Professionals Organizations in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Hispanic Caucus: The Hispanic Caucus is an association of Communication Sciences and Disorders professionals closely associated with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). http://ashahc.org/
ASHA Special Interest Group 14, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
Rivera-Perez J.F., Creaghead N.A., Washington K., Guo, Y., Raisor-Becker, L., Combs, S. (Submitted). Assertiveness and Shyness as Predictors of Vocabulary Intervention Outcomes for English Language Learners. Journal of Speech-language Services in School.
Rivera Perez, J. F., Hart, R., & Lund, E. (2020). Vocabulary-learning cues in children’s bilingual programming. Journal of Children and Media. DOI: 1080/17482798.2020.1802315
Rivera Pérez, J. F., Creaghead, N. A., Washington, K., Guo, Y., Raisor-Becker, L., & Combs, S. (2019). Using Audio Prompting to Assist Monolingual Speech-Language Pathologists to Teach English–Spanish Vocabulary to English Learners. Communication Disorders Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/1525740118819659
Lowell, S. Y., Vigil, D. C., Abdelaziz, M., Edmonds, K., Goel-Sakhalkar, P., Guiberson, M., Hamilton, A.F. Hung, P., Wilkerson, D.L Miller, C. Rivera Perez, J.F. Ramkissoon, I. & Scott D. (2018). Pathways to Cultural Competence: Diversity Backgrounds and Their Influence on Career Path and Clinical Care. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 3(14), 30-39.
Rivera Perez, J.F., Combs S., (2013). Supporting English and Spanish Vocabulary in English Language Learners. OSHLA eHearsay, 2 (2),117-126. https://www.ohioslha.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Fall17Issue.pd
Dr. Jean F. Rivera Perez research interests include bilingual development, biliteracy, vocabulary intervention/instruction, second language theories, assessment and treatment of bilingual (Spanish/English) preschool children and cultural and linguistic consideration in Communication Sciences and Disorder.
Current ongoing research with bilingual population:
1. The use of a bilingual eBooks App to promote vocabulary to English Learners.
This project will determine the effectiveness of using Spanish audio prompting delivered via an iPad by monolingual English-speaking speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to enhance vocabulary growth in children who are English Learners (ELs).
2. Second Language Acquisition: The Effect of Assertiveness and Shyness on Vocabulary Instructions Outcomes for English Learners.
Shyness may represent a risk factor for language acquisition in English Learners (ELs), but there is limited research regarding the effects of shyness on vocabulary learning with direct instruction. This study examines the relationship between scores on shyness scale, and gains in naming and defining words following English-only instruction or Spanish-English instruction for ELs.
3. Text To Speech/Audio Prompting: A strategy to help monolingual SLPs to promote bilingual vocabulary to English Learners.
This research investigates the effectiveness of using a child’s first language (L1), specifically Spanish, with Audio Prompting (AP) delivered via a tablet computer by monolingual English-speaking clinicians to enhance vocabulary growth in the L1 and second language (L2) of children who are English Learners (ELs).
Current ongoing research with culturally and linguistically diverse population:
Perspectives of Multiple Minority Identities in COSD
1. With the constant increasing rate of members of minority groups, many people can identify themselves as members of more than one minority group. Individuals with multiple minorities identities belong to groups that have been historically oppressed. The purpose of this research is to understand the experiences of Speech Language Pathologists with multiple minority identities.
If you or your child would like to participate in any of our research studies, you can contact Jean Franco Rivera Perez at TCU Box 297450 Fort Worth, TX 76129. Phone: 817-257-4075. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Información para participar en estudios de investigación.
Si usted o su niño desean participar en alguno de nuestros estudios de invstigación, puede contactar a Jean Franco Rivera Perez al: TCU Box 297450 Fort Worth, TX 76129. Teléfono: 817-257-4075. Correo electrónico: email@example.com.
Student Research and Clinical Experiences at BEaR Lab
Graduate and undergraduate students from our program have the opportunity to volunteer hours in BEaR Lab to obtain clinical hours and research experience. Students also have the opportunity to conduct research in BEaR Lab as part of their thesis, Honors project or undergraduate research project.
Jean F. Rivera-Pérez, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Davies School of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Texas Cristian University. Dr. Rivera Pérez has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from Universidad de Puerto Rico en Humacao, a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico, and a Ph.D. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of Cincinnati.
His academic interest and areas of expertise include bilingual development, biliteracy, vocabulary intervention/instruction, second language theories, assessment and treatment of bilingual (Spanish/English) preschool children, and cultural and linguistic considerations in Communication Sciences and Disorder.
In the Davies School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Dr. Rivera Pérez teaches graduate and undergraduate courses related to bilingual assessment and intervention and cultural and linguistic considerations in communication sciences and disorders. Dr. Rivera Pérez collaborates in research with Fort Worth ISD, professionals, and parents to serve bilingual children with language disorders.
Learn more about Dr. Rivera Perez program of research by exploring the lab pages.
Welcome to Bilingual Education and Research Lab (BEaR lab). Our laboratory primarily investigates the development of best practices to promote language and literacy skills in children who speak Spanish, or are bilingual, with or without language disorders. Our mission is to develop strategies that support the community in the delivery of bilingual services and to disseminate the benefits of bilingual education approaches to the professional and general community.
Our research specifically focuses in the development of technological tools (e.g., multimedia) to improve vocabulary service-delivery of monolingual (English) Speech Language Pathologists and instructors for facilitation of vocabulary acquisition of bilingual children. BEaR Lab conducts research with the linguistically and culturally diverse professional/patient community in our field with the aim of promoting better understanding that supports recruitment and retention of culturally and linguistically diverse professionals in the United States.
BEaR Lab also collaborates with schools in the Fort Worth ISD system as part of our goal to reach the community and meet the communication needs of children. Our main lab is housed in the Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic on the campus of Texas Christian University.