I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Linguistics. My current research, funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), focuses on the phonological awareness and reading skills of deaf children. I specialize in the early communication, Flemish Sign Language (VGT) acquistion and literacy in deaf children, and have published and presented my research for both academic and mainstream audiences. I also teach the course 'Inleiding tot de Vlaamse Gebarentaal' (Introduction to Flemish Sign Language). I am currently also involved in a research project at KU Leuven on the establishment of bilingual education Dutch - Flemish Sign Language (O&O, funded by the Dept. of Education, Flanders).
Previously I was a postdoctoral Academia Belgica fellow funded by the academia and the FWO for which I worked in collaboration with prof. dr. O. Capirci at the Language and Communication Across Modalities laboratory in Rome (LaCAM, ISTC-CNR). In 2019, I was a postdoctoral fellow of the Mayberry laboratory for multimodal language development at UC San Diego (USA). In 2018, I obtained an interdisciplinary PhD in Linguistics and in Health Sciences at Ghent University (supervised by prof. dr. M. Van Herreweghe and prof. dr. K. Van Lierde). During which I was a visiting scholar at Gallaudet University (Washington DC, USA) working in close collaboration with prof. dr. D. Chen Pichler, prof. dr. T. Allen and prof. dr. L. Simms.
Introduction to Flemish Sign Language