Carol Mesa

Carol Mesa

Assistant Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences


  • Postdoctoral, Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
  • Ph.D., Speech & Hearing Sciences, Arizona State University
  • M.Ed. , Early Child Education,Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • B.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

About Carol Mesa

Dr. Mesa is a bilingual scholar who specializes in studying the factors that impact the language and literacy skills of English-Spanish bilingual children in language contact environments as in the U.S. She investigates the role of home and school environments in shaping these skills over time and designs programs that promote bilingual children's foundational skills in both languages, which are essential for reading success, academic achievement, and cultural identity. She works with clinicians, professionals, and policymakers from different fields to support bilingual language and literacy development in children with and without language disorders or disabilities. Dr. Mesa is the director of the Bilingual Language Interaction for Social Success (BLISS) Laboratory and is particularly interested in advocating for Hispanic families’ language and communication. Through her research, she promotes the understanding and implementation of evidence-based practices and helps trainees in Speech-language Pathology and Education to build culturally responsive practices that enable them to serve bilingual children and their families successfully.