Dr. Durant is an assistant professor in the Speech Pathology and Audiology program in the School of Health Sciences, College of Education, Health and Human Services. She teaches graduate courses focusing on developmental and acquired cognitive and communication disorders and is a member of the Brain Health Research Institute at Kent State University. She is the director of Learning Outcomes, Cognitive Abilities, and Language (LOCAL) lab, where she investigates the influence of nonverbal cognition on encoding language information in children’s first and second languages. She has shown that bilingual performance reflects both evaluation task type and distributed language-learning opportunities.
Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Memphis, 2017, M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology, University of Memphis, 2013, B.A. in Linguistics Ohio State University, 2009
Behavioral research of neurodevelopmental disorders, Statistical modeling of bilingual language representation
College of Education, Health and Human Services Pre-Tenure SEED Grant, Kent State University Awarded