Laura Cirelli, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Cirelli received her PhD in psychology from McMaster University. She began directing the TEMPO lab at the University of Toronto, Scarborough in 2018. Her previous research explored how musical activities promote infant prosociality, and how parental song regulates both parent and infant emotional responses. These findings have been featured on David Suzuki’s “The Nature of Things” and National Public Radio’s “Hidden Brain.”

Angela Dou
PhD Candidate

Angela is a second-year PhD student in experimental psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her research interests focus on the intersection between developmental psychology and music engagement among young children. She is especially interested in how parental cues affect song familiarity, and in turn how song recognition affects attentive, emotional, and kinetic expression in infancy. Outside of the lab, Angela enjoys playing the piano, swimming, and watching sci-fi movies.

Matt Eitel, MSc
Lab CoordinatorMatt completed his MSc in the Music, Mind and Brain program at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. His main research interests focus on the perception of chord progressions and how we interpret harmonic content in music. In his spare time, Matt enjoys playing the classical guitar, reading about history, and pondering anything related to music theory.
Catherine Tan
Research Assistant
Catherine is an undergraduate student majoring in Music Education and minoring in Psychology at the University of Toronto. Upon her anticipated graduation in 2023, she hopes to continue to explore her interests in education, music cognition and musics’ influence on well-being. Beyond her studies, she enjoys performing and teaching music, baking and traveling.
Alexander Withers
Research Assistant

“Alexander is currently a third-year student at the University of Toronto (Scarborough) specializing in Mental Health Studies with a Minor in Literature and Film Studies. He is interested in better understanding the complexities of cognitive development and mental health in children and adolescents. In his free time, Alexander enjoys watching movies, playing basketball, and listening to podcasts.”

David Wang
Research Assistant

David is a fourth year student at the University of Toronto Scarborough specializing in psychology. He is interested in how music interacts with cognitive processes such as memory, learning, and language development. Outside of academics he likes to listen to music, play video games, watch TV shows, and has just started learning how to cook!

Brianna Wedderburn
Research AssistantBrianna is a third year student completing her BSc, specializing in Psychology with a Minor in Health Humanities. She is passionate about creating inclusive spaces for children with disabilities, and hopes to explore this more in graduate studies and throughout her career. In her free time, Brianna enjoys listening to music, cooking, and playing video games. She is excited to be a part of the TEMPO Lab sharing her love of music and research with the community.
Nekeisha Jean-Baptiste
Research AssistantNekeisha is currently a fourth-year student at University of Toronto Scarborough specializing in Psychology. Her research interests include mental health and well-being in young adults- especially those in marginalized communities. She enjoys working with children and hopes to continue working with them and their families in addition to young adults in a clinical setting. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, listening to music, and singing!


Past Members

Haley Kragness, Post-doc Fellow 2019-2022

Areeba Qureshi, Research Assistant 2020-2022

Irene Guerrero, Research Assistant 2021-2022

Aghilan Aiyadurai, Research Assistant 2021-2022

Emma Chan, Volunteer 2021-2022

Arooba Mansoor, Thesis Student 2021-2022

Faith Anantharajan, Thesis Student 2021-2022

Farhat Ullah, Project Student 2020-2021

Parjanya Parikh, Project Student 2020-2021

Hanqi Chen, Project Student 2020-2021

Jeffnie Fernando, Project Student 2020-2021

Anusha Dath, Research Assistant 2020-2021

Mikayla Samuel, Lab Coordinator 2020, Research Assistant 2021

Idila Yogeswaran, Research Assistant 2019-2021

Marisa Oliveros, Research Assistant 2019-2021

Sydney Chiu, Research Assistant 2020-2021

Fatima Ali, Research Assistant 2020

Calpanaa Jegatheeswaran, Project Student 2019-2020

Deepika Elango, Lab Manager 2018-2019

Ella Lawrence, Research Assistant 2018-2019

Esther Chow, Summer Intern 2020

Heala Maudoodi, Project Student 2019-2020

Joey Ball, Summer Intern 2020

Julia Santiago, Project Student 2019-2020, Research Assistant Summer 2019

Kevin Naismith, Volunteer 2019

Labeeb Talukder

Lanyi Lin, Lab Coordinator 2019-2020

Laiba Rizwan

Lucy Anderson, Summer Intern 2020

Mishal Dar

Neena Jegandran, Thesis Student 2019-2020

Rachel Moses, Summer Intern 2020

Rachel Peiris, Thesis Student 2019-2020, Project Student 2018-2019

Saghar Baqizada, Research Assistant 2018-2020

Sangavi Sivananthan

Sankeetha Kathir, Project Student 2020

Shreya Jha