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Diane Poulin-Dubois, PhD

Professor, Concordia University Research Chair in Developmental Cybernetics, Psychology

Full Professor

Diane Poulin-Dubois, PhD
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2219
Website(s): Lab website


PhD (Université de Montréal)
Postdoctoral Fellow (McGill; Harvard University) 

Research interests

My research interests center on early cognitive and language development.   A first area of research concerns the development of categorization abilities and the development of word meaning in infancy and early childhood (NSERC Discovery Grant).   A second area of research concerns early social cognition, particularly the development of a theory of mind during the first two years of life.   At what age and how infants attribute desires, emotions, and intentions is currently being examined by comparing infants' behaviors towards people and robots. One goal of this research program is to develop screening instruments for autism spectrum disorders. (SSHRC Insight grant). Finally, I am part of an international research team conducting a 5-year longitudinal study on bilingual and monolingual children to explore how early verbal skills predict literacy and school achievement (NICHD R01 grant).

Teaching activities


PSYC 431        Infancy

PSYC 364        Fundamentals of Cognition                                                      



PSYC 714        Central Topics, Graduate Seminar                                            

PSYC 725        Current Issues in Developmental Science,Graduate Seminar     

Selected publications

Selected Publications

Schuwerk,T., Kampis,D., Baillargeon,R., Biro, S., Bohn, M., Byers-Heinlein,K., ..., Poulin-Dubois, D., M. C., Rakoczy,H.(accepted pending data collection).  Actionanticipation based on an agent's epistemic state intoddlers and adults. ChildDevelopment

Poulin-Dubois, D., Neumann, C., Masoud, S.,& Gazith, A. (2021). Effect of bilingualism on infants’ cognitive flexibility. Bilingualism:Language and Cognition, 1-14.

Ruel, A., Chiarella, S. S.,Crivello, C., & Poulin-Dubois, D. (2021). Concurrent validity of the modified checklist for autism in toddlers(M-CHAT): Socio-cognitive and verbal skills in 18-Month-Old infants. Journalof Autism and Developmental Disorders, 51(3), 933-949.

Crivello, C., Grossman, S., &Poulin-Dubois, D. (2021). Specifying links between infants’ theory of mind,associative learning, and selective trust. Infancy, 26(5), 664-685.

Kehoe, M.,Poulin-Dubois, D. & Friend, M (in press). Within- and cross-language

relationsbetween phonological memory, vocabulary, and grammar in bilingual children. Journal of Speech, Language, and HearingResearch.

Kehoe,M., Friend, M., & Poulin-Dubois, D. (2021). Relations between phonologicalproduction, grammar and the lexicon in bilingual French-English children. InternationalJournal of Bilingualism, 136700692110319.

Resendes, T., Benchimol-Elkaim, B., Delisle, C., René, J-L., &Poulin-Dubois, D. (2021). What Iknow and what you know: The role of metacognitive strategies in preschoolers’’selective social learning. Cognitive Development, 60,

Smolak, E.,Hendrickson, K., Zesiger, P., Poulin-Dubois, D., & Friend, M. (2021).Visual and haptic responses as measures of word comprehension and speed ofprocessing in toddlers: Relative predictive utility. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 203, 1-19. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2020.105032.

Poulin-Dubois, D., Dutemple, E., & Burnside, K. (2021). NaïveTheories of Biology, Physics, and Psychology in Children with ASD. Journalof Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-10. doi:10.1007/s10803-020-04813-9.


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