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Isabelle Barrière, PhD


Molloy College, Long Island, & YVY Research Institute, Brooklyn

Dr. Barrière is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Molloy College. She completed her PhD in Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck College at the University of London. She subsequently received training in Early Childhood Education (in Canterbury, UK), in Neuropsychology at Toulouse University and at the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, and in Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University. Her research has been supported by numerous grant-giving organizations, both European, such as the UK ESRC, and American, such as the New York State Department of Education (NYS DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Barrière is also the Director of Policy for Research and Education at the Yeled V’Yalda Early Childhood Center (YVY), one of the largest Head Start programs in New York City.

Jonathan Nissenbaum, PhD


City University of New York, Brooklyn College

Dr. Jon Nissenbaum is an assistant professor in the Department of English at CUNY Brooklyn College. He earned his PhD at MIT, under the supervision of Noam Chomsky and David Pesetsky. Before joining the faculty at Brooklyn College, he held positions at Harvard, McGill, and Syracuse universities. His research has been funded by the NIH/NIDCD as well as the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Fonds de recherche du Québec Société et culture. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in linguistic theory at both introductory and advanced levels.

Margareth Lafontant, PhD

Program Evaluator

City University of New York, Medgar Evers College

Dr. Lafontant is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at CUNY Medgar Evers College, where she teaches courses in Child Development and Early Childhood/Special Education. She holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Yeshiva University, and a dual Master’s degree in Bilingual Special Education from Bank Street College of Education. Dr. Lafontant has enjoyed a multifaceted career which has encompassed teaching, student assessment, early intervention, staff development, and program evaluation. Her research activities have been primarily focused on program evaluation, and she is also very interested in the socio-emotional aspects of learning.

Cass Lowry

Program Coordinator

City University of New York, The Graduate Center & Brooklyn College

Cass Lowry is a PhD student in Linguistics at The Graduate Center, CUNY and an Adjunct Instructor at Brooklyn College. Cass’s research focuses on the morphosyntax of Georgian, particularly as spoken by the Georgian-American community in the NYC area. More information about Cass’s work can be found here: