Principal Investigator

Yuuko Uchikoshi
Yuuko Uchikoshi’s research focuses on the language and literacy development of young children from linguistically, culturally, and economically diverse backgrounds. Her research is focused on advancing students’ language and literacy outcomes, particularly from Spanish-speaking and Chinese-speaking, low-income homes. She is also interested in the role of educational transmedia on children’s language and literacy development. Most recently, she is interested in the reciprocal relationships among bilingual, socio-emotional and cognitive development. Uchikoshi’s developmental and instructional research has implications for policy, theory, and practice. See her complete faculty profile here.

Doctoral Research Assistants

Lu Yang
Lu Yang is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Education with an emphasis in Language, Literacy, and Culture. Her research broadly focuses on language and literacy acquisition for bilingual children and how parents and teachers can support the language and literacy skills of these children. Her current research projects include cross-language transfer in literacy acquisition and motivation in second language acquisition.  Before coming to UC Davis, she obtained a master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction at Texas A&M University.

Mayu Lindblad
Mayu Lindblad is a doctoral student at School of Education with special emphasis on Language, Literacy, and Culture. Her current research includes effects of musical training on phonological acquisition in second language learning. She also works on a project regarding parental involvement in young bilinguals literacy development. Prior to becoming a student at University of California, Davis, she worked as an ESL and Japanese instructor in institutes in California. She holds a master’s degree in Linguistics and a bachelor’s degree in Social Education.

Emily Mak
Emily Mak is a Ph.D. student at the School of Education with an emphasis in Language, Literacy and Culture. Her research interests primarily lie in dual language development in young children, particularly influences of school and home language environment on early language development. Before coming to University of California, Davis, Emily taught newcomer students English at elementary school in California for two years. Emily received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of California, Berkeley.

Undergraduate Research Assistants 

Zi Fang, Paola Gutierrez, Terry Huang, Alainie Liu, Fernando Godinez Medina, Janelle Palanca, Cecilia Plascencia, Diana Santoyo, Jillian Yick, Yuki Yu,


Stefania Barrera, Ty Brownridge, JaNay Brown-Wood, Austin Carroll, Amanda Chang, Peiyi Chen, Destiny Chiu, Mayra Covarruvuas, Noemi Gil, Neva He, Grace Jeong, Diana Juarez, Claire Kang, Yvette Lau, Leslie Le, Jingxian Li, Qin Li, Crystal Lin, MP Loc, Katelyn Magdaleno, Melissa Martinez, Karina Martinez-Ortiz, Melissa Mateo, Kareli Mendez, Madeline Mendler, Juliana Ng, David Morales, Naomi Reeley, Cynthia Sanchez, Jodie Sakazaki, Edith Suarez, Melinda Tran, Mariela Vega, Tiffany Wei, Jam Yau, Gary Yu, Julia Yu, Melissa Zavala


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