CV

Last updated: 09.04.2019

EDUCATION

2009 – 2015: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Optional specialization: Language Acquisition Program
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (SCSD), McGill University, Montreal, Canada

2007 – 2009: M.Sc., Joint European Masters in Clinical Linguistics (EMCL)
Universität Potsdam, Germany
Università degli studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, TheNetherlands

2004 – 2007: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), Honours Psychology
Minor in Italian Literature and Civilization
McGill University, Montreal, Canada

2002 – 2004: Diplôme d’Etudes Collégiales (D.E.C), Natural Sciences
Cégep John Abbott College, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Canada

EMPLOYMENT

Since 2018: Business owner and consultant
Momentum Emporium

Since 2015: Business owner, writer, photographer
Veni Etiam Photography

Since 2014: Leader and social media manager
Collectif Créatif Etsy Montréal

2017: Research associate
Department of Psychology, McGill University

2016: Graduate Program Developer, GradLife Coordinator
Teaching & Learning Services, McGill University

2015 – 2016: Research associate
School of Comm. Sciences & Disorders, McGill University

2014 – 2015: Academic writing consultant
Graphos, McGill Writing Centre

2002-2007: Customer Service Representative
Indigo Books & Music, Montreal

RESEARCH SPECIALIZATION

Neurocognition of language
Bilingualism / multilingualism
First language attrition
Second language acquisition
Language processing and psycholinguistics
Neuroplasticity
Event-related potentials


DISSERTATIONS AND RESEARCH PROJECTS

Sept 2009 – 2015: Ph.D. Dissertation
The case of the non-native-like first language: Neurophysiological evidence of first-language attrition
Supervisor: Dr. Karsten Steinhauer, McGill University

2008 – 2009: Master’s Thesis
The effect of orthographic depth on reading processes in highly proficient Italian and English bilinguals
Supervisor: Dr. Eraldo Paulesu, Università degli studi di Milano-Bicocca

2006 – 2007: Undergraduate Honours Thesis
The role of joint attention and caregiver interaction strategies in early language development of cross-language adopted children from China
Supervisors: Dr. Fred Genesee & Dr. Karine Gauthier, McGill University

2006 – 2007: Undergraduate Research Project
Semantic priming and word-frequency effects in solving anagrams with multiple solutions
Supervisor: Dr. Debra Titone, McGill University

2005 – 2006: Undergraduate Research Project
Expressive language skills of cross-language adopted children
Supervisor: Dr. Fred Genesee, McGill University

RESEARCH FUNDING AND FELLOWSHIPS

2015. Shortlisted for Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (listed as alternate due to quota)
2014: Graduate Student Stipend, Center for Research on Brain, Language and Music
2012: Michael-Smith Foreign Study Supplement, CIHR
2011-2014: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, CIHR
2009-2012: Richard H. Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowship, McGill University
2009: Berlin Mind & Brain Doctoral Fellowship, offer declined
2009: Provost Graduate Fellowship, McGill University, offer declined
2009: Principal’s Graduate Fellowship, McGill University, offer declined
2007-2009: Erasmus Mundus Master Scholarship
2007-2010: Master’s Fellowship, FQRSC
2007-2010: Master’s Research Fellowship, SSHRC, offer declined
2007-2010: Lacey Graduate Scholarship, University of British Columbia, offer declined
2006: Undergraduate Research Fellowship, FRSQ

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

2015: Abelson Travel Award, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
2013: Workshop on Neurobilingualism Travel Award
2012: Travel Award, Center for Research on Brain, Language and Music
2012: Graduate International Travel Fund, McGill University
2011: Travel Award, Center for Research on Brain, Language and Music
2011: Travel Award, Center for Research on Brain, Language and Music
2010: Travel Award, Center for Research on Brain, Language and Music
2007: Delta Upsilon Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Studies, McGill University
2007: Award for outstanding Honours thesis, Canadian Psychological Association
2007: First Class Honours, McGill University
2007: Dean of Science Honour List, McGill University
2006: J. W. McConnell Award, McGill University
2006: Prince of Wales Award, McGill University
2006: Dean of Science Honour List, McGill University
2004-2007: Nancy Falck Scholarship, Indigo Books & Music
2004-2007: AUCC Scholarship, Bell Canada

SCIENTIFIC AND ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP

Leadership in academic setting

2014: PhD student representative, SCSD, McGill University
2014: Consultant on academic writing groups, McGill Writing Centre and Graphos, McGill
Since 2009: Creator and coordinator of the EMCL Alumni Network and co-organizer of EMCL Alumni webpage, Universität Potsdam, http://emcl-mundus.com/alumni/alumni.php
2012: Student Discussion Facilitator, “Academic Integrity Day”, SKILLSETS, McGill
2007 – 2008: Student Representative of M.Sc. students in European Masters of Clinical Linguistics (EMCL) program, Universität Potsdam (Germany), Università degli studi di Milano-Bicocca (Italy) and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (The Netherlands)

Organization of scientific meetings

2013: Local organizer, International Conference on Multilingualism, Montreal.
2013-2015: Founder/organizer, PhD-Day, SCSD, McGill University

Reviewing activities and committee membership

2015: Reviewer, Journal of Memory and Language
2014: Reviewer, Frontiers Psychology
2013: Reviewer, Journal of Child Language
2013: Scientific Committee, International Conference Multilingualism
2012: Scientific Committee, Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing
2012: Scientific Committee, Association Francophone du Savoir
2014: Curriculum committee, Language Acquisition Program (LAP), McGill University
2010: Curriculum committee, Comps Exams, SCSD, McGill University

Teaching, mentoring and supervision

2016: Coordinator, Social media and blog writing, Teaching & Learning Services, McGill
2011-2015: GradLife Blogger, McGill University http://blogs.mcgill.ca/gradlife/tag/kristina-kasparian/
2015: Graduate guest lecturer, Language processing in bilinguals, McGill
2010-2014: Seminar leader / materials developer, Academic writing, McGill
2013-2014: Research assistant training and supervision, McGill
2013: Bachelor student training and co-supervision, Università degli studi di Trento
2011-2012: Master student training and co-supervision, McGill

Membership of scientific societies

2009-2015: Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music
2014-2015: Society for the Neurobiology of Language
2014: International Organization of Psychophysiology
2010-2011: Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Major collaborations

Francesco Vespignani, Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Università degli studi di Trento, Italy. Morphosyntactic processing (number agreement and relative clauses) in Italian

Francesca Postiglione, Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Università degli studi di Trento, Italy. Lexical-semantic co-activation (homographs and cognates) in Italian bilinguals

John Drury, Department of Linguistics, Stonybrook University, USA. Cross-linguistic influence on adjective word-order and determiner processing

LANGUAGES

English: Native proficiency
French: Fluent (spoken and written)
Italian:  Fluent (spoken and written)
Armenian: Fluent (heritage language, fair written knowledge)
Spanish: Advanced (spoken and written)
German: Beginner (spoken and written)
Dutch: Beginner (spoken and written)

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