- Eye-tracking methodology in second language acquisition
- Cognitive processes in second language learning, including attention, awareness, and “noticing”, implicit and explicit learning/knowledge, and automatization
- Vocabulary processing, acquisition, and teaching
- Quantitative research methods
As a principal investigator, she has received grants from organizations including the National Science Foundation (NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, “Speech perception in bilingual and monolingual speakers under normal and adverse listening conditions”), Language Learning (“Measuring implicit and explicit L2 knowledge: Synthesizing 12 years of research”), the Humanities and Arts Research Program (“Recording eye movements in second language research: A methodological guide”), and the Flanders-based research foundation, Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (“Bridging the gap: Linking noticing and the implicit acquisition of grammatical subregularities in L2 German” with Alex Housen), and has published prolifically in international, peer-reviewed journals including Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Cognition and Emotion, Language Learning, Applied Psycholinguistics, and Studies in Second Language Acquisition, for which she currently serves as an editorial board member.