Betancourt, Kyna, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Betancourt, Kyna, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Kyna Betancourt graduated in 2006 with a BA in Language, Speech and Hearing from the University of South Florida. She was then accepted into the European Masters in Clinical Linguistics program as part of the Erasmus Mundus project. During this year long program Kyna spent a trimester in Milan, Italy attending various classes on neuroanatomy, statistics, and neurolinguistics. She then spent a trimester in Joensuu, Finland attending classes on speech science, speech synthesis, neurolinguistics, and language in autism. Finally, Kyna spent four months in Potsdam, Germany writing her thesis and taking courses on neurolinguistics in impaired populations, advanced linguistics, and morphology. Upon completing her MS in Europe, Kyna returned to the University of South Florida where she was dual enrolled in the MS and the PhD in Speech-Language Pathology. In May, 2010 she completed her MS and currently holds her ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competency. In February, 2010 she passed her doctoral competency exams in the areas of specific language impairment in bilingual children, statistical learning, and phonological development and disorders in monolingual and bilingual children.

Kyna is currently in the University of South Florida's Institute of Doctoral Leadership where she is interning with the Sr. VP for Global Affairs and International Research. She is working on an initiative to better serve students graduating with the International Baccalaureate diploma. She is also a visiting faculty member at USF Sarasota-Manatee where she teaches on-line courses for the B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Kyna's research focuses on vocabulary acquisition in sequential bilingual children with an emphasis on the role of phonotactic probability and statistical learning. She recently received a grant from the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and completed a pilot study for her dissertation entitled: Effects of Second Language Experience on Second Language Phonotactic Knowledge. She is currently collecting data for her doctoral dissertation which will investigate the effects of phonotactic probability on young bilingual children's ability to sort non-words by language.

B.A. (Language, Speech and Hearing) University of South Florida 2006
M.S. (Clinical Linguistics) University of Potsdam, Germany 2007
M.S. (Speech-Language Pathology) University of South Florida 2010

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