DANIELA O'NEILL, Director of Children’s Communication Lab, University of Waterloo
Dr. Daniela O’Neill is Professor of Developmental Psychology and Director of the Children’s Communication Lab at the University of Waterloo. She is also Founder and Director of the University of Waterloo’s MASc Developmental and Communication Sciences graduate program.
Dr. O’Neill earned her Ph.D from Stanford University in 1993. She was a Visiting Researcher at the MRC Cognitive Development Unit in London, England from 1993 to 1995 before joining the University of Waterloo in 1995. She was a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at Stanford from 2000 to 2001.
More recently, Dr. O’Neill served as the Assistant Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs at University of Waterloo from 2018 to 2020. Since 2018, she has served as a member of the Advisory Board of Planet Word Museum in Washington, DC. She is also currently an affiliate member of the UBC Language Sciences Institute.
Dr. O’Neill is the developer of the Language Use Inventory (LUI) tool, a standardized early language assessment tool used globally with over 20 translations underway, and founded its publisher, Knowledge in Development, Inc.
She is active in knowledge dissemination and community outreach with schools, libraries, community organizations, speech-language professionals and primary care providers to enhance children’s early language and literacy development. Dr. O’Neill has authored over 35 scientific publications on children’s early cognitive and social communicative development, for which she has previously received the President’s Excellence in Research Award (2021) from the University of Waterloo and Ontario Premier’s Excellence Award (2000). She has presented her research in over 100 talks nationally and internationally.
Dr. O’Neill joined the board of the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation in 2022.