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Kaja K. Jasińska

Cognitive Neuroscientist

Assistant Professor

Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto

Faculty member of the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience


Research Scientist
Haskins Laboratories (Member of the Haskins Global Literacy Hub)


Scientific Director

Brain Organization for Language and Literacy Development Laboratory (BOLD Lab)


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Dr. Jasińska studies the neural systems that support language and cognitive development and learning using a combination of behavioral, genetic, and neuroimaging (fNIRS, s/fMRI, EEG/ERP) research methods. Her research aims to understand how early life experiences (including bilingual/multilingual language experience) shape neurocognitive development and learning, with focus on understanding development in environments with poverty-related risk, including rural communities in West Africa and recently resettled refugee children in Canada.


Dr. Jasińska received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Toronto in 2013, and completed postdoctoral training at Haskins Laboratories before establishing the BOLD laboratory.


Dr. Jasińska is the recipient of the 2016-2018 Jacobs Foundation Early Career Fellowship, 2018 Society for functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy Young Investigator Award, 2022 International Literacy Association’s Dina Feitelson Research Award, and 2023-2025 MIT Solve LEAP (Leveraging Evidence for Action to Promote change) Fellowship. Dr. Jasińska is currently a visiting research scientist at the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development.


Prospective graduate students can apply to the MA/PhD program in Developmental Psychology and Education.



Research Programs in the BOLD Lab



University of Toronto

Applied Psychology and Human Development

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1V6, Canada


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