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


PhD Students


Svenja Gusewski

Svenja Gusewski

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Svenja Gusewski’s CV

I am a 5th year Ph.D. student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at UT Dallas and I am currently completing my Clinical Fellowship at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders. My research interests are typical and atypical dual language development of Spanish-English-speaking preschoolers. I’m from Germany and I received my BS in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Valencia in Spain. I love traveling, running, yoga, hiking, and playing team handball.


Lindsey Hiebert

Lindsey Hiebert

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I am a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at UT Dallas. I received a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and an MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Arizona University. I worked as an SLP for 6 years in a variety of settings (schools, home health, skilled nursing, and outpatient) in Arizona. My experience has inspired my research on first language loss in bilingual children. I hope to continue this research into my academic career and teach coursework to Master’s students on working with multilingual, multicultural populations.


Master’s Students


Giselle Morales

Giselle Morales

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I am a 2nd year Master’s student in the Communication Disorders program at UT Dallas. I received my BS in Speech-Language Pathology and Child Learning and Development from The University of Texas at Dallas. After graduation, I hope to work as a Speech-Language Pathologist, specifically serving the pediatric bilingual population. I enjoy traveling, cooking, and staying active.


Faithe Snyder

Faithe Snyder

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I am a 1st year Master’s student in the Communication Disorders program at UT Dallas. I graduated with my bachelor’s in Communication Disorders from the University of Arkansas in May 2017. My research interests include bilingual and multicultural issues within the scope of diagnosis as well as TBI and the aging brain. In my spare time, I like to hang out with my dog, Charles Barkley, and go listen to live music on the many patios around Dallas.


Stefanie Cruz

Stefanie Cruz

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I am a 1st year Master’s student in the Communication Disorders program at UT Dallas. I did my undergrad at the University of Houston where I studied Cultural Anthropology. I worked for two years at an ABA clinic for children with Autism, and am now excited to begin my journey towards becoming a speech pathologist. As far as research interests, I am interested in the effect of bilingual speech therapy on both autistic children and children with post-traumatic brain injury. In my spare time, I enjoy salsa dancing and playing the guitar.


MaRIA CUEVAS

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I went to Sweet Briar College in Virginia for undergrad and majored in Environmental Science and Spanish. I then taught high school biology, chemistry and physics for 3 years before starting my masters at UTD. In terms of research I am interested in seeing how the language changes in children who do not have an English speaking mother but go to an all English school. In my spare time I read, go to the gym, run, eat lots of yummy food and spend time with my friends and family.


Undergraduate Students


Natalia Camacho

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I am a 2015 Terry Scholar and undergraduate student majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Child Learning and Development at UT Dallas. I will graduate with my bachelor’s degree in Spring 2019, and plan to pursue my Masters in Communication Disorders soon after. My research interests include language learning in bilingual children and methods to improve speech testing and services to this population. As a future SLP, I hope to offer early prevention and intervention services to the bilingual population. In my spare time, I enjoy working out, spending time with my family and friends, and attending concerts.


Alumni


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 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.