Dr. Christopher T. Fennell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Fennell completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology at the University of New Brunswick in 1998. He then jumped coasts and did both his Masters and Doctoral degrees at the University of British Columbia, under the supervision of Dr. Janet F. Werker, FRSC. The focus of his Masters work was examining how infants being raised in two languages apply speech perception skills to early word learning. For his doctoral work, Dr. Fennell investigated the circumstances under which early word learners are able to most efficiently use speech perception to guide word learning.He was awarded the Dissertation Award from the International Society for Infant Studies for this research.
Dr. Fennell then completed post-doctoral studies with Dr. Sandra R. Waxman at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, USA. The focus of his research with Dr. Waxman was examining infants' use of sound detail in new words presented in sentences, where infants can use the syntax to clearly establish the target words' identities as object labels.
He began his career at the University of Ottawa in January 2006.