About Emily

Emily Speed is resilient in the face of challenges, a determined and purposeful student, and a researcher to the core. She received her BA in psychology in 2015 from the University of West Florida. She recently moved across the country to begin the Educational Neuroscience Ph.D program at Utah State University. Her daughter, Catie, is pretty much the best thing that ever happened to her and continues to teach Emily something new every day. Emily speaks Spanish at the working professional level and is conversationally fluent (and improving) in American Sign Language and Python. She is also casually studying German and Kaqchikel Mayan.

Her current research interests are as follows:

  • the effects language of instruction on numerical system understanding
  • bimodal bilingualism
  • benefits of adult second language acquisition of American Sign Language
  • mediation effects of grit on mental health issues in language brokers
  • language brokering practices, code-switching, and linguistic development of CODAs (Children of Deaf Adults)
  • acculturation in English-Spanish bilingual children of immigrants

Emily’s hobbies include longboarding, cross-stitch, and making blanket forts. She also enjoys learning about Meso-American indigenous languages and peoples, aviation and aeronautics, the philosophy of religion, organizational strategies, concept cars, underground cave systems, Buddhist philosophy, entomology, dinosaurs, ad infinitum.