Lab Members


Over the last 20 years, Dr. Fernald's research has focused on how infants find meaning in language using experimental measures of the time course of real-time language comprehension. Her research charts the development of early language processing skills and explores links between language processing in infancy and cognitive and language outcomes in typically-developing children, late-talkers, children born premature, and deaf children learning ASL. She is also deeply engaged in community-based outreach initiatives, such as the Habla Conmigo Academy, that seek to extend this research to diverse populations of Spanish-learning infants and their families. Dr. Fernald has also conducted research on early language learning by young children in rural villages in Senegal. By translating scientific discoveries into action, Dr. Fernald's research is increasingly focused on designing and evaluating interventions that show how parents from diverse sociocultural backgrounds can play a vital role in supporting their children's language and cognitive development.

education  PhD. Psychology, University of Oregon, 1982



Virginia's main areas of research are language development, language disorders, and early childhood development, in typically-developing and late-talking children. She has worked extensively with the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories (CDIs), developing the CDI Scoring program and serving on the CDI Advisory Board. Her current studies examine links between children's language processing skill, early learning environments, and language development in emerging bilingual learners from diverse backgrounds. She is also Director of Program Evaluation for the Habla Conmigo project, overseeing the evaluation of parenting intervention programs designed to facilitate caregiver engagement in Latina mothers and their young children.

education  PhD. Psychology, UC Berkeley, 1989



Carmina has worked with children, adolescents, and their families for over a decade in education and mental health fields. She began her career tutoring school-age children in an after school literacy program. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree, she became a preschool teacher and later the director at a Spanish immersion preschool. Most recently, she worked as a case manager with children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Regardless of the role that she is in, she truly enjoys supporting and bringing families together.

education  M.A. Child and Adolescent Development, San Jose State University



Janet graduated with a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from McGill University. She loves investigating how children learn from the world around them! Specifically, she is interested in what features of the language and social input in the environment best supports children's learning. Her past research has explored these questions in English- and French-speaking typically-developing children and children with autism spectrum disorder. Her work explores these questions using naturalistic and experimental paradigms and with methods such as eye tracking, corpus analysis, and language coding. Currently, her work explores the wonderfully messy and meaningful interactions that occur in everyday life, and how these interactions support long-term language outcomes in English- and Spanish-speaking children. When she's not at the lab, her world revolves around her dog, friends, and family!

education  PhD. Communication Sciences and Disorders, McGill University, 2017



Mónica is a Research Coordinator working at our Community Laboratory in Sunnyvale, CA. She comes to us with a BA in Psychology from San Jose State University. Her interests include working with Latino families and their young children and snow boarding in Tahoe.

education  B.A. Psychology, San Jose State University



Nayeli is a member of the Evaluation team for the Habla Conmigo Academy. Nayeli received her BA in psychology from UC Santa Cruz in 2016. She has worked in the past with UCSC studying how bilingualism interacts with STEM vocabulary in an effort to help teachers bridge language gaps. Her interests include statistical analyses, late night futsal games, and dogs, dogs and more dogs.

education  B.A. Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz



Arlyn is the lab manager at the main lab on Stanford campus. She will be finishing her BA from SJSU in Child and Adolescent Development in December 2019.

education  B.A. Child and Adolescent Development, SJSU



Karina is a member of the Evaluation team for the Habla Conmigo Academy. She received her B.S. in Human Development from UC Davis and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Education with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology at San Jose State University. Her interests include working with Latino families and children and educating them about the importance of early detection of speech-language disorders and early interventions for children. What she enjoys the most about this job is being able to speak Spanish with family members and getting the support from other members of the lab.

education  B.S. Human Development, UC Davis; M.S. (in progress), Communication Disorders and Sciences, SJSU



Sandra received her B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from SJSU in 2019.

education  B.A. Child and Adolescent Development, SJSU


Research Assistants


Shriya Anand

BS Psychology

Year: Class of 2019


Jessica Magallon

Major: Iberian and Latin American Studies

Year: Class of 2019


Joel Ramirez

Major: Symbolic Systems

Year: Class of 2021


Elizabeth Sanchez

Major: Psychology

Year: Class of 2020

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