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technique. A series of my studies have shown that some brain regions (such as inferior frontal gyrus) are universally involved in reading, but that there are some cross-language differences in other areas (such as specific role of superior parietal cortex in Chinese reading). As a principal investigator, I have developed and run six funded research projects, and have published more than twenty papers in peer-review academic journals. Currently, I am visiting Dr. Becky Chen’s Lab and working on the development of reading in bilingual children.


Visiting Students

SCHMITT, Daniela (2017)


Daniela is a Speech- and Language Pathologist from Munich, Germany. She received her MA in 2016. Her thesis investigated the development of vocabulary in sequential bilingual preschool children. Daniela joined the lab for an internship from the beginning of January to the end of March in 2017. Her research interests are the language and literacy development of bilingual children as well as the indicators for speech and language impairment in this population.  


CORREIA, Lidia (2017-2018)


Lidia Correia works as a Professor Master at Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC), Brazil, where she deals with writing and reading in Portuguese language. She holds three diplomas: 1) Graduation in Tourism; 2) Guaduation in Language (English and Portuguese) and 3) Master in Applied Linguistics. Her Master research focused on phonological acquisition and language development. Currently, Lidia Correia courses her PhD course in the Postgraduate Program in Applied Linguistics, also in Brazil. Her current research focus on reading comprehension of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), as well as the importance of reading strategies for the development of reading comprehension, under the supervisor of Prof. Dr. Wilson Carvalho. At University of Toronto (UofT), Lidia Correia studies under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Becky Xi Chen (OISE). She is a visiting student in her lab, in her Project in the area of language and literacy development and disabilities. Lidia's intention is developing a proposal of teaching autistic people to help them better comprehend texts.


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