Johanne Paradis is Professor, Department of Linguistics and Adjunct Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders, at the University of Alberta, Canada.
Paradis studies bilingualism and second language acquisition in children with typical development and children with developmental disorders. Her primary research focus concerns children learning English as a second language with typical development: How these children approach native-speaker competence, what unique language development profiles they display, and the factors explaining why some individual children learn English faster than others.
Concerning children with atypical development, Paradis’ research has focused on two key issues: the capacity for bilingualism shown by children with developmental disorders, and what language measures best differentiate English second language children with typical development from those with language disorder.
Paradis is first author of the 2011 book, Dual Language Development and Disorders: A Handbook on Bilingualism and Second Language Learning (2nd edition, Brookes Publishing).