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Anny Castilla-Earls, Ph.D.

Dr. Castilla-Earls

Phone: (713) 743-0488
Office: Melcher Life Sciences M245C
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Castilla-Earls obtained her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2008. She is an Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston. Dr. Castilla-Earls' primary research interests are language development, assessment and disorders in monolingual and bilingual children. Her current research explores approaches to differentiate typically developing bilingual children from bilingual children with language disorders by (a) examining differences between monolingual and bilingual development, and (b) studying the effect of language exposure shifts on bilingual development. Dr. Castilla-Earls’ current research is funded by the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.


  • Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • M.S., Bilingual Education, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
  • B.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia


  • Language Development (COMD 2339)

Research Interests

Dr. Castilla-Earls' current research is oriented to a) find grammatical markers of language impairments that are accurate and stable across various levels of bilingual proficiency, b) examine current assessment practices in monolingual and bilingual children, and c) promote the systematic use of research-based practices in clinic and educational settings.

For more information, view Dr. Castilla-Earls’ research page and lab page. 

Research Grants

(past 5 years)

  • 2016-2021  National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH/NIDCD), K23DC015835,  Differentiating First Language Loss from Language Impairment in Bilingual Children, Role: Principal Investigator
  • 2014-2017  National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH/NIDCD), 1R15DC013670-01A1, Evidence-Based Clinical Diagnosis of Specific Language Impairments in Spanish-Speaking Children, Role: Principal Investigator

Selected Publications

(for a full list of publications, see CV and Google Scholar Profile)

  • Castilla-Earls, A., Perez-Leroux, A. T., Nieto, L., Restrepo, M. A. & Barr, C. (2019) Vulnerability of clitics and articles in typically developing bilingual children. Bilingualism, Language and Cognition, 1-11.
  • Castilla-Earls, A., Francis, D., Iglesias, A., & Davidson, K. (2019). The impact of the Spanish to English proficiency shift on the grammaticality of English learners. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 62(6), 1739-1754.
  • Fulcher-Rood, K., Castilla-Earls, A. P.Higginbotham, J. (2019). Diagnostic decisions in child language assessment: Findings from a case review assessment task. Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, 50(3), 385-393.
  • Wood, C., Hoge, R., Schatschneider, C., & Castilla-Earls, A. (2018) Predictors of item accuracy on the Test de Vocabulario en Imagenes Peabody for Spanish-English speaking children in the United States. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism,
  • Hernandez, A. E., Claussenius-Kalman, H. L., Ronderos, J., Castilla-Earls, A. P., Sun L., Weiss, S., & Young, D. R. (2018). Neuroemergentism: A framework for studying cognition and the brain. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 49, 214-223.


  • Grant Review and Reviewer Training Fellow, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2015)
  • Lessons for Success Fellow, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2013)
  • Clinical Practice Research Institute Fellow, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2012)

Professional Activities