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My current research programs examine:

1. The interaction between sensory/perceptual factors (e.g., hearing and visual status) on language processing:

a. the influence of working memory, inhibitory control, and perceptual variables on language processing in younger and older adults (Frtusova, Winneke & Phillips, 2013);

b. audio-visual speech perception in younger and older adults, and in patients with Alzheimer disease and mild cognitive impairment;

2. the impact of bilingualism/multilingualism on cognitive and brain function, including

a. language processing and executive control in younger and older adults (Chauvin & Phillips, 2015Kousaie & Phillips, 2011aKousaie & Phillips, 2011bKousaie & Phillips, 2012);

b. measures of cortical thickness in patients with MCI and AD (Duncan et al., 2015);

3. EEG measures of functional coherence to examine executive function in younger and older adults and in patients with or at risk for dementia (Johns et al., 2012);

4. continued development of and research involving the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA; Nasredine et al., 2005Julayanont et al., 2014; Al-Yawer et al., 2019).


I am also pleased to be involved in the Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). First, I am serving as the academic lead in the development and implementation of the neuropsychology battery. Second, I lead Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) - Team 17: Interventions at the Sensory and Cognitive Interface, which examines how hearing, vision, and cognitive decline interact in persons with dementia. Click here to see a video describing our team’s research and here to visit the team's website. 

Please participate in our research!

Dementia Research

Canada’s largest study on dementia, the Comprehensive Assessment of Neurodegeneration and Dementia (COMPASS-ND) Study, is currently seeking healthy participants ages 60 and older. Learn more about the study here.

Bilingualism Research

We are currently studying how bilinguals understand speech in their first and second language, and are looking for healthy participants ages 60 and older who speak English and French. The studies are short-term (2 sessions of approximately 2 hours each), and participants are compensated for their time. If you are interested, or if you would like to know more, you can contact the Cognition, Aging, and Psychophysiology research team at (514) 848-2424 ext. 7546 or by email at

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