Kathleen Oppenheimer received her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University and her BA in Linguistics and Chinese from Harvard College. She previously worked as a speech-language pathologist in a children’s hospital and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Maryland at College Park under the guidance of Dr. Nan Bernstein Ratner. Kathleen’s research interests include language and literacy development in children with typical and atypical development. She is also interested in the diagnosis and treatment of language disorders in children who speak non-mainstream dialects of English. Her dissertation focuses on reading comprehension in college students with Developmental Language Disorder.


  • MS
    Speech-Language Pathology, Northwestern University
  • AB
    Linguistics, Harvard College
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