My work as Assistant Vice Provost at Queens College includes leading a college-wide effort called Foundations of Excellence, designed to improve the experience for first-year freshman and transfer students. I am also the director of the Center for Teaching & Learning, whose mission is to support and recognize all aspects of teaching and learning at Queens College.
I am faculty in the department of Linguistics & Communication Disorders, where I teach courses on psycholinguistics, bilingualism, and second language acquisition.
My research is on cross-linguistic aspects of sentence processing, with a focus on syntactic ambiguity and the contribution of prosody to syntactic disambiguation, and another focus on the impact of the second language on the first language of bilinguals.
I am affiliated with three programs at the CUNY Graduate Center, where I advise Masters and Ph.D. students:
The picture on this page, taken in the summer of 2009, is of a garden maze in the backyard of the Cathedral of Chartres, some 90 km southwest of Paris.