Principal Investigator

MG_4586FORWEB-768x512Dr. Sonja Pruitt-Lord, CCC-SLP
Associate SLHS Director
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2006

Professional Memberships/Affiliations
– American Speech Language Hearing Association
– Society for Research in Child Development

Academic and Clinical Teaching Areas
– Child Language Development and Disorders
– Diagnostic Methods
– Language Science

Phone: (619) 594-8651
Office: SLHS 228



Irina Potapova
Irina is a postdoctoral fellow and certified speech language pathologist. Her research aims to characterize typical and atypical language development in bilingual children. This work has included examinations of patterns in each language, as well as an investigation of how the two languages may interact. Funding sources have included an NIDCD F31 postdoctoral fellowship, an NIDCD T32 training fellowship, the SDSU Lipinsky Fellowship and the UCSD Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program. Currently, she is contributing to an NIH-funded clinical trial investigating optimal treatment targets for children with speech sound disorders and/or language impairment run collaboratively between the ChiLD3 Language Lab and the Phonological Typologies Lab at San Diego State University.  To contact Irina, please email



AliciaEscobedoAlicia Escobedo
Alicia Escobedo is interested in research involving typical and atypical developmentin bilingual children and cross linguistic effects. Her first-year proj
ect will focus on characterizing language performance over the course of a school year in monolingual English and Spanish-English bilingual children.She is supported by the NIH T32 training grant (2017-2018).

Philip Combiths
Philip’s current projects include phonological influences on tense morpheme production in linguistically diverse populations along with word-final treatment options for children with co-morbid speech and language impairment. Philip’s funding has been provided by an NIH T32DC007361-08 (2015-2016; 2017-2018) and Lipinsky Fellowship in Language and Communicative Disorders (2016-2017).

Jonathan Anthony
Jonathan’s research interests include the relation between bilingual language dominance and cross-linguistic knowledge, as well as the relation between language dominance and inhibitory control. Jonathan’s funding has been provided by the San Diego Fellowship (2017-2019) and the Lipinsky Fellowship (2017-2018).



Thank you to all of our lab members, past, present and future, who have shown dedication and commitment to our lab’s research efforts in order to allow us to create change for children.



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