Monika Molnar, PhD
Dr. Molnar received her Ph.D. from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the neural and behavioral correlates of monolingual and bilingual speech processing. At McGill, she also conducted research on how bilingual and monolingual learning contexts affect typical language development in preverbal infants exposed to English and/or French. Previous to joining the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto, she completed her postdoctoral training at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, & Language (BCBL) in Spain (where she also became a Staff Scientist and Research Group Leader). At the BCBL, her research focused on how young children and infants who learn Spanish and/or Basque adapt to a bilingual or a monolingual environment at the neural, cognitive, and behavioral levels.
Dr. Molnar’s teaching and current research interests focus on infants and young children with multilingual, bilingual, and monolingual backgrounds, including typically developing populations and populations at (familial) risk of language disorders. In addition, she is interested in to what degree acute otitis media during early childhood interacts with speech perception development. To address her research, Dr. Molnar is using behavioral, eye-tracking, Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS), and EEG/ERP techniques.