A UT Dallas professor researching how dual-language students learn verbal skills is featured in a video
series highlighting programs supported by the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament.Dr. Raúl Rojas
, an assistant professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
, is included in a video series produced by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, which organizes the annual tournament. The series spotlights people and programs that work with the club’s charitable organization — The Momentous Institute. Rojas’ video highlights his work at Momentous School, an innovative Dallas laboratory school serving mostly low-income, Hispanic students from prekindergarten through fifth grade.
A conversation with a high school friend sparked Dr. Raúl Rojas’ interest in speech-language pathology, and an encounter with a special young patient led him to a career aimed at helping children.
Rojas heard about the expanding field of speech-language pathology while visiting with an old friend whose sister was studying to be a bilingual clinician. He soon wanted to learn more about communication disorders and the therapies for treating them.
A few years later, while working as an intern at a clinical school in Santa Fé de Bogotá, Colombia and earning a degree in psychology and Latin American history, Rojas realized that he wanted to become a researcher who could make a difference in the lives of children.
A postdoctoral fellow in the Callier Center for Communication Disorders
has won a competitive research grant to study the effectiveness of bilingual education programs.
Findings from the first phase of Dr. Raúl Rojas’ investigation are scheduled for publication in Child Development
later this year. Rojas, a native of Mexico, will become an assistant professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences