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Ellen Newman holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her research interests are in cognitive development and learning and her research approach bridges the fields of Psychology and Education. To date, her research has examined the connection between language and literacy across cultures and in populations of children from low-income backgrounds. She has also studied and developed methods that use cognitive principles to improve language learning. She is currently interested in comparing literacy development across multiple languages of Spain (e.g., Spanish, Catalan, and Basque) and in studying how learning and instruction might be impacted by differences in the order in which languages are acquired by second language learners. Dr. Newman has conducted research in the US and in China and has worked in various not-for-profit organizations focused on improving education for children in poverty in the US including Teach for America, AmeriCorps, and KIPP.