• Ph.D. 2018 – New York University, Developmental Psychology
  • B.A. 2009 – Bucknell University, Psychology and Spanish

Areas of Expertise

  • Child Development
  • Language Development
  • Dual-Language Learners


Emily Halpin is a clinical assistant professor in the HDFS program. She earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from New York University, during which time she also worked at a Spanish-English bilingual Head Start center in Manhattan. In addition to teaching, Dr. Halpin also helps manage the internship placement of HDFS students in educational, health, research, and social services organizations.


Emily Halpin’s research focuses on the dual-language development of Latino preschoolers. She has worked on numerous projects about Latino children’s dual-language skills and development, including their code-switching practices, narrative skills and development, language attitudes towards Spanish and English, and family language practices. Her dissertation used latent profile analysis to explore the variability in the Spanish and English skills of Latino dual-language preschoolers, as well as how their language skill profiles were related to home and classroom factors and to school readiness skills. This research was funded by a federal grant from the Administration for Children and Families, which supported primary data collection in three different Head Start programs at three different time points.