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Adriel John Orena

Postdoctoral Researcher, Infant Studies Centre, University of British Columbia

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Infant Studies Centre, under the supervision of Dr. Janet Werker. I received my Ph.D. training in Communication Sciences and Disorders (with a specialization in Language Acquisition) from Dr. Linda Polka at McGill University. My research broadly focuses on the effects of language experience on speech and speaker processing in both infants and adults.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Researcher, University of British Columbia


  • 2018 
    McGill University, Ph.D. Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • 2013 
    University of Waterloo, B.A. Psychology and Business


  • 2019
    Identifying bilingual talkers after a language switch: Language experience matters, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • 2019
    Monolingual and bilingual infants' word segmentation abilities in an inter-mixed dual-language task, Infancy
  • 2019
    Reliability of the Language Environment Analysis (LENA) in French-English Bilingual Speech, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
  • 2017
    Segmenting words from fluent speech during infancy–challenges and opportunities in a bilingual context, Developmental Science
  • 2016
    Reading ability influences native and non-native voice recognition, even for unimpaired readers, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • 2015
    Language exposure facilitates talker learning prior to language comprehension, even in adults, Cognition
  • 2015
    I forget what that's called! Children's online processing of disfluencies depends on speaker knowledge, Child Development