|Laura Cirelli, PhD
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.”
|Haley E. Kragness, PhD
Haley E. Kragness completed her PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University and is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the TEMPO Lab. Her research seeks to better understand human cognition and behavior by studying musical engagement, especially in early childhood. In her doctoral work, she developed a simple method of testing young children’s musical production, leading to insights about musical grouping and emotion understanding. Outside of the lab, Haley is an advocate for open access and scientific practices, an amateur flutist, and a cat enthusiast.
Angela is a first-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 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 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 wellbeing. Beyond her studies, she enjoys performing and teaching music, baking and traveling.
Faith is currently a student at University of Toronto Scarborough who is pursuing a Specialist in Mental Health alongside a Minor in French. She is passionate about children and adolescent mental health and hopes to continue working with them in her career. Academics aside, you will find Faith gaming, reading, playing piano, or trying to figure out how to get back into violin. Music has always been a large part of her life and Faith will always find a way to fit music into whatever she is doing, making the TEMPO lab the perfect place for her to be at!
Areeba is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto (St. George) pursuing a specialist in Neuroscience and a major in Biochemistry. She is passionate about understanding the nuances of neuroplasticity, and after teaching her younger brother to play the keyboard, is very interested in how young children learn. Outside academics, Areeba also likes to bake, play the guitar, read books and travel.
Research AssistantI am Irene, a second year student at UTSC pursuing a double major in neuroscience and human bioloy. My interest in music cognition and my desire to contribute to this research domain stem from my background as a musician. I attended a music school for 10 years and learned to play the double bass and the piano, although now I only play as a hobby. In my leisure time, I like learning gymnastics tricks and trying all different kinds of sports.
Research AssistantNekeisha is currently a third-year student at the University of Toronto (Scarborough) specializing in psychology. She is interested in understanding the cognitive and emotional development in children. In the future, Nekeisha hopes to work with children and families in a clinical setting. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, listening to music, and singing!
Research AssistantAghilan is currently a third-year student at the University of Toronto Scarborough specializing in psychology. He is interested in further examining various facets of children’s socio-emotional development (e.g., children’s understanding of race and group membership, the socialization of children’s emotions, etc.). In his free time, Aghilan loves reading, playing soccer, and working out!
Emma recently completed her BSc (Hons) as a Mental Health Studies Specialist and is currently applying to graduate programs in Clinical Psychology. Her interests focus on child development, particularly ways to make growing up less difficult, and she is committed to intersectional approaches combining evidence-based interventions with individual client preferences. She has worked on a variety of research projects, both individual and collaborative, and is currently preparing her thesis manuscript for peer review.After obtaining her PhD, she hopes to provide mental health support to children and families. In her free time Emma can be found exploring Toronto neighbourhoods with her wife and dogs, eating gelato, and doing statistical analyses for fun!
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
Lanyi Lin, Lab Coordinator 2019-2020
Lucy Anderson, Summer Intern 2020
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
Sankeetha Kathir, Project Student 2020