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Raquel Anderson

Professor Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Phone: (812) 855-4161


  • B.A., Communications, Oberlin College, 1980
  • M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, 1982
  • Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology, Northwestern University, 1987


  • Faculty award, Committee on Multicultural Understanding, Indiana University, 2006
  • Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (TERA), Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University, 1996
  • Distinguished alumnus for the Program in Speech and Language Pathology, College of Allied Health Professions, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, 1996

Research Interests

Child bilingualism/second language acquisition, grammatical skill in Spanish-speaking children with SLI, language skill assessment in dual language learners

I conduct research in the areas of typical and atypical language development in Spanish-speaking children and in children from dual language backgrounds. Although I am interested in studying dual language learners in general, most of my research centers on Spanish-English speaking children who have learned English sequentially. My research centers on describing the grammatical skills of Spanish speaking children with specific language impairment (SLI). I have included in my research are children from varied sociolinguistc backgrounds, including both monolingual and bilingual speakers, and typical and atypical learners. In this way, the impact of child-internal and child-external factors on grammatical skill can be ascertained. It is my goal that this research program will result in informing us about language acquisition processes in children. In addition, practical and applied aspects of the field, specifically those pertaining to best practices in the assessment and treatment of children from dual language backgrounds are also addressed. I direct the Bilingual Language Development lab in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.


I teach in the areas of child second language acquisition/disorders, social factors related to communication disorders, language diversity, and atypical language development and disorders.

Dissertation Committee Service

Bold student names indicate a cognitive science standalone student.

Author Dissertation Title Committee
Blackburn, JudithReading Skills in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (January 2006)Anderson, R. (Chair), Forrest, K., Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Murray, L.