I study bilingualism and second language acquisition in children with typical development and in children with developmental language and communication disorders. My primary research focus concerns children learning English as a second language from immigrant and refugee families: How these children approach native-speaker competence, what unique language development profiles they display, and the factors explaining why some individual children learn English faster than others. My research on bilingual children with developmental disorders includes investigating their linguistic profiles in development and determining what measures best differentiate bilingual children with typical development from those with language and communication disorders. One outcome of this research is a website with resources for the assessment of children in multilingual settings, CHESL Centre
My research has been supported by Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions (AIHS; formerly the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC), the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network (CLLRNet), and the Alberta Centre for Child, Family, and Community Research (ACCFCR).