Elizabeth Ijalba is Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders at Queens College, CUNY. She teaches classes on language acquisition with a bilingual focus. She is trained as a speech-language pathologist and her research focuses on literacy, bilingualism, and parent training. She established the Bilingual Biliteracy Lab and is Principal Investigator for the Bilingual Early Language and Literacy Acquisition project (BELLA). The aim of this project is to develop effective methodologies that can improve outcomes for children with autism, language disorders, and language delay from low-income immigrant families who speak a language other than English at home.
Ijalba, E. (forthcoming) Understanding parental engagement in Hispanic mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder: Application of a process-model of cultural competence. Journal of Multilingual Educational Research (30 pages) (provisional acceptance by journal editors pending reviewers’ comments)
Ijalba, E. (forthcoming) Effectiveness of a parent-implemented early literacy intervention in the home-language. Child Language Teaching and Therapy (30 pages) (accepted pending final minor revisions submitted)
Ijalba, E. (submitted for publication) The experience of raising a child with autism spectrum disorder in immigrant Hispanic mothers, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (40 pages) (revisions submitted for final review)
Ijalba, E. Effectiveness of parent education in the use of focused language stimulation with visual support for children with autism spectrum disorder (submitted for publication and awaiting review) Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities (30 pages)
PUBLISHED CHAPTER BOOKS, PROCEEDINGS, OTHER SCHOLARLY AND CREATIVE WORK
Ijalba, E., Obler, L.K., Shengappa, S. (2013). Bilingual aphasia: Theoretical and clinical considerations. In Ted Bhatia and William C. Ritchie (Eds.), Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Second edition (pp. 61-83), Blackwell Publishing, MA, USA (major revisions, updating of the literature and new sections added) doi 10.1111/b.9781444334906.2013.00007.x
Hyun, J., Ijalba, E., Signorelli, T., Conner, P., & Obler, L. K. (2010). Frontal lobe. In Patrick Colm Hogan (Ed.), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences (pp. 324-327), Cambridge University Press: NY.
Ijalba, E. (2010). Supporting early-literacy and language acquisition among bilingual children in Head Start. The Hispanic Caucus, (4), 3, 3-6.
Obler, L. K., & Ijalba, E. (2009). Extremes of L2 Learning: Neurolinguistic Evidence. Proceedings of the 14th Conference of the Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics. Kyoto, Japan, 157-162.
Ijalba, E. (2008) Markers of dyslexia in adult Spanish-speakers who report severe difficulty learning English. Proquest (Ph.D. dissertation)
Ijalba, E., Obler, L.K. (2007). Crosslinguistic Aspects of Dyslexia in Spanish-English Bilinguals. In José Centeno, Loraine K. Obler, Raquel Anderson (Eds.), Communication Disorders in Spanish Speakers, (pp. 243-255), Mulitilingual Matters: UK.
Ijalba, E., Obler, L.K., Shengappa, S. (2004). Bilingual Aphasia. In Ted Bhatia, and William C. Ritchie (Eds.), Handbook of Bilingualism (pp. 71-89), Blackwell Publishing: MA. doi 10.1111/b.9780631227359.2005.00007.x
Ijalba, E. (2001). The Sounds of Spanish. In E. Levy (Ed.) Baby’s First Steps (pp. 15-24). Living Language, Random House Co., New York, N.Y.
Cairo,V.E., Ijalba, E., Obler, L.K., Gomez, L. R, Marin, L.R, Devia, C.C, Bouza, H.C. (2002). Bias in Visual Attention Behavior in a Normal School-Aged Population, Brain and Cognition, Mar-Apr; 48(2-3), 291-6.
Ijalba, E., Cairo, V.E. (2002). El Modelo de Doble-Ruta en los Procesos de Lectura. Revista de Psicología Cubana, (19), 1, 100-110.
PRESENTATIONS (Invited and Peer Reviewed)
Ijalba, E. Models of cultural competence in working with immigrant families of young children with language learning needs. Bilingual Special Education Summer Institute, Graduate School of Education, Fordham University, New York, NY (July 3, 2014)
Ijalba, E. Parents and teachers as cultural brokers in their children’s education. Two- hour presentation with teachers at the New York State Association of Bilingual Educators (NYSABE), Queens, NY (March 2014)
Ijalba, E. What parents should know about bilingualism. Two-hour presentation with parents at The Latino Institute. Newark, NJ (October 2013)
Ijalba, E. The emergent bilingual child and later academic success. Two-hour presentation with teachers at The Latino Institute. Newark, NJ (October 2013).
Ijalba, E., and Yoo, N. Discrepancy between test vocabulary scores and spontaneous language samples in Korean-American preschool children: 4 case studies. Poster at New York Speech Language and Hearing Association, Saratoga, NY (April 2013)
Ijalba, E., and Giraldo, A. Parent training in the use of focused stimulation with literacy support for Hispanic families of children with autism spectrum disorders (2 hour presentation), New York Speech Language and Hearing Association, Saratoga, NY (April 2013)
Ijalba, E. Bilingual Early Language and Literacy Acquisition: A parent-training program for Latino parents of children with language and communication disorders. Head Start’s 11th National Research Conference, Washington, DC (June 2012)
Maglaya, V., & Ijalba, E. (mentor). Early literacy practices and bilingualism in the Filipino-American community of New York City. Poster at Undergraduate Science Research Day at Queens College, Queens, NY (September 2012)
Yoo, N., & Ijalba, E. (mentor). Vocabulary scores, mean length of utterance (MLU), and mothers’ direct teaching style in 5 Korean-American preschool children: 5 case studies. Poster at Undergraduate Science Research Day at Queens College, Queens, NY (September 2012)
Ijalba, E. Bilingual Early-Language Literacy Acquisition (BELLA): training parents to use their home-language. Invited talk to medical personnel at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Queens, NY (February 2012)
Ijalba, E., Velasco, P., Crowley, C. Developing literacy skills for bilingual children (Spanish-Chinese-Korean). Queens College and New York State Association for Bilingual Education. Conference at Queens College, Queens, NY (March 2012)
Ijalba, E. Parent-training: Using the home-language to promote early-literacy in Latino families. Colloquium at NYU Steinhardt, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. New York, NY (April 2012)
Ijalba, E., Jeffers, C., Giraldo, A., Penagos, A., Parmiter, J. Spanish-speaking parents as “Home-Language Facilitators” for their children with language impairments: Empowering parents through participatory research (2 hour presentation), New York Speech Language and Hearing Association, Saratoga, NY (April 2012)
Jeffers, C., Giraldo, A., Penagos, A., Parmiter, J., Ijalba, E. Summer parent-training program for Spanish-speaking parents: Effects on vocabulary gains in children with language impairment when using the home-language. Poster at New York Speech Language and Hearing Association, Saratoga, NY (April 2012)
Yang, S., Li, Q., Chong, C., Jung, M., Ijalba, E. Early-literacy and use of the home-language in Chinese and Korean families of children with language impairment. Poster at New York Speech Language and Hearing Association, Saratoga, NY (April 2012)
Pashalis, A., Tsirnikas, E., Ijalba, E. Early literacy practices and bilingualism in the Greek-American Community of NYC. Poster at New York Speech Language and Hearing Association, Saratoga, NY (April 2012)
Velasco, P., Ijalba. E. Bilingual Special Education Reform: Implications for teacher education programs. Morning and afternoon presentations at the Bilingual/Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) Forum, NYC/DOE Division of Students with Disabilities & English Language Learners, New York, NY (May 2012)