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Research Team


Director of the Lisbon Baby Lab. 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. Prime investigator of the EBELa and DEPE Projects.


Marisa is a Researcher currently working on visual prosody in Portuguese Spoken and Sign Languages. For her PhD (University of Lisbon, 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, member of the research team of the Horinzon 21 project. 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.


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, he is member of the research team of the EBELa Project. Nuno is investigating the development of temporal patterns from the first words until age three, and assessing the relation between temporal patterns in child speech, in child directed speech and adult directed speech.


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 Beginners Research grant at the Lisbon Baby Lab. He has recently graduated in Language Sciences at the University of Lisbon, and language acquisition and speech pathology are among his research interests.


Postdoctoral research fellow with a FCT grant. Member of team of the EBELa and Horizon21 projects. Marisa got her PhD in 2014 at the University of Oporto, with a thesis on prosodic abilities in typically developing children and those with autism spectrum disorders.


Currently at the University of Bristol, Joe was a Postdoctoral research fellow within the Investigator FCT Program, with a project on speech segmentation and later language development in European Portuguese learning infants. He is a member of the PLOs project research team. Joe got his PhD in Psychology at the University of Plymouth in 2010, with a thesis on the perception of accents and dialects in adults and infants.


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, and continued her collaboration with the Lisbon Baby Lab.