Dr. Alper is a licensed speech-language pathologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders within the College of Public Health at Temple University. Dr. Alper completed her M.A., Ph.D., and a Graduate Certificate in biostatistics at the University of Iowa, where she was a Presidential Fellow under the co-mentorship of Drs. Karla McGregor and Richard Hurtig. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Temple Infant and Child Lab with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek. Dr. Alper’s research focuses on understanding and improving language and academic outcomes for children who are at-risk as a result of learning environment, communication disorder status, or both. This work includes clinical behavioral assessment research, as well as research on the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinician and caregiver-mediated early language and literacy interventions. Additionally, Dr. Alper is interested in research methodology and data analysis for speech-language research.
Lab Website: https://sites.temple.edu/langlitlearnlab
- PhD, Speech and Hearing Science, University of Iowa
- MA, Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Iowa
- BS, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University