Graduate Students


Rebecca Benjamin

B.Sc., M.Sc Candidate

Email: rebecca.benjamin@sickkids.ca

Rebecca is a M.Sc. candidate in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. She joined Archie’s Cochlear Implant Lab in 2019 after graduating from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, and a Minor in Music.

Rebecca’s research is focused on studying a device that aims to provide children who have both hearing and balance impairment with balance information through their cochlear implants. In her spare time, Rebecca likes to play the saxophone, listen to music, and participate in intramural sports.

Robel Alemu

H.B.Sc., M.Sc. Candidate

Email: robel.alemu@sickkids.carobel.alemu@mail.utoronto.ca

Robel is a M.Sc. Candidate at the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. He joined the Cochlear Implant Lab in 2017 and graduated from the University of Toronto in 2016 where he completed his Honours Bachelor of Science with a Neuroscience Specialist and Psychology Minor.

Robel’s current research interests include binaural hearing in children with hearing prosthetics using behavioural and electrophysiological measures of hearing.

Claire McSweeny

B.A. Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University
Email: claire.mcsweeny@sickkids.ca

Claire is a M.Sc. candidate at the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. She joined Archie’s Cochlear Implant Lab in 2017 after completing her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.

Claire is studying the development of spatial awareness and navigation deficits in children with hearing loss and will be looking at how these deficits affect the vestibular, memory and cognitive abilities of children with bilateral cochlear implants and single sided deafness. In her free time Claire enjoys painting, working out and cooking.