Margarita Kaushanskaya

Associate Professor
343 Goodnight Hall, 1975 Willow Dr., Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-6473

Language Acquisition and Bilingualism Laboratory


B.A., University of California–Berkeley
M.A., Northwestern University
Ph.D., Northwestern University

Courses Taught

CD 240 Language Development in Children and Adolescents
CD 455H Undergraduate Honors in Communicative Disorders
CD 709 Language Problems of School Age Children and Adolescents
CD 945 Seminar in Language and Cognition

Research Statement

Dr. Kaushanskaya is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences Disorders of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated with a BA in Linguistics and Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She then moved to the Midwest, and got both her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University. Dr. Kaushanskaya leads and supervises research that goes on in the Language Acquisition and Bilingualism Lab.

Dr. Kaushanskaya’s research focuses on second-language acquisition and bilingualism in children and adults. She directs the Language Acquisition and Bilingualism Laboratory, housed in Goodnight Hall and the Waisman Center. The overall goal of her research program is to uncover the cognitive mechanisms that underlie language learning across the lifespan. The work in the Language Acquisition and Bilingualism lab examines the effects of bilingualism on learning and memory in children and adults; the interplay between linguistic and cognitive factors in shaping language proficiency of bilingual children and adults; and the nature and the developmental trajectory of language impairment in bilingual children.

Recent Publications

Kaushanskaya, M., & Yoo, J. (in press). Phonological short-term and working memory in bilinguals’ native and second language. Applied Psycholinguistics.

Kaushanskaya, M. (in press). Cognitive mechanisms of word learning in bilingual and monolingual adults: The role of phonological memory. Bilingualism: Language & Cognition.

Kaushanskaya, M., & Yoo, J. (2011). Rehearsal effects in adult word learning. Language and Cognitive Processes, 26, 121-148.

Kaushanskaya, M., & Marian, V. (2009). The bilingual advantage in novel word learning. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 16 (4), 705-710.

Kaushanskaya, M., & Marian, V. (2009). Bilingualism reduces native-language interference in novel word learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 35, 829-835.