Assistant Professor

Monika Molnar

Speech-Language Pathology


Rehabilitation Sciences Building
160-500 University Avenue, Room 1048, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 1V7
Research Interests
Speech-Language Pathology, Bilingual and Multilingual Development, Developmental/Acquired Language Disorders, Language and Cognition, Speech Perception, Electroencephalography (EEG), Eye-Tracking, Heart-Rate
MSc, PhD, Contact Faculty Member for more information

After obtaining her PhD from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill, Dr. Molnar completed her postdoctoral research in Spain (at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language). Her graduate and postdoctoral work primarily focused on the linguistic and cognitive abilities of typically developing monolingual and bilingual infants, children, and adults. She joined the University of Toronto in July 2017 as an Assistant Professor where she established the Multilingual Development Laboratory. The goal of much of the research in her lab is to understand how the developing human mind adapts to monolingual vs. bilingual environments and how developmental or acquired language disorders interact with bilingual/multilingual acquisition.

Recent Publications

  1. Blanco, B., Molnar, M., & Caballero-Gaudes, C. (2018). Effect of prewhitening in resting-state functional near-infrared spectroscopy data. Neurophotonics, 5(4), 040401.
  2. Pejovic, J., & Molnar, M. (2017). The development of spontaneous sound-shape matching in monolingual and bilingual infants during the first year. Developmental psychology, 53(3), 581.
  3. Molnar, M., Carreiras, M., & Gervain, J. (2016). Language dominance shapes non-linguistic rhythmic grouping in bilinguals. Cognition, 152, 150-159.
  4. Molnar, M., Ibáñez-Molina, A., & Carreiras, M. (2015). Interlocutor identity affects language activation in bilinguals. Journal of Memory and Language, 81, 91-104.
  5. Molnar, M., Polka, L., Baum, S., & Steinhauer, K. (2014). Learning two languages from birth shapes pre-attentive processing of vowel categories: Electrophysiological correlates of vowel discrimination in monolinguals and simultaneous bilinguals. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 17(3), 526-541.