Researcher Profile

Deanna Friesen

Assistant Professor

BMI Associate Member

Department(s):
Faculty of Education

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Contact Information:

Deanna.Friesen@uwo.ca
(519) 661-2111 x87969
FEB 1113

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Research Areas

Profile

I am a member of the Applied Psychology Arc at the Faculty of Education. I study bilingualism and its impact on language and cognitive processing. Specifically, I am investigating how bilingualism as a life experience impacts language use: word recognition, sentence processing, speech perception and text processing. I use behavioural, eye-tracking, and neural (i.e., EEG) measures in my work.

Recently, I have begun to investigate how to support reading comprehension success in bilingual readers. To this end, I am investigating what reading strategies are employed by elementary school students in French Immersion when reading in both English and French. I am also investigating the strategies used by English language learners and monolingual readers. The goal is to determine characteristics that differentiate successful bilingual readers from less successful readers in order to support reading development in bilingual students who are struggling.