Darin Woolpert, PhD, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology

Midwestern University
College of Health Sciences
Cactus Wren, 302-J
19555 N 59th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85308


PhD in Language and Communicative Disorders
San Diego State University / University of California, San Diego


Literacy Development in Dual-Language Learners

The United States has the second-largest Spanish-speaking population in the world (The Cervantes Institute, 2015).  Approximately 3 million children in U.S. schools are Spanish-speaking dual-language learners (DLLs), who typically find acquiring literacy in English challenging. Dr. Woolpert's research explores the relationship of spoken language to written language in dual-language learners. Of specific interest is how English and Spanish vocabulary knowledge impact English reading and writing in DLL children. 

Previous research: Written Language in Children with Perinatal Stroke

Dr. Woolpert previously explored the extent to which neural plasticity can compensate for early trauma in the developing brain. Despite initial delays and in contrast to adults with comparable lesions, children with PS perform comparably to their age-matched peers in free conversation by school age. Investigating the writing of these children revealed evidence of persistent deficits in grammatical morphology that do not appear to resolve with time, indicating limitations to the extent of neural plasticity for language. 


Woolpert, D. (under review). The Impact of Lexicon on Bilingual Children's Reading.

Woolpert, D. (in press). Doing more with less: the impact of lexicon on dual-language learners' writing. Reading and Writing. 

Woolpert, D. & Reilly, J. (2016). Investigating the extent of neuroplasticity: Written discourse in children with perinatal stroke. Neurosychologia, 89, 105-118.

Reilly, J., O'Hara, J., Woolpert, D., Salas, N., Wulfeck, B. & Tolchinsky, L. (2012). The development of written language in children with language impairment, in Torrance, M., et al. (ed.) Learning to Write Effectively: Current Trends in European Research, Emerald Group.