Distinguished Research Professor
Behavioural Sciences Building, 234
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, Ont. M3J 1P3
Ellen Bialystok is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at York University and Associate Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. She obtained her Ph.D. in 1976 from the University of Toronto specializing in cognitive and language development in children. Her current research focuses on the effect of bilingualism on language and cognition across the lifespan showing modification in cognitive systems from this experience. Her research uses both behavioral and neuroimaging methods and examines participants who are children, younger or older adults, as well as patients. She has published extensively in the form of books, scientific articles, and book chapters. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and among her awards are the Canadian Society for Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science Hebb Award (2011), Killam Prize for the Social Sciences (2010), York University President’s Research Award of Merit (2009), Donald T. Stuss Award for Research Excellence at the Baycrest Geriatric Centre (2005), Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research (2002), Killam Research Fellowship (2001), and the Walter Gordon Research Fellowship (1999).