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Krista Byers-Heinlein

Associate Professor

Concordia University


Research Themes: 

The Communicating Mind and Body

Dr. Krista Byers-Heinlein’s work focuses on how bilingualism in the infant and preschool years affects children’s language, social, and cognitive development. 

She is particularly interested in how bilingual infants navigate their language environments to learn the sounds and words of their language. Much of her work uses bilingualism as a wedge into understanding how early experience shapes development. 

She received her MA and PhD from the University of British Columbia, and currently directs the Concordia Infant Research Lab.

Research interests:  bilingualism, infancy, word learning, speech perception, cognition