Dr. Schwarz’s primary line of research examines read-aloud practices with prereaders at the preschool language level across sub-specialties of educators in two ways. In one set of studies, she applies a methodology adapted from the field of sensory and perception research (e.g., wine tasting, olive oil tasting, salt tasting) to capture clinical-decision making and to transform it into evidence-based tools for new clinicians and parents. In the second set of studies, Dr. Schwarz compares read-aloud goals, read-aloud behaviors, and use of academic language during read alouds across types of educators (e.g., teachers of the deaf, SLPs, bilingual educators). Dr. Schwarz’s secondary line of research examines how social, cultural, and linguistic biases of professionals and students in Communication Disorders affect their clinical judgments.

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”                                                                          — Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”
— Philo of Alexandria