Dr. AJ Orena

FRQNT Postdoctoral Fellow

AJ received his Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University. His research focuses on speech and speaker processing, and how they change as a function of experience – whether over development, or due to individual differences. Under the supervision of Dr. Linda Polka, his dissertation work examined how bilingual parents talk to their infants, and how bilingualism affects speech processing and early vocalizations.

Last year, AJ received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Fonds de Recherche Nature et Technologies (FRQNT) to conduct research on voice processing in infancy and joined the UBC Infant Studies Centre as a postdoctoral researcher in January 2019. In this line of work, he is examining the early steps of voice recognition. He is also collaborating with the Cochlear Implant Clinic at the B.C. Children’s Hospital to examine how these skills develop in children with cochlear implants.

Outside the research world, AJ enjoys a good walk/bike/swim and a cup of coffee. Currently, he is trying to perfect making a crepe, so feel free to send your best recipes his way!