The Bilingual Language Laboratory (BLL)

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Raul Rojas

Dr. Raúl Rojas

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Raúl Rojas’ Profile on the BBS website
Raúl Rojas’ CV on the BBS website

Raúl Rojas, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of The Bilingual Language Laboratory (BLL), is a faculty member in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program within the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas). He is a faculty affiliate of the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, and the Center for Children and Families. He completed his BA at Grinnell College in Psychology and Latin American Studies, and his MA and PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Temple University. He then completed a Callier Postdoctoral Fellowship before joining the faculty at UT Dallas.

As a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Dr. Rojas has provided bilingual (Spanish-English) SLP services in multiple settings, including public schools and early intervention. He has also led various teams of bilingual SLPs, served as a clinical fellowship year supervisor for multiple bilingual SLPs, co-developed the ability for the Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts (SALT) software program (along with Ann Nockerts, and Drs. Aquiles Iglesias and Jon F. Miller) to analyze bilingual language samples in Spanish and English, and continues to provide professional development for SLPs, clinical researchers, and other professionals around the country.

Dr. Rojas’ research focuses on child language from a longitudinal and processing perspective, specifically bilingual language development in typically developing children and in children with language impairment(s). In particular, Dr. Rojas is interested in modeling the dual language growth of preschool and school-age Spanish-speaking English Learners (ELs) using large-scale, longitudinal datasets, and invalidating paradigms to index linguistic processing and language learning skills in bilingual speakers. Dr. Rojas collaborates with a range of colleagues at UT Dallas, The University of Delaware, The University of Georgia, The University of Houston, The University of Wisconsin (Madison and Milwaukee), La Salle University, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University. His work at UT Dallas has been supported internally via Faculty Research Initiative grants, and by external grants provided by The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, The Jerry M. Lewis, M.D. Foundation (formerly, Timberlawn Psychiatric Research Foundation), The Institute of Education Sciences, and The National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

At UT Dallas, Dr. Rojas teaches the following undergraduate- and graduate-level courses:

Fall

SPAU/CLDP 4308: Language disorders in children

Spring

COMD 7V56: Bilingual speech-language assessment and intervention
COMD 7304: Seminar in bilingual speech-language pathology: Practice and research


Postdoctoral Fellow


Kimberly Jenkins

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I am a Callier Center Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Texas at Dallas. I received a BS and MS in speech and hearing sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in speech and hearing sciences from Indiana University Bloomington. My research focuses on the development of grammar and its intersection with cognitive skill in typically and atypically developing, dual language learners, particularly children acquiring Spanish and English. Additional research interests include the assessment and treatment of language disorders in culturally and linguistically diverse populations.


PhD Students


ANNA ePPES

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I am a third-year PhD student in the communication sciences and disorders program at UT Dallas. I received a BS in neuroscience and linguistics and an MA in linguistics from Tulane University in New Orleans. My research interests are dual language development in children using neurolinguistics techniques.


Natalia Camacho

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I am a second-year PhD student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at UT Dallas. I received a BS in speech-language pathology and audiology and child learning and development from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2019 and am 2015 Terry Scholar Alumni. My research interests include language learning in bilingual children and methods to improve speech testing and services to this population.


Rana Moustafa

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I am a second-year PhD student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at UT Dallas. I received a BA in Linguistics with a focus on TESL as well as journalism and mass communications from The University of Iowa and an MA in applied linguistics and TESL from The University of Northern Iowa. I have taught ESL at the school and university levels in Saudia Arabia and Egypt. My research interests include language development in typical and atypical Arabic-English bilingual children.


Master’s Students


Rosalynn Norman

Rosalynn Norman

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I am a second-year master’s student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at UT Dallas. I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in music theory. However, my interest in linguistics and my passion for service compelled me to complete leveling coursework in Communication Disorders at California State University, Los Angeles before continuing my education and training in Communication Disorders through UT Dallas. My ultimate goal is to serve culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) populations and under-resourced communities as a speech-language pathologist.


Ara Matos

Ara Matos

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I am a second-year master’s student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at UT Dallas. I received a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2019. I am interested in learning how I can best serve the bilingual population as a future speech-language pathologist.


Alumni


Svenja Gusewski

Svenja Gusewski

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Svenja Gusewski’s CV

Svenja graduated with her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from UT Dallas in December 2019 under the mentorship of Dr. Rojas. Her research interests are typical and atypical dual language development of Spanish-English-speaking preschoolers. Originally from Germany, she received her BS in speech-language pathology from the University of Valencia in Spain. Currently, Svenja is an Assistant Professor at Southern Connecticut State University.


Lindsey Hiebert

Lindsey Hiebert

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Lindsey Hiebert’s CV

Lindsey graduated with her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from UT Dallas in May 2020 under the mentorship of Dr. Rojas. She received a BA in Spanish from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and an MS in speech-language pathology from Northern Arizona University. Lindsey worked as an SLP for 6 years in a variety of settings (schools, home health, skilled nursing, and outpatient) in Arizona. Her experience has inspired her research on first language loss in bilingual children. She hopes to continue this research into her academic career and teach coursework to master’s students on working with multilingual, multicultural populations. Currently, Lindsey is an Assistant Professor at Missouri State University.


Kirstin Allison

Kirstin Allison

 

Kirstin worked in the BLL as a graduate research assistant and graduated in May 2020.


Mitzi Puebla

Mitzi Puebla

 

Mitzi worked in the BLL as a graduate research assistant and graduated in May 2020.


Faithe Snyder

Faithe Snyder

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Faithe worked in the BLL as a graduate research assistant and graduated in May 2019.


Stefanie Cruz

Stefanie Cruz

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Stefanie worked in the BLL as a graduate research assistant and graduated in May 2019.


MaRIA CUEVAS

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Maria worked in the BLL as a graduate research assistant and graduated in May 2019.


Giselle Morales

Giselle Morales

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Giselle worked in the BLL as a co-manager and research assistant during her undergraduate and graduate years at UT Dallas. She graduated in summer 2018 and currently works as an SLP in Arlington ISD.


Magdalene Gonzales

Magdalene Gonzales

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Magdalene worked in the BLL as a graduate research assistant and graduated in May 2018. She currently works as a Clinical Fellow at Texas Health Care, Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, an outpatient ENT clinic in Fort Worth primarily serving patients with head and neck cancer.


Jade Lewright

Jade Lewright

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Jade worked in the BLL as a graduate research assistant and graduated in May 2018. Currently, she works as an SLP in Austin ISD.


Nanjing Gao

Nanjing Gao

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Nan began working in The BLL as a graduate research assistant in the Spring of 2015 and graduated in May 2017. She is currently completing her Clinical Fellowship as a Bilingual SLP in Dallas ISD.


Kaitlyn Purinton

Kaitlyn Purinton

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Kaitlyn worked in the BLL as a graduate research assistant and graduated in May 2016. She currently works as a Bilingual SLP in Plano ISD.


Callie Muri Halstead

Callie Muri Halstead

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Callie worked in The BLL as a graduate research assistant from 2012-2014 and as lab manager from 2013-2014. She graduated from UT Dallas in May 2014 and currently works full-time for Sava Senior Care (SNF) and PRN for Centura Health (acute care) in Longmont, CO.


Shefali Chauhan

Shefali worked in The BLL as an undergraduate research assistant. She is currently a master’s student at San Diego State University.


Martha McCreary

Martha worked in The BLL as an undergraduate research assistant.


Arleen Reyes

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Arleen worked in The BLL as an undergraduate research assistant and graduated in December 2017.


Christina Diaz

Cristina worked in The BLL as a graduate research assistant.


Kirstin (Kiki) van der Gracht, MS, CCC-SLP

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Kirstin (Kiki) van der Gracht worked in The BLL as a graduate research assistant and a lab manager. She graduated in August 2015 and now works as a Bilingual SLP with A Therapy Connection, a pediatric clinic in Richardson, Texas.


Hillary Klimkowski

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Hillary Klimkowski worked in The BLL as a graduate research assistant and graduated in May 2015. Currently she works as an acute care SLP at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, TN.


Sebastián Mejia

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Sebastián worked in The BLL as an undergraduate research assistant. He is currently in Dental School.


Courtney Dominguez

Courtney worked in The BLL as an undergraduate research assistant. She is currently in Medical School.


Lori Taffet

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Lori worked in The BLL as a graduate research assistant and graduated in May 2016. She now works as an SLP at Presbyterian Village North.


Regina Sanchez

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Regina worked in The BLL as a graduate research assistant and graduated in May 2016. She currently works as a Bilingual SLP in Plano ISD.


Marco Lopez

Marco worked in The BLL as a graduate research assistant.


Adam Sewell

Adam worked in The BLL as an undergraduate research assistant.


Anna Maria Reiter

Anna Maria worked in The BLL as an undergraduate research assistant.


Oralia Gloria

Oralia worked in The BLL as a graduate research assistant.


Vianney Díaz

Vianney worked in The BLL as a graduate research assistant.