Social Sci Res Scholar
Post-doctoral Fellow, McDonnell-Pew Foundation for Cognitive Neuroscience, Center for Research in Language, University of California, San Diego, Cognitive Science (1991)
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Developmental Psychology (1989)
MA, University of California, Berkeley, Developmental Psychology (1984)
BA, University of California, Los Angeles, Psychology and Linguistics (1980)
As a developmental psychologist, my main areas of research are language development, language disorders, and early childhood development. My specific interests include individual differences in typically-developing and late-talking children. I have worked extensively with the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories (CDIs), developing the CDI Scoring program and serving on the CDI Advisory Board. Recent studies explored the causes and consequences of early language processing efficiency in typically-developing children, late talkers, and children born preterm. My current studies examine links between children's language processing skill, early learning environments, and individual differences in language development in monolingual and bilingual learners from diverse backgrounds. In addition to conducting studies that have a basic science focus, I am also Director of Program Evaluation for the Habla Conmigo project, overseeing the evaluation of parenting intervention programs designed to facilitate caregiver engagement in Latina mothers and their young children.