Dr. Pruitt’s research program examines child language development and disorders within the context of cultural and linguistic diversity.

Our lab’s efforts are rooted in community-based research with the goal of improving assessment and developing targeted interventions for children with language weaknesses.

Through our translational research, we aim to help families, educators, agencies, and policy makers recognize the importance of their role in facilitating children’s language and cognitive development.

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We are interested in learning:

    • What language patterns do children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with and without language disorders produce?
    • What is the efficacy of prevention models in “at-risk” populations?
    • What is the role of child language research in shaping public policy?