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Dr. Wenjia Cai

Dr. Wenjia Cai
TEC Coordinator, Professor of Practice of Psychology

College of Arts and Sciences

Phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 2542


Office: Keene Building, Room 237

My Office Hours

MWF: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
TR: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

I will also meet by appointment — virtually or in person. Contact me to inquire about my availability.

Classes I Teach

PSY 1700: Introduction to Psychology
PSY3780: Research Methods and Statistics
ENG1252: Argumentative Writing
ENG2322: Research Writing

My Academic Advising Roles

Open to advise students on research and senior projects

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Edinburgh
  • MS, University of Edinburgh
  • BA, Remin University of China



OCT 2018 “First language attrition at the interface among Chinese-English late bilingual speakers”, The selectivity of native language attrition workshop, University of Edinburgh.

MAY 2017 “First language attrition at two interfaces: Binding interpretations of ziji ‘self’ by Chinese-English late bilinguals”, Interfaces in Linguistics, 6th JèTou Young Researchers Conference, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès.

Poster presentations

MAR 2019 “Not necessarily language ‘attrition’: On-line reflexive processing among Mandarin-English late bilingual speakers, 32nd Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, University of Colorado Boulder.

JUN 2017 “First language attrition at the interface among Chinese-English late bilingual speakers”, Bilingualism vs. Monolingualism: A New Perspective on Limitations to L2 Acquisition, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès.

JUN 2017 “Who is ziji ‘self’? Binding interpretations of Chinese-English late bilinguals”, International Symposium of Bilingualism, University of Limerick.


Cai, W., Sorace, A., Sturt, P., & Martin, A.M. (in preparation) Wh-topicalization in the first language attrition: the increasingly liberal judgments by L1 attritors.

Cai, W., Sturt, P., Sorace, A., & Martin, A.M. (in preparation) Reflexive processing in the first language attrition: the role of language, experience, and the cognitive load.

Why I Teach

I teach to help my students at their most trying times and celebrate when they triumph and grow.

Additional Information

My research interests are bilingualism, psycholinguistics, and the cognitive and linguistic development of bilingual and multilingual speakers.

My certifications:

  • Fellowship accredited by the Higher Education Academy (Advanced HE) in the United Kingdom.

My recognitions:

  • Edinburgh Award (Student’s Association: Leadership in Student Opportunities), University of Edinburgh;
  • Teaching Award 2017 Best student who tutors, University of Edinburgh,
  • The Eric Liddell Chinese Saltire Scholarship, University of Edinburgh.

Outside of work, I like tea parties, gardening, crafting, board games (DnD), anime (how great is Spy×Family, huh?), and archery.

My husband and I have a Great Pyrenees, Hector, whom we love as our child.