Erica Ellis

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Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services
Department of Communication Disorders
Office KHB106D



Dr. Ellis completed her B.A. at San Diego State University and her clinical work as well as her Ph.D. in Language and Communicative Disorders at San Diego State University & University of California, San Diego. Dr. Ellis is clinically certified and licensed in Speech Language Pathology. 


Research interests focus on lexical and cognitive processing skills in early language delay, specifically word learning and vocabulary knowledge in children who are late talkers. Additional areas of interest include parent and caregiver coaching, clincal education and supporting underrepresented student pathways to the field of CSD. 


Teaching interests include language development, language disorders in infants/toddlers as well as older school-age children and assessment/diagnostics.


  • De Anda, S., Ellis, E., & Mejia, N. (2021). Learning Words in Two Languages: Manipulating Exemplar Variability for Within- and Cross-Language Generalization. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

  • Lim, H. Ellis, E., & Sonnenschein, D. (2021). Effect of Sing and Speak 4 Kids: An Online Music-Based Speech and Language Learning Game for Children in Early Intervention. Child Language Teaching and Therapy.

  • Ellis, E., Borovsky, A., Elman, J., & Evans, J. (2021).  Toddlers’ ability to leverage statistical information to support word learning. Frontiers in Psychology: Language Science, 12, 1-17.
  • Daughrity, B., & Ellis, E. (2021). Parent Reported Challenges for Teens with ASD Transitioning to Young Adulthood. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (JNBASLH), 16, 35-45.
  • Ellis, E., Kubalanza, M.,  Simon-Cereijido, G., Munger, A., & Fuligni, A. (2020).  Interprofessional Collaboration to Promote Culturally Engaged and Strengths-based Practice. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 5, 1410-1421.
  • Simon-Cereijido, G., Ellis, E., & Kubalanza, M. (2019). An early intervention classroom-based practicum experience: Student clinician education in culturally and linguistically diverse naturalistic environments. eHearSay, 9(1), 54-61.
  • Borovsky, A., Ellis, E., Evans, J., & Elman, J. (2016). Semantic density interacts with lexical and sentence processing in infancy. Child Development, 87(6), 1893–1908.
  • Borovsky, A., Ellis, E., Evans, J., & Elman, J.  (2016). Lexical leverage: Category knowledge boosts real-time novel word recognition in two year olds. Developmental Science, 19, 918-932.
  • Ellis, E., Borovsky, A., Elman, J., & Evans, J. (2015). Novel Word Learning: An Eye-Tracking Study Are 18-Month-Old Late Talkers Really Different from their Typical Peers? Journal of Communication Disorders, 58, 143-157.
  • Ellis, E., Robledo, M., & Deák, G. (2013). Visual Prediction in Infancy: What is the Association to Later Vocabulary? Language Learning and Development, 10, 36-50.
  • Ellis, E. & Thal, D. (2008) Early Language Delay and Risk for Language Impairment Perspectives in Language Learning Disorders, 15, 93-100.


Ph.D. Language and Communicative Disorders 

  • University of California, San Diego
  • State Diego State University
    San Diego, CA

B.A. Communication Disorders

B.A. Psychology 

  • San Diego State University 
    San Diego, CA