Jeffrey Malins, Ph.D.

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Degree: PhD
Field: Neuroscience
Institution: The University of Western Ontario
Location: London, Canada
Advisor: Marc Joanisse, PhD
Awarded: February 2014

Degree: MSc
Field: Neuroscience
Institution: The University of Western Ontario
Location: London, Canada
Advisor: Marc Joanisse, PhD
Awarded: October 2009

Degree: Honors BSc
Field: Molecular Biology & Genetics
Institution: The University of Guelph
Location: Guelph, Canada
Awarded: June 2007

Research Interests

I use neuroimaging to study the cognitive neuroscience of reading and language in numerous populations, with a special focus on child development. The goals of my research are to characterize the brain networks that underlie different skills such as reading and attentional control, and to gain a greater understanding of the genetic and environmental factors that shape these networks during development. I am also interested in how the brain works to process speech and print in monolingual and bilingual speakers of different languages such as Mandarin Chinese, English, and Spanish. My work has been supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Representative Publications

Malins, J.G., Pugh, K.R., Buis, B., Frost, S.J., Hoeft, F., Landi, N., Mencl, W.E., Kurian, A., Staples, R., Molfese, P., Sevcik, R.A., & Morris, R. (2018). Individual differences in reading skill are related to trial-by-trial neural activation variability in the reading network. Journal of Neuroscience, 38, 2981-2989. PMID: 29440534

Landi, N., Malins, J.G., Frost, S.J., Magnuson, J., Molfese, P., Ryherd, K., Rueckl, J.G., Mencl, W.E., & Pugh, K.R. (2018). Neural representations for newly learned words are modulated by overnight consolidation, reading skill, and age. Neuropsychologia, 111, 133-144. PMID: 29366948 PMCID: PMC5866766

Wang, X., Wang, J., & Malins, J.G. (2017). Do you hear ‘feather’ when listening to ‘rain’? Lexical tone activation during unconscious translation: Evidence from Mandarin-English bilinguals. Cognition, 169, 15-24. PMID: 28803218

Shuai, L., & Malins, J.G. (2017). Encoding lexical tones in jTRACE: A simulation of monosyllabic spoken word recognition in Mandarin Chinese. Behavior Research Methods, 49, 230-241. PMID: 26850055 PMCID: PMC4975679

Malins, J.G., Gumkowski, N., Buis, B., Molfese, P., Rueckl, J.G., Frost, S.J., Pugh, K.R., Morris, R., & Mencl, W. E. (2016). Dough, tough, cough, rough: A “fast” fMRI localizer of component processes in reading. Neuropsychologia, 91, 394-406. PMID: 27592331 PMCID: PMC5089170

Malins, J.G., Gao, D., Tao, R., Booth, J., Shu, H., Joanisse, M.F., Liu, L., & Desroches, A.S. (2014). Developmental differences in the influence of phonological similarity on spoken word processing in Mandarin Chinese. Brain & Language, 138, 38-50. PMID: 25278419 PMCID: PMC4252245

Malins, J.G., Desroches, A.S., Robertson, E.K., Newman, R.L., Archibald, L.M.D., & Joanisse, M.F. (2013). ERPs reveal the temporal dynamics of auditory word recognition in Specific Language Impairment. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 5, 134-148. PMID: 23523986

Malins, J.G., & Joanisse, M.F. (2012). Setting the tone: An ERP investigation of the influences of phonological similarity on spoken word recognition in Mandarin Chinese. Neuropsychologia, 50, 2032-2043. PMID: 22595659

Malins, J.G., & Joanisse, M.F. (2010). The roles of tonal and segmental information in Mandarin spoken word recognition: An eyetracking study. Journal of Memory & Language, 62, 407-420.

Research Support

Role: Postdoctoral Fellow
Grant: P01 HD070837
Title: Neurocognitive bases of treatment resistance in developmental dyslexia
PI: Robin Morris 
Dates Active: 08/2013-05/2018

Role: Postdoctoral Fellow
Grant: P01 HD001994
Title: The nature and acquisition of the speech code and reading
PI: Jay Rueckl
Dates Active: 05/2012-04/2017


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