Research Interests: Second language learning, multilingualism, variation, speech perception and production

Biography: I’m currently a PhD Student, and am involved in the Speech-in-Context Lab, and the Interdisciplinary Speech Research Lab. I’m currently working on research related to input variation in second language learning. I am passionate about connecting research outcomes to practical applications in educational settings.

Prior to beginning graduate school at UBC, I received my BA in linguistics from the University of Washington. After graduating, I worked for a couple of years at a children’s language immersion school supporting teachers, assisting with curriculum, and working with local schools.

For more information, please visit my website.

Courses Currently Teaching


Johnson, K. A., Mellesmoen, G., Lo, R. Y.-H., & Gick, B. (2017). Prior pronunciation knowledge bootstraps word learning. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Conference Presentations

Johnson, K. A., Mellesmoen, G., Lo, R. Y.-H., & Gick, B. (2017, September). Help or hinder? The complicated role of pronunciation knowledge in word learning. Talk accepted for presentation at the Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) 9th Annual Conference, University of Utah.

Johnson, K. A. (2017, May). Using enhanced distributional perceptual training to mitigate L2 phonetic undershoot. Poster presented at Northwest Phon{etics;ology} 3, University of British Columbia.


You may view or download a copy of my cv (updated September 17, 2017).