Dr. Marina Kalashnikova is a Researcher in Infancy Studies at the MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney and the leader of the MARCS BabyLab. She joined the MARCS Institute in 2013 after completing her Bachelor and Masters studies in Languages and Linguistics at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA and her PhD in Psychology at the University of Lancaster, UK. During her PhD, she investigated the development of early word-learning strategies and their relation to children’s individual linguistic experience and social-cognitive abilities.
Dr. Kalashnikova investigates the processes of language acquisition in the first years of life with a specific focus on early language input, speech perception skills, and lexical development. She is particularly interested in assessing the effects of individual language experience on language acquisition in children who are exposed to more than one language from birth or who are at risk for developing a cognitive (e.g., dyslexia) or sensory disorder (e.g., hearing impairment).