Journal of Otolaryngology Advances

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Otolaryngology Advances-Pediatric cochlear implants-Heather Bortfeld

United States

University of Connecticut and Haskins Laboratories.

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Heather Bortfeld


Department of Psychology,
Unit 1020,
University of Connecticut,
Storrs, CT 06269,
United States.

Research Interests:

  • Pediatric cochlear implants
  • Language development
  • Speech perception and processing


  • Heather Bortfeld is a Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of California, Merced. 
  • She completed her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at SUNY, Stony Brook in 1998. 
  • Her postdoctoral training at Brown University was supported by a National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). 
  • She was on the faculty at Texas A&M University and the University of Connecticut prior to arriving at UC Merced in 2015. 
  • Her research examines both healthy and atypical development with a focus on language.

Honors and Awards:

  • 2010 - Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
  • 2008 -  Ray A. Rothrock ’77 Fellow, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University.
  • 2005 - Keynote Speaker and Honorary Inductee, Golden Key International Honor Society, Texas A&M Chapter.
  • 1998 - Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health.