Research interests:

  • Typical and atypical language development in multicultural/bilingual children, with a particular emphasis on Spanish-English
  • Development of culturally and linguistic valid assessment and treatment procedures in monolingual and bilingual children
  • First language loss in bilingual children and grammatical learning in monolingual Spanish and bilingual Spanish-English speaking typical and atypical children

I am interested in the intersectionality between the process of language development in child dual language learners and social factors that impact language input and use. As such, I am interested in studying, via both spontaneous discourse and experimental paradigms, children's grammatical skill in both languages and how these intersect or are impacted by child-internal factors (e.g., ability/disability) and child-external factors (e.g., quality of language input, variation in input), as well as how different aspects of language are interrelated, if at all.

I conduct research in the areas of typical and atypical language development in Spanish-speaking children and in children from dual language backgrounds. Although I am interested in studying dual language learners in general, most of my research centers on Spanish-English speaking children who have learned English sequentially. My research centers on describing the grammatical skills of Spanish speaking children with specific language impairment (SLI).

I teach in the areas of child second language acquisition/disorders, social factors related to communication disorders, language diversity, and atypical language development and disorders.

Subject Area: Speech & Hearing

Past Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Bilingual Program
1992 - 1994

Co-director, Bilingual Program
1992 - 1994

Assistant Professor, Medical Sciences Campus, Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Ciencias M├ędicas (past)
1987 - 1992

Associate Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington

Associate Professor, Cognitive Science Program, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington

Associate Professor, Latino Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington

Chicano/a Studies, Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, Cognitive Science
PhD, Northwestern University, Speech and Language Pathology, 1987
MS, University of Puerto Rico, Speech and Language Pathology, 1982
BA, Oberlin College, Communication Studies, 1980
spanish language or literature language acquisition phonology bilingual & intercultural education speech pathology & disorders ears & hearing
Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association