bortfeld-heather-0602Heather Bortfeld is a Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of California, Merced. She completed her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at SUNY, Stony Brook in 1998. Her postdoctoral training at Brown University was supported by a National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). She was on the faculty at Texas A&M University and the University of Connecticut prior to arriving at UC Merced in 2015. Her research examines both healthy and atypical development with a focus on language. [Bortfeld_June2017_CV]


Graduate Students


My name is Allison Gabouer. I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Purdue University in December 2015. Broadly, I am interested in language acquisition in typically & atypically developing infants & children. Right now, my focus is on how social, informal communication contributes to language learning in young children.




Spring 2017 Research Assistants

spring-2017-crewIn the back from left to right: Heather Bortfeld,  Daisy Pineda, Raveena Singh, Valeria Rodriguez-Del Rio, Cristal Urias, Maya Gonzales, Allison Gabouer (graduate student), Tania Arellano Correa, and Mayra Saavedra.







Fall 2016 Research Assistants

img_1672-2In the back from left to right: Cristal Urias, Valeria Rodriguez-Del Rio, Nadia Alazzeh, and Raveena Singh. In the front from left to right: Mayra Saavedra, Tania Arellano Correa, Allison Gabouer (graduate student), and Heather Bortfeld.