Carlos Benítez Barrera, PhD

Current Postdoc

Carlos Benítez-Barrera earned his PhD in Hearing and Speech Sciences from Vanderbilt University in 2020 under the mentorship of Dr. Anne Marie Tharpe. He received his MA in Deaf Education from Fontbonne University and his BS in Psychology from Autónoma University of Madrid. His general research interest is the auditory and language development in typically and atypically developing children (e.g., children with hearing loss). Additionally, his research interests include the investigation of the relationship between the quality of the acoustic and language environments in which children grow up and their behavioral and neural language outcomes. His current research examines whether low language outcomes in children from disadvantaged households are related to the quality of their home communication environment. To fulfill his research goals, he implements a variety of techniques including EEG, behavioral measures and analyses of home recordings using LENA technology. The goal of his work is to understand to what extent experience modulates the development of auditory and language skills in children from diverse backgrounds.