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Carolyn Quam, Assistant Professor

Contact Information

PSU Speech and Hearing Sciences/Neuberger Hall
724 SW Harrision
Portland, OR 97201

Office Location: NH 58

Areas of Expertise

Child Language Development & Disorders

Bilingualism & Second Language Learning




  • PhD, Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Psychology (Music Minor), Stanford University


SPHR 372U Speech and Language Development (Winter, Spring)


Curriculum Vitae



Carolyn Quam, Ph.D., joined the SPHR Faculty in Fall 2016 as an Assistant Professor.  At PSU, she runs a research lab, the Child Language Learning Center (CLLC) and teaches Speech and Language Development.

Dr. Quam earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University Pennsylvania in 2010 with a child language and psycholinguistics focus.  She then completed postdoctoral work at UC San Diego and the University of Arizona.  Dr. Quam's research interests include language acquisition in typically developing children and those with Specific Language Impairment; bilingualism; adult second-language learning; and the memory and learning systems that support language.  Dr. Quam's research utilizes eye-tracking and other behavioral methodologies.