Wendy Francis’ research focuses on verbal memory and word production in bilingual and monolingual speakers of English and Spanish. She has used established memory paradigms to address questions about bilingual lexical processing and conceptual representation. This research also incorporates strategic use of bilingual materials to address questions about transfer processes and levels of representation involved in implicit and explicit memory. Recent projects, funded by the NSF and NICHD, have examined the impact of language proficiency and bilingual experience on basic memory processes and the role of comprehension exposures in the improvement of spoken word production skill.
Wendy completed her PhD in psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996 and postdoctoral training at Stanford University from 1997-1999. She has held a faculty position at the University of Texas at El Paso since 1999 and is now a professor of psychology.
Department of Psychology
University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University Ave.
El Paso, TX 79968