Child Language Disorders Research

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Kerry Danahy Ebert, PhD, CCC-SLP is an associate professor and speech-language pathologist in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences. She teaches graduate student coursework in children’s speech and language disorders, performs outpatient speech-language assessment and treatment services, and conducts research on language disorders and their treatment in monolingual and bilingual children.

Current projects

Attention in bilingual children with language impairment

Project funding: NIH, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Small grant program (R03DC013760-01A1)

This project seeks to improve understanding of developmental communication disorders within diverse populations. It examines attention skills in bilingual children with Primary Language Impairment. This common developmental disorder results in clinically significant delays in language acquisition, but is also associated with subtle deficits in attention skills. In contrast, bilingualism may enhance attention skills. We do not yet know how the influences of bilingualism and Primary Language Impairment interact with each other to affect attention. This project investigates the interaction, ultimately leading to better identification and management of this common communication disorder.

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Recent projects

Measuring rapport in speech-language treatment for children

Project funding: American Speech-Language Hearing Foundation New Investigator’s Award

This project investigates relationships between speech-language pathologists and the families they serve - relationships that may influence treatment success, but are not yet well-understood. For more information about the study, or if you are interested in participating, please contact Kerry Ebert.

Selected publications

Ebert, K.D. (2017).  Measuring clinician-client relationships in speech-language treatment for school-age children.  American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26, 146-152.
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Ebert, K.D., & Pham, G. (2017).  Synthesizing information from language samples and standardized tests in school-age bilingual assessment. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 48, 42-55.
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Ebert, K.D., & Scott, C.M. (2016).  Bringing the simple view of reading to the clinic: Relationships between oral and written language skills in a clinical sample.  Journal of Communication Disorders, 62, 147-160.
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Ebert, K.D., & Kohnert, K. (2016).  Language learning impairment in sequential bilingual children.  Language Teaching, 49, 301-338.
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Ebert, K.D., & Mikolajczyk, E.V. (2015).  Narrative quality measures in school-age children referred for language assessment. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 18, 354-363.
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Pham, G., Ebert, K.D., & Kohnert, K. (2015). Bilingual children with primary language impairment: Three months after treatment. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 50, 94-105.
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Ebert, K.D., & Scott, C.M. (2014). Relationships between narrative language samples and norm-referenced test scores in language assessments of school-age children. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 45, 337-350.
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Ebert, K.D. (2014). Nonlinguistic cognitive effects of language treatment for children with primary language impairment. Communication Disorders Quarterly35, 216-225.
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Ebert, K.D. (2014). The role of auditory nonverbal working memory in sentence repetition for bilingual children with primary language impairment.  International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 49, 631-636.
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Ebert, K.D., Pham, G, & Kohnert, K. (2014). Lexical profiles of bilingual children with primary language impairment. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 17, 766-783.
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Ebert, K.D., Kohnert, K., Pham, G., Rentmeester Disher, J., & Payesteh, B. (2014). Three treatments for bilingual children with primary language impairment: Examining cross-linguistic and cross-domain effects. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57, 172-186.
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Ebert, K.D., Rentmeester, J., & Kohnert, K. (2012). Nonlinguistic cognitive intervention for bilingual children with primary language impairment. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 26, 485-501.
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Ebert, K.D., & Kohnert, K. (2011). Sustained attention in children with primary language impairment: A meta-analysis. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54, 1372-1384.
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Kohnert, K., & Ebert, K.D. (2010). Beyond morphosyntax in developing bilinguals and “specific” language impairment. Applied Psycholinguistics, 31, 303-310.
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Ebert, K.D., & Kohnert, K. (2010). Common factors in speech-language treatment: Exploring qualities of effective clinicians. Journal of Communication Disorders, 43, 133-147.
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Ebert, K.D., & Kohnert, K. (2009). Nonlinguistic cognitive treatment for primary language impairment. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 23, 647-664.
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Kohnert, K., Windsor, J., & Ebert, K.D. (2009). Primary or “specific” language impairment and children learning a second language. Brain and Language, 109, 101-111.
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Ebert, K.D., Kalanek, J., Cordero, K.N., & Kohnert, K. (2008). Spanish nonword repetition: Stimuli development and preliminary results. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 29, 67-74.
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Contact us

Please contact Kerry Ebert