The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Julia L. Evans


Research Interests

The neurobiology of language and cognitive processing, implicit learning and memory in children with developmental language disorder (DLD)

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-3105
Office: CD_216
Campus Mail Code: CD10
Website: Child Language and Cognitive Processes Laboratory


Dr. Evans is one of the leading researchers in the area of implicit learning, and language and cognitive processing deficits in children with developmental language disorder. Her recent research focuses on time-course and cortical activity data from functional NIRS, fMRI, and anatomically constrained MEG studies. This research shows that children with DLD engage atypical language networks during language comprehension and working memory as compared to their typical peers. Dr. Evans earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado, her master’s at Columbia University and her PhD at the University of Michigan. She then completed post-doctoral work in the area of the neurobiology of language and cognitive psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Ahuflinger Sanclemente, N., Berglund-Barraza, A., Cruz-Santos, A., Ferinu, L., Andreu, L., Sanz-Torrent, M., Evans, J.L. (in press). Consistency of a Nonword Repetition Task to Discriminate children with and without Developmental Language Disorder in Catalan-Spanish and European Portuguese speaking children. Children.

Berglund-Barraza, A., Tian, F., Basak, C., Hart, J., & Evans, J. L. (2020). Tracking changes in frontal lobe hemodynamic response in individual adults with Developmental Language Disorder following HD tDCS enhanced phonological working memory training: An fNIRS feasibility study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14, 362.

Berglund-Barraza, A., Tian, F., Basak, C., Evans, J.L. (2019). Word Frequency is Associated with Cognitive Effort During Verbal Working Memory: A Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) Study. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 13, 433.

Evans, J.L., Gillam, R., & Montgomery, J., (2018). Cognitive Predictors of Spoken Word Recognition in Children with and without Developmental Language Disorders. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Science Research, 61,6, 1409-1425.

Brown, T. T., Erhart, M., Avesar, D., Dale, A. M., Halgren, E., & Evans, J. L. (2014). Atypical right hemisphere specialization for object representations in an adolescent with specific language impairment. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 8. PMID: 24592231

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