Dr. Eleonora Rossi

Assistant Professor
Linguistics Department
University of Florida

The overarching goal of Dr. Eleonora Rossi’s work is to understand the linguistics, and neurocognitive bases of bilingual language processing, and its neuroplasticity. Primary tools for her research include linguistic, behavioral and neural measures of language processing using techniques such as electroencephalography (ERPs, TFR analysis, and RS-EEG), eye-tracking,
and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). She got her MA in Speech Pathology at the University of Padua (Italy) with a thesis on two case studies of bilingual aphasia. She then followed this line of work with PhD in Linguistics at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands), in which she investigated language priming in agrammatic aphasic speakers. Her post-doctoral work took her to Penn State University (US) where she worked with on the neurocognition of bilingualism. Throughout her career she have built a strong cross-disciplinary research path by developing expertise in formal linguistics, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and cognitive neuroscience.  At UF, she continues work on the neural underpinnings of bilingualism across the life span. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and other European grant Institutions.

Dr. Gigi Luk

Associate Professor
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
McGill University

Gigi Luk’s research on the cognitive and neural consequences of multilingualism extends across the lifespan. She leads a research program that examines how diverse language experiences shapes development and learning using neuroimaging methods, behavioral methods, and educational data. Luk obtained her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from York University, Canada. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute at the Baycrest Center before joining the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In January 2019, she joined the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University.

Dr. Viorica Marian

School of Communication
Northwestern University

Dr. Viorica Marian is the Sundin Endowed Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University. Since 2000, she directs the Bilingualism and Psycholinguistics Research Lab, with funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. She studies the cognitive, neural, and linguistic consequences of bilingualism, multilingualism, and linguistic diversity, using eye-tracking, mouse-tracking, computational modeling, fMRI, and ERP methodologies. Marian is a Fellow of the Psychonomic Society, a recipient of the University of Alaska Alumni of Achievement Award, the Clarence Simon Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring, and the Editor’s Award for best paper from the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. She previously served as Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University, and currently serves as the Chair of the NIH Study Section on Language and Communication. Her research is frequently featured in the media: http://bilingualism.northwestern.edu/media/.

Dr. Zofia Wodniecka

Associate Professor
Institute of Psychology
Jagiellonian University

Thanks to funding from Foundation for Polish Science, in 2010 she established a Psychology of Language and Bilingualism Lab that explores a phenomenon of bilingualism from a cognitive science perspective. Her research interests include: bilingual language processing and development, consequences of bilingualism, neurocognitive functions underlying a second language use, as well as consequences of second language learning on first language processing and other aspects of cognition. She completed predoctoral training at Penn State University, USA, and postdoctoral training at York University and the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, as well as at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. She is currently a PI on two National Science Center-funded projects related to neurocognitive mechanisms of bilingual language use. She is also a partner in two networking projects related to multilingualism: NSF PIRE project (PI: Judy Kroll) as well as H2020 Innovative Training Networks MultiMind (PI: Theo Marinis).  She is also a director of Bilingualism Matters Krakow and a partner on a outreach project TEAM (Teachers Education about Multilingualism).