Ileana Ratiu, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor


Midwestern University
Speech Pathology
Cactus Wren #302
19555 N. 59th Avenue

Glendale, AZ 85308
Office: (623) 537-6328
e-mail: mailto:iratiu@midwestern.edu

EDUCATION 

Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science Arizona State University 2015
M.S. in Communication Disorders Arizona State University 2009
B.S. in Psychology Arizona State University 2005
B.A. in French Arizona State University 2005

RESEARCH SUMMARY

My research focuses on three related areas: bilingual memory and lexical access, bilingual executive function, and bilingual language control.  I am interested in how bilingual language experiences interact with executive function and episodic memory processes.  For example, separate measures of language experience, including perceived proficiency, age of acquisition, and degree of balanced language use, may be differentially related to working memory and related executive functions. Additionally, I am interested in how acquired neurogenic disorders affects these areas.  My current research focuses on how traumatic brain injury affects executive function and language control in bilinguals using a behavioral measurements (e.g., reaction time, accuracy) and physiological techniques (e.g., eye-tracking).  

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Ratiu, I., Hout, M. C., Walenchok, S. C., Azuma, T., & Goldinger, S. D. (2017). Comparing visual search and eye movements in bilinguals and monolinguals. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. doi:10.3758/s13414-017-1328-3

Ratiu, I. & Azuma, T. (2017). Language control in bilingual adults with and without history of mild traumatic brain injury. Brain and Language, 166, 29-39. doi: 10.1016/j.bandl.2016.12.004

Ratiu, I. & Azuma, T. (2015). Working memory capacity: Is there a bilingual advantage? Journal of Cognitive Psychology27(1), 1-11. doi: 10.1080/20445911.2014.976226