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Lucía I. Méndez, Ph.D.CCC-SLP, Director,  is an Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Carolina University. Her research interests focuses on early child language and literacy development, in bilingual and linguistically diverse preschoolers. Dr. Méndez received a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from York University, Toronto, Canada, a Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Purdue University and a Ph. D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining ECU she held a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at Temple University. She has several years of clinical experience as a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist and practiced in acute care, educational and family-based settings. Her research has been supported by the Early Care, Education and Head Start Research Scholars Grant Program funded by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE).

Dana Josephson is a first year graduate student pursuing an MS in Speech-Language Pathology at ECU. She graduated with a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders  with a minor in Hispanic Studies from ECU in May 2014. Dana is particularly interested in cultural and language differences in the development of minority children, especially those who learn English as their second language. She is interested in completing a Masters thesis involving culturally diverse populations.

Gina Berner is a graduate student currently working toward an M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Carolina University. She previously worked as an Elementary Special Education teacher for four years in New York state. In 2012, she received her M.S. in Literacy Education (Birth-6th grade) from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Gina is interested in children’s literacy development and the relationship of speech and language abilities. 

Isidora Race is a graduate students at ECU currently enrolled in her first year in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She received her B. A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Elmhurst College in August 2014. Isidora’s research interests include the development of vocabulary and phonological awareness in bilingual children. She intends to complete a Master’s thesis focusing on those topics.

Sudie Brown is an undergraduate student at East Carolina University. She is currently completing her senior year in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program for Speech and Hearing Sciences. Sudie is interested in the language and literary development of children and how it relates to the bilingual population.

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