I have been treating and studying children with communication and swallowing disorders for over 15 years.
In my research, I investigate the relationship between teaching word meaning and a child's accuracy in naming those words. I am also interested in the relationship between gesturing to communicate and language development.
My clinical experience has focused on evaluating and treating children between birth and 8 years of age, with extensive experience in pediatric dysphagia (feeding/swallowing disorders). The laboratory is developing a new line of research in pediatric feeding and swallowing development.
I also mentor the thesis projects of doctoral and MS students. Current thesis topics include: intervention of figurative language in children with SLI, gesturing in children with communication disorders, and an exploratory investigation of pediatric feeding milestones.
I teach several courses that cover the following topics: language development, language and articulation disorders, early intervention, and pediatric dysphagia.
- Ph.D., Northwestern University
- M.A., Northwestern University
- B.A., Boston University
- New Investigators Research Grant, ASHA Foundation, 2008-2009
- Alpha Eta National Honor Society, Seton Hall Chapter, 2009
- Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Award, National Institutes of Health, 2008-2010
- Provost's Faculty Scholarship Award, Seton Hall University, 2007
- Researcher of the Year, Co-Sponsored by the Grants Division and Provost's Office, Seton Hall University, 2006
- Editor's Award, Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research Award of Highest Merit, 2003
- Co-Speech Gesture Input as a Support for Language Learning in Children with and without Early Language Delay
Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, 22, 61-71,
- Can Semantic Enrichment Lead to Naming in a Word Extension Task?
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 21, 279-292,
- Language use in social interactions of school-age children with language impairments: An evidence-based systematic review of treatment
Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, 43, 235-249,
- Individual Differences in Word Learning: Implications for Clinical Practice (Book Chapter)
In Taylor & Francis, "Perspectives on Individual Differences Affecting Therapeutic Change in Communication Disorders",
- Tapping Toddlers' Evolving Semantic Representation via Gesture
Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 50(3), 732-745.,
- The Effect of Semantic Representation on Toddlers' Word Retrieval
Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 48(6), 1468-1480.,
- Genetic and Environmental Interactions in Determining the Early Lexicon: Evidence from a Set of Tri-Zygotic Quadruplets
Journal of Child Language, 31, 311-337.,