I am currently an adjunct professor at IE University in Segovia, Spain teaching in the School of Psychology. I have a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan where I also completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Education. In general, my research interests are in cognitive development and learning and my research approach bridges the fields of Psychology and Education. To date, my research has examined the connection between language and literacy across cultures and in populations of children from low-income backgrounds. I have also studied and developed methods that use cognitive principles to improve language learning. I am currently interested in comparing literacy development across multiple languages of Spain (e.g., Spanish, Catalan, and Basque) and in studying how learning and instruction might be impacted by differences in the order in which languages are acquired by second language learners. I have conducted research in the US and in China and also have worked in various not-for-profit organizations focused on improving education for children in poverty in the US including Teach for America, AmeriCorps, and KIPP.


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