Meet our team
and our collaborators
Multilingual Language Development and Assessment Lab
Ewa Haman is a professor at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw. Before leading the current projects, she has already carried out projects on the language development of bilingual children. She is the author of the method of designing Cross-Linguistic Lexical Tasks (CLT) and a co-author of several psychometric tests for language assessment of Polish children. She has conducted many workshops for parents and teachers of Polish bilingual children.
Agnieszka Dynak is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Warsaw. She has participated in several research projects, most of which were related to language development or the development of reading skills. She participated in a project on the neural basis of dyslexia. Currently, in addition to her work in StarWords and PolkaNorski projects, she leads a research grant on the comparison of children with dyslexia and late talkers.
Joanna Kamykowska is a psychologist and educator by profession. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw. Before she started doctoral studies, she worked as a diagnostician and an academic teacher. In her doctoral project she deals with the relationship between developmental language disorder and dyslexia.
Joanna Kołak is a Researcher at the University of Salford in Manchester. She did her PhD at the Department of Psychology at the University of Warsaw. In her PhD she investigated the language environment and vocabulary development of Polish-English bilingual children in the UK and Ireland. She communicates knowledge about bilingualism and the influence of digital media on children's development through her Instagram profile.
Ewa Komorowska is a Polish teacher by education but she also has a passion for Portuguese studies. She defended her doctoral dissertation on teaching Polish as a foreign language for business purposes at the Jagellonian University. Currently, she is a project manager in the PolkaNorski project, as well as a multi-functional assistant in the StarWords project.
Grzegorz Krajewski is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw. In 2008, he defended his doctorate at the University of Manchester. In 2016, Grzegorz was the coordinator of a project popularizing knowledge about bilingualism. Grzegorz Krajewski is a co-author of the Polish Communicative Development Inventories (CDI). Currently, he manages the development of adaptive (electronic) CDIs and the creation of a CDI for older children.
Magdalena Krysztofiak is a PhD student in the PolkaNorski project. She graduated from the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw. She was involved in research on the social development of preschool children in a project on theory of mind in typically developing children, children with autism spectrum disorders, and deaf children using cochlear implants. Her scientific interests include linguistic and social development in children.
Magdalena Łuniewska is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw. She defended two doctorates - in psychology (University of Warsaw) and in biology (the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS). Her scientific interests include developmental psycholinguistics, especially vocabulary acquisition, and psychometrics. Currently, she is involved in the development of CLTs, as well as the norming studies of the CLTs in the PolkaNorski project.
Karolina Mieszkowska is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw. She has been a project manager in several research projects, not only those related to bilingualism. She obtained a grant and led her own research project in which she investigated narratives of parents and bilingual children. Karolina is currently working as a postdoc in the StarWords project. After hours, he is also a member of the Experimental Linguistics Lab.
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Andrzej Tarłowski is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Finance and Management in Warsaw. He is interested in the influence of early experiences with nature on the development of biological knowledge. He studied the role of culture and experience in the development of biological knowledge. In the PolkaNorski project, Andrzej is studying the impact of multilingualism and cultural differences in the educational systems of Poland and Norway on language development and knowledge about the world.
Nina Gram Garmann
Nina Gram Garmann is a professor at the Department of Early Childhood Education at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet). For many years she has been studying the first words of Norwegian children, and she is also interested in the phonological and lexical development of children. Currently, she conducts research in kindergartens (Norwegian barnehage) investigating language development in multicultural children. Prof. Garmann is the principal investigator on the Norwegian side in the PolkaNorski project and a part of the StarWords project.
Hanne Gram Simonsen
Hanne Gram Simonsen is a professor at the MultiLing - Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan at the University of Oslo (Norway). She is the first author of Norwegian versions of CDI parental questionnaires. She was also involved in research on language development in Polish-Norwegian bilingual children. Prof. Hanne Gram Simonsen is involved in StarWords, PolkaNorski, and CLT projects.
Pernille Hansen is a professor at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (Norway) and has extensive experience in the study of Polish-Norwegian bilingual children at early school age, especially with Norwegian CLT which she co-authors. Pernille is involved in StarWords, PolkaNorski, and CLT projects.
Anna Sara Hexeberg Romøren
Anna Sara Hexeberg Romøren is an assistant professor at the Department of Early Childhood Education at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) in Norway. She is involved in several research projects on acquiring intonation in different languages (BlikSSt), developing CDI in Norwegian (LAT), and observing the use of languages in kindergartens (Multiple Languages). Anna Sara is involved in StarWords and PolkaNorski projects.
Dr. Katie Alcock is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Lancaster (the UK). Her research interests involve language development and the impact of health on psychological development. She is the first author of the British version of the CDI Words and Gestures parental questionnaire. Dr. Katie Alcock collaborates with us on the StarWords project and CDI.
Dr. Napoleon Katsos is a Senior Lecturer at the Cambridge Language Sciences Interdisciplinary Research Center, University of Cambridge (UK). For many years he has been studying the development of bilingual children, including Polish-English bilinguals, using CDI parental questionnaires. He specializes in crosslinguistic research on language development. Dr. Napoleon Katsos is involved in the StarWords project and CDI.
Przemysław Tomalski is the founder and head of the first Baby Lab (Infant Psychology Laboratory) in Poland. His research interests include the relationship between cognitive development and brain development, and he studies how early experiences and infants’ environment affect their way of coping with challenges. Przemysław Tomalski is part of the PolkaNorski project.
Agnieszka Otwinowska-Kasztelanic is an assistant professor at the Institute of English Studies at the University of Warsaw. Her research interests include second and foreign language acquisition, multilingualism, transfer and linguistic awareness in language acquisition. Agnieszka Otwinowska is the head of the Experimental Linguistics Lab research team. Agnieszka Otwinowska is currently involved in the CLT project.
Natalia Gagarina is the head of the Research Area 2 'Language Development & Multilingualism' at the Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS). Her research focuses on monolingual and bilingual (a)typical language acquisition in the domains of lexicon and morphosyntax. In recent years, she has worked intensively on the macro- and microstructure of narratives and the development of language assessment methods for multilingual children. Natalia Gagarina is currently involved in the CLT project.
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