Dr. Catharine Echols is the primary investigator for the Language Development Lab. Dr. Echols received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in developmental psychology and conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University before joining the faculty at UT Austin.

Email: echols@austin.utexas.edu
Office: (512) 471-4879 in SEA 5.220
Lab: (512) 475-7982 in SEA 1.226

The Language Development Lab, which is within the Children’s Research Center, explores how children acquire the complexities of language and their understanding of it at different ages. Research goals include understanding how children and infants learn the meanings of words and structure of sentences in both monolingual and bilingual environments. We explore questions such as how children’s cognitive development and social knowledge interact with their language development.

There are a variety of projects and studies ongoing at this time. We are also actively recruiting families with children ranging from infants to eight-years-old to participate. Families interested in participating can fill out this
form to get involved.