Jean Rivera-Perez, Ph.D. – Research

Line of Research

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.

Recruitment Information

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:

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:

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.

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