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Language is a Treasure Trove! That is What the Project is About

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Aiman was a senior research assistant with the TOHOL project from 2015-2017. Her work included TOHOL test item development and coordinating several other mental health promotion research studies in the Farnia Lab. For her work with Dr. Farnia, Aiman was awarded the University of Toronto Excellence Award. Aiman completed an Honours BA specializing in French language and linguistics at the University of Toronto and went on to complete a Master of Education in Education, Leadership, and Policy at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education. Aiman is currently employed with RBC Dominion Securitiesas a Mobile Classroom Trainer with the National Training & Development Team and manages the RBC Master Classes addressing the professional and career development of employees across Wealth Management Canada.

Charlotte was a member of the TOHOL Team from September 2020 to November of 2021. Charlotte came to the Lab with a Bachelor of Art in Translation and Interpreting at Wuhan University of Science and Technology. Her work with the TOHOL project included data entry and transcription. She was also involved in the review of research studies reporting on their findings of the development of higher order language in neurotypically developing children and youth. She completed her Master's degree in the Developmental Psychology and Education at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Charlotte is currently working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder as an Intensive Behaviour Therapist with Strides Toronto program.

Fabliha was a member of the TOHOL Team from September 2018 to February of 2019. Fabliha was involved in data entry as well as test administration at the Ontario Science Centre. Fabliha completed a master’s degree in Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in 2021. She is currently employed with Public Health Agency of Canada as a Policy Analyst, Family and Gender Based Violence Prevention Unit.

Lima became a member of TOHOL Lab in 2016 as a Research Opportunity Program student and was awarded the University of Toronto Excellence Award. Initially, she was also involved several other mental health promotion research studies such as Handle with Care and Guiding Stars and continued her work on the TOHOL project in 2019. Her work included data entry, test development and test administration at the Peel District School Board. After graduating from the University of Toronto in 2020, Lima pursued a master’s degree in Women Studies from McMaster University and Juris Doctorate from Lakehead University - Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.

Lucy worked at the The Sickkids Centre for Community Mental Health Research Department (formerly Hincks-Dellcrest Centre) from 2016-2018. From 2017-2018, she mainly focused on the TOHOL project because she was interested in the premise of the test and its connection to language development. Lucy helped with creating the test items, recruiting and testing at the Ontario Science Center and local high schools, and training others on administering TOHOL. Lucy graduated with a Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto, with Specialist in Psychology and Minors in English and Linguistics. Currently, Lucy is in the Master’s program in Linguistics at Western University to further pursue her interests in linguistics and language acquisition.

Mouly was a senior research assistant/coordinator of the TOHOL project from 2015-2017. Mouly was involved in the early development of the content and design of the Higher Order test booklets. As an undergraduate work-study student/research assistant, Mouly also worked on other mental health promotions project such as Handle with Care and Learning through Play projects with Dr's Fataneh Farnia and Nancy Cohen. Neuroscience was the focus of both her undergraduate and graduate studies, and Mouly is now a PhD candidate at a neuroscience lab at the University of Toronto. Working on the TOHOL project provided her with unique perspectives on psychosocial factors involved in learning/cognition. She is currently studying how stress in early life can alter the brain and behaviour later in life.

Paula was a member of the TOHOL team from 2015 to 2019. As a senior research assistant, she coordinated the initial development of the HOL test booklets. She also coordinated the data collection at the Ontario Science Centre and the Peel District School Board. Paula oversaw much of the data entry with the TOHOL and other mental health promotion projects such as Handle with Care in Dr Farnia’s Lab. Paula graduated from the University of Toronto with a master’s in Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science in 2021 with awards for her research and clinical skills. Currently, Paula is working at VHA Home Healthcare in Toronto as an Occupational Therapist helping older adults to live safely in their own home.

Shalette is in the first year of her Master of Information program and is studying User Experience Design at the University of Toronto. Before joining the TOHOL project as a work-study student, she worked in several fields – interface development, graphic design and marketing. Shalette is passionate about creating equitable and user-friendly solutions to help improve digital experiences.

Umna was with the TOHOL project from May 2017 to August 2019. Umna was a member of initial team developing the TOHOL items. She also administered the TOHOL to children and adolescents in both school settings and in public venues such as the Ontario Science Centre. Umna took an active role in training other Research Assistants in the administration of TOHOL. Umna graduated with her Bachelor of Science at McMaster University, where she completed her Honours Thesis in the Child Emotion Laboratory. Umna has also published her work in two academic journals. She has also completed her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology at University of Toronto in 2019. Currently, Umna is working as a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist at Lahore Children's Centre in Pakistan.

In 2020, Yuval graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at York University. She joined the TOHOL team as part of her research practicum when completing her MEd degree in Developmental Psychology and Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Following the completion of the course, Yuval remained a part of the lab for an additional year and is enjoying every moment of her work in the Lab. Upon graduation, Yuval has been working with the Israeli Scouts as an Education and Curriculum Director.