Amy S Pratt

Asst Professor

Professional Summary

My research explores the relationship between language and literacy development among children in the process of acquiring two languages. Broadly, I ask: How can we differentiate difficulties with language and reading that stem from an underlying disorder versus those that stem from emerging bilingualism? An important part of this work is the validation of measures that can identify typical versus atypical language development in bilinguals.

Given the compounded risk factors that many bilingual children in the U.S. face (divided exposure to English, sometimes low SES, sometimes low parental education), early accurate assessment is key. However, we lack valid assessments for bilinguals that screen for skills that underlie both language and reading disorders. 


Ph.D.: The Ohio State University (Speech and Hearing Science)

Masters: The Ohio State University 2010 (Foreign and Second Language Education)

BA: The Ohio State University 2007 (Spanish, Linguistics)

Research Support

Grant: #R21DC019996 Investigators:Amy Pratt. National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders Identification of Comorbid Language and Reading Disorders in Spanish-English Bilingual Children Role:Primary Investigator $588,750 Active Type:Grant

Grant: #R305A210136 Investigators:Elizabeth Peña, Ashley Sanabria, Amy Pratt, Henry May, Kevin Grimm. Institute of Education Sciences Role:Co-Investigator $2,000,000 Active Type:Grant

Grant: #R21DC019996 Investigators:Pratt, Amy 07-08-2023 -11-30-2024 National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disor Identification of Comorbid Language and Reading Disorders in Spanish-English Bilingual Children Role:PI 202500.00 Awarded Level:Federal


Peer Reviewed Publications

Fitton, Lisa; Goodrich, J Marc; Thayer, Lauren; Pratt, Amy; Luna, Rose (2023. ) Bilingual Vocabulary Assessment: Examining Single-Language, Conceptual, and Total Scoring Approaches.Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR, , 1-14 More Information

Grinstead, John; Ortiz-Ramírez, Pedro; Carreto-Guadarrama, Ximena; Arrieta-Zamudio, Ana; Pratt, Amy; Cantú-Sánchez, Myriam; Lefcheck, Jonathan; Melamed, David (2023. ) Piecewise Structural Equation Modeling of the Quantity Implicature in Child Language.Language and speech, , 66 (1 ) ,35-67 More Information

Grinstead, John; Kirk, Sadler; Pratt, Amy; Arrieta-Zamudio, Ana (2023. ) Predicting Scalar Implicature Interpretations From Lexical Knowledge.Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR, , 66 (1 ) ,178-189 More Information

Pratt, Amy S; Anaya, Jissel B; Ramos, Michelle N; Pham, Giang; Muñoz, Miriam; Bedore, Lisa M; Peña, Elizabeth D (2022. ) From a Distance: Comparison of In-Person and Virtual Assessments With Adult-Child Dyads From Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds.Language, speech, and hearing services in schools, , 53 (2 ) ,360-375 More Information

Pratt, Amy S; Grinstead, John A; McCauley, Rebecca J (2020. ) Emergent Literacy in Spanish-Speaking Children With Developmental Language Disorder: Preliminary Findings of Delays in Comprehension- and Code-Related Skills.Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR, , 63 (12 ) ,4193-4207 More Information

Pratt, Amy S; Justice, Laura M; Perez, Ashanty; Duran, Lillian K (2015. ) Impacts of parent-implemented early-literacy intervention for Spanish-speaking children with language impairment.International journal of language & communication disorders, , 50 (5 ) ,569-79 More Information

Justice, Laura M; Schmitt, Mary Beth; Murphy, Kimberly A; Pratt, Amy; Biancone, Tricia (2014. ) The 'robustness' of vocabulary intervention in the public schools: targets and techniques employed in speech-language therapy.International journal of language & communication disorders, , 49 (3 ) ,288-303 More Information

Pratt A.S.; Adams A.M.; Peña E.D.; Bedore L.M. (2020. ) Exploring the Use of Parent and Teacher Questionnaires to Screen for Language Disorders in Bilingual.Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, , 42 (1 ) ,77-90 More Information

Wood T.; Pratt A.S.; Durant K.; McMillen S.; Peña E.D.; Bedore L.M. (2021. ) Contribution of nonverbal cognitive skills on bilingual children’s grammatical performance: Influenc.Languages, , 6 (1 ) ,1-21 More Information

Pratt A.S.; Peña E.D.; Bedore L.M. (2020. ) Sentence repetition with bilinguals with and without DLD: Differential effects of memory, vocabulary.Bilingualism, , 24 (2 ) ,305-318 More Information

Dynia J.M.; Purtell K.M.; Justice L.M.; Pratt A.S.; Hijlkema M.J. (2019. ) Home Literacy Environments in Maya Communities in the Yucatan Peninsula.Early Education and Development, , 31 (3 ) ,411-425 More Information

Grinstead J.; Lintz P.; Pratt A.; Vega-Mendoza M.; De la Mora J.; Cantú-Sánchez M.; Flores-Avalos B. (2018. ) Null subject occurrence in monolingual Spanish SLI: A discriminant function analysis.Languages, , 3 (2 ) , More Information

LARRC; Pratt A.; Logan J. (2014. ) Improving Language-Focused Comprehension Instruction in Primary-Grade Classrooms: Impacts of the Let.Educational Psychology Review, , 26 (3 ) ,357-377 More Information

Post Graduate Training and Education

2017-2019 Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Texas at Austin, ,

2020-2022 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Irvine, ,

Courses Taught

-CSD-7073 LITERACY FOR SLPS Level:Graduate

-CSD-9088 GRANT WRITING Level:Graduate

-CSD-9065 IND WORK SLH SC Level:Graduate