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 the State University of New York, Stony Brook in 1998. She did her postdoctoral training at Brown University with the support of a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Bortfeld 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.



Graduate Students

allison_website-picMy 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 and atypically developing infants and children. My current focus is on how social, informal communication contributes to language learning in young children.






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, Allison Gabouer (graduate student), and Heather Bortfeld.