Doctoral Students

Irina Potapova, Philip Combiths, Jonathan Anthony

Irina Potapova
Irina’s research aims to identify patterns of typical and atypical language development in bilingual children. To that end, her doctoral research has explored morpheme marking and cross-language interactions in preschool-aged bilinguals. Most recently, this includes an eye-tracking study that allows for a sensitive investigation of how bilingual children with varying language skills scaffold information across their two languages. This work is funded by an NIDCD F31 predoctoral fellowship. In addition to her research, Irina is currently completing her clinical fellowship at San Diego State University’s Speech and Language Clinic. To contact Irina, please email  


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).


Alicia Escobedo
Alicia Escobedo is interested in research involving typical and atypical development in bilingual children and cross linguistic effects. Her first-year project 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).