Scientific Research on Bilingualism
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This interdisciplinary research-based community of practice conducts empirical research on bilingualism and second language acquisition. We have a broad range of content expertise and use a wide variety of data collection methods and analytic techniques. Our research and training programs have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Department of Homeland Security. We believe that the global and local importance of bilingual communication make it imperative to achieve a better scientific understanding of bilingualism. UTEP, being located in a bilingual, bicultural, and bi-national region, is the ideal location to conduct basic and applied scientific research on bilingualism.

Current activities include developing plans and research proposals for collaborative interdisciplinary research; training in content and methodology for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty; and mentoring of junior faculty. Our mission is multifaceted and includes (1) conducting and promoting high-quality scientific research on bilingualism and language acquisition; (2) fostering interdisciplinary collaboration; (3) fostering a better understanding of the factors that impact bilingual language proficiency across the lifespan; (4) fostering better understanding of the cognitive, social, educational, and health implications of bilingualism, biculturalism, and linguistic minority status; (5) providing a broad range of training opportunities for UTEP students and faculty, as well as researchers from other institutions; (6) providing consultation for researchers, educators, or health service providers who work with bilingual populations by design or necessity; (7) leveraging the bilingual skills of UTEP students; (8) fostering a better understanding of the global relevance of bilingualism and biculturalism in the scientific community; and (9) disseminating research results to the scientific community, as well as educators, health service providers, and lay people.


We aspire to create a world-class consortium for scientific research on bilingualism and become a national hub for bilingual research and training. In order to advance in this direction, we plan to conduct research that is methodologically rigorous, interdisciplinary, and international; obtain federal research funding for faculty- and student-initiated research projects; and publish in top journals in psychology, linguistics, communication disorders, education, and related fields. Doing so will allow us to attract top graduate student applicants; train undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty from UTEP and elsewhere in a broad range of content areas and methodologies; and provide experiences for researchers to work with diverse populations. With increased visibility, we hope to be considered as a national resource for consulting on bilingual content, methodology, and population-specific research strategies and to attract high-profile scholars for colloquia, workshops, and collaborative research projects. Activities that we hope to incorporate in the future include sponsoring colloquia and workshops, training postdoctoral scholars, hosting a visiting scholars program, and conference organization. We also hope to impact bilingual and linguistic minority communities through education and outreach activities.


  1. Bilingualism
  2. Cognition
  3. Communication Disorders
  4. English Learners
  5. Health Disparities
  6. International
  7. Language Acquisition
  8. Learning
  9. Lifespan Development
  10. Memory


  1. Health and Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  2. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  3. Cross-cutting: U.S.-Mexico and Latin America: Social and Behavioral Issues


Associate Professor
Liberal Arts - Languages and Linguistics
Sociolinguistics, Language Variation and Change, Phonetics, Laboratory Phonology, Bilingualism

Associate Professor
Liberal Arts - Psychology
Cognition, Language Processing, Bilingualism, Lexical Processing, Reading

Education - Teacher Education
Bilingualism, Second Language Acquisition, Literacy, Biliteracy, Education of Underrepresented Minorities, English as a Second Language Methodology, Bilingual Education, Teacher Preparation, Community Outreach, Proposal Writing, Mother-Daughter/Father-Son Program, Do the Write Thing Program and School-university Partnerships
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Related Efforts

MA Program in Speech and Language Pathology
UTEP Related Effort

The Program in Speech-Language Pathology offers a five-year plan culminating with the Master of Science Degree.

Certificate in Bilingual Speech & Language Pathology
UTEP Related Effort

To provide additional educational and practicum experience for speech-language pathologists in the area of diagnosis and treatment of Spanish only and Spanish/English individuals who are suffering speech-language-voice-swallowing disorders.

Speech, Hearing, and Language Clinic
UTEP Related Effort

The UTEP Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic provides quality diagnostic and therapy services for UTEP students, faculty, staff and their families as well as for community members who may have communicative disorders.

Laboratory Websites
UTEP Resource

Auditory Science Laboratory (Desjardins)
Bilingual Cognition Laboratory (Francis)
Cognition and Aging Laboratory (Bangert)
Language and Communication Laboratory (Ivanova)
Language Acquisition and Linguistics Research Laboratory (Mazzaro & Contemori)
Psycholinguistic Research on Bilingualism and Reading Laboratory (Schwartz)
Research in Bilingual Language Learning Laboratory (Summers)


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