Dr. Stephanie DeAnda, mentored by Dr. Margaret Friend, has completed all requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders. The title of Dr. DeAnda’s dissertation is, Lexical-Semantic Development in Monolingual and Bilingual Children. Her research was funded by a large project grant from the NIH (#HD068458) and an individual predoctoral fellowship (#HD081933), also from the NIH.

She leaves San Diego to begin her new position as a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Oregon’s program in Communication Disorders and Sciences. In Finland, students receive a top hat and a sword when they complete the Ph.D.

Here, Stephanie dons a bowler (practical for more occasions, arguably, than the top hat) and a martial arts sword to symbolize the singular focus that will guide her through the next few years to tenure. Congratulations Stephanie!