Longer Bio for Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, Ph.D.


Kathryn Lindholm-Leary received her Ph.D. at UCLA, where she worked at the Spanish Speaking Mental Health Research Center and the Center for Language Education and Research. She is Professor Emerita of Child and Adolescent Development at San Jose State University, where she taught for 28 years. Her research interests focus on understanding the various child, family, and societal factors that influence student achievement, with a particular emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse students in dual language programs from PreK through high school. Kathryn has received several awards for her teaching, research, and service, including the prestigious San Jose State University Teacher-Scholar award and finalist for the President’s Scholar award, in addition to awards from CABE and Two-Way CABE. Her research has been cited in the Congressional Record and was used by the U.S. Secretary of Education to establish Title VII funding and program priorities for two-way dual language programs.She has worked with over 75 two-way and developmental bilingual programs from PreK through 12 over the past 30 years and has written books and journal articles, and given presentations to researchers, educators, and parents on the topics of dual language education and child bilingualism.