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Research Team


Director of the Lisbon Baby Lab and the Principal Investigator of the Horizon21, PLOs and P2LINK projects. She got her PhD in 1999 with a thesis on prosodic structure and intonation. Her research focuses on the acquisition and development of prosody, both in language perception and production, and on how prosodic cues may help bootstrapping the learning of language.


Director of the Phonetics Lab. Associate Professor at the Linguistics Department, Marina got her PhD in 2001 with a thesis on the prosodic word. Her research focuses on the interface between phonology, morphology and the lexicon, with a special interest in word shapes and the properties of words in language. Principal investigator of the EBELa and DEPE projects, and Co-PI of the Horizon21 and P2LINK projects.


Marisa is Assistant Professor at the Linguistics Department. She is currently working on visual prosody in Portuguese Spoken and Sign Languages. For her PhD (2013), she studied prosodic variation (melody, rhythm) within European Portuguese. She is interested in how prosodic variation is expressed by visual cues in production and perception, in adults and children.


Catia is a Researcher within the Predictors of Language Outcomes Project (PLOs). For her PhD (University of Lisbon, 2016), she studied the role of prosody in the development of infants’ segmentation abilities and young children’s abilities to deal with lexical and syntactic ambiguities.


Jovana is a postdoctoral researcher at the Lisbon Baby Lab. She got her PhD in 2019 at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language, with a thesis on the development of audiovisual speech processing in monolingual and bilingual infants.


Marisa is Assistant Researcher at CLUL, member of the team of the EBELaHorizon21 and PLOs projects. She got her PhD in 2014 at the University of Porto, with a thesis on prosodic abilities in typically developing children and children with autism spectrum disorders.


Cláudia is a clinical psychologist at Hospital Santa Maria, and a member of the PLOs project research team. For her PhD (University of Lisbon, 2018), she studied the development of language and communication in Autism.


With a PhD Grant from FCT, Nuno is investigating language development in children learning Portuguese and an additional language.  He is also a member of  the PLOs project research team.


Jahan is currently a PhD student investigating the acquisition of prosody across languages, based on evidence from Persian and Portuguese. He is also involved in the research activities of the PLOs project.


Ricardo holds a Research grant at the Lisbon Baby Lab. In  his MA Thesis (University of Lisbon, 2022)  he studied Prosody and Gestures as predictors of language outcomes.


Associate Professor at University of Porto, David has a Specialty in Pediatric Dentistry. He got his PhD in Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in 2000. His research is developed within the Medical and Health Sciences fields, and he has extensively worked with children with Down Syndrome. He is a member of the team of the P2LINK project.


Senior Lecturer in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, Newcastle University, Institute of Neuroscience, and collaborator of the Lisbon Baby Lab. His research focus on the neurocognition of prosody and intonation, the neurocognition of Phonetics and Phonology, language and speech processing in normal and clinical populations, and developmental aspects of speech & language processing.

Bettina Braun is a Full Professor at the University of Konstanz and a collaborator at the Lisbon Baby Lab. Her research focuses on the question of how the speech continuum is interpreted and processed, with special emphasis on speech prosody (temporal organization, rhythm, intensity and tone). She also investigates the acquisition of prosody in first and second language, as well as the interaction between prosody and other aspects of language

Assistant Professor at the Renmin University of China and collaborator of the Lisbon Baby Lab. Shuang got her PhD in 2013 at the University of Florida, with a thesis on the effects of production training and perception training on tone perception, using behavioral and ERP methods. She was a Post-doctoral research fellow within the EBELa Project.