Alumni Spotlight

Lyn Tieu, Graduate of Cognitive Science Program 2012

Lyn completed the UConn Cognitive Science Program in 2012, and graduated with a PhD in Linguistics in 2013. The foundational training she received at UConn helped  early on to develop her skills and knowledge as a researcher in the cognitive sciences. After graduating from UConn, Lyn completed postdoctoral fellowships in the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique in Paris, France, and the ARC Centre for Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders in Sydney, Australia. She is now a Senior Research Fellow at Western Sydney University, in the Education and Aspirational Change theme at the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation). Lyn is also a member of the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development, an associate investigator at the ARC Centre for Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University. Lyn’s research focuses primarily on children’s language abilities: She investigates their production and comprehension of different kinds of sentence structures, their understanding of logical expressions like negation and disjunction, and their ability to make inferences beyond literal meanings. She also has ongoing projects investigating the meaning contributions of gestures, as well as the interaction between language and music processing.