Associate Professor of Communicative Disorders
Barbara Conboy is an associate professor in the department of Communications Disorders at the University of Redlands, who has expertise in language and cognitive development and language-learning disorders in bilingual children, multicultural issues in language learning, and neurolinguistic approaches to studying language learning and processing.
She teaches classes on early language development and disorders; bilingualism; language development and disorders in monolingual and bilingual Spanish speakers; issues in cultural and linguistic diversity; and a service-learning travel course in Guatemala.
She has published numerous articles and book chapters on her work with bilingual infants and children, and is especially interested in improving language services to young children from bilingual and non-English-speaking backgrounds. To this end, she is currently serving on a state advisory board to improve preschool programs for dual language learners.
Conboy is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist, and she holds a doctorate in language and communicative disorders from the joint program between the University of California San Diego and San Diego State University.
She also earned a master’s degree in speech-language-hearing sciences (Hispanic Emphasis Program) from Temple University and her bachelor’s degree in Latin-American studies from Smith College.
Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise
- Child language development
- Early language development in infants and toddlers
- Early bilingualism
- Bilingualism and the brain
- Second language
- Linguistic diversity
- Language pathology