Dr. Patricia Brooks is Professor of Psychology at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York (CUNY), where she directs the Language Learning Laboratory. She completed her PhD studies in Experimental Psychology at New York University, and post-doctoral fellowships at Carnegie Mellon University and Emory University, before joining the CUNY faculty in 1997. Dr. Brooks serves as Deputy Executive Officer of the PhD Program in Psychology (Area: Pedagogy), and she is Faculty Advisor of the Graduate Student Teaching Association of the American Psychological Association. Her research interests are in two broad areas: (1) individual differences in language learning and development and (2) effective teaching and learning. Dr. Brooks has authored or co-authored over 75 scientific papers and book chapters. With Vera Kempe, she co-authored the textbook Language Development (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and co-edited the Encyclopedia of Language Development (Sage, 2014).