Donna Jackson-Maldonado, Ph.D.

Donna Jackson-Maldonado, Ph.D.

Donna Jackson-Maldonado, Ph.D., is Professor at Department of Languages and Literature (Facultad de Lenguas y Letras) in Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Qa de Cedros, Mexico. Dr. Jackson-Maldonado was born in the United States but was brought up in Mexico. She has lived in a bilingual-bicultural environment all of her life. Her initial professional experience was as a speech-language pathologist working with children with language disorders and learning disabilities and deaf children. She also has worked for the Mexican government's special education and communication disorders programs, doing in-service training, writing books and manuals, and developing language assessment instruments. Dr. Jackson-Maldonado received her doctorate in linguistics from El Colegio de México in Mexico City. Her research has been in Spanish and bilingual language development in infants and toddlers. Part of this work was the development of the Mac-Arthur Inventarios del Desarrollo de Habilidades Comunicativas and, with Donna J. Thal, a language and gesture battery for Spanish speakers. Dr. Jackson-Maldonado is currently a full-time professor and researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro in Mexico. She directs a project on late-talking Spanish-speaking toddlers.

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