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Northwestern School of Communication

Viorica Marian

Ralph and Jean Sundin Endowed Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Viorica Marian

Viorica Marian's research focuses on bilingualism/multilingualism and the brain's ability to accommodate multiple languages at the same time. She studies the relationship between language and memory, as well as how people process spoken and written language. Her research uses cognitive, behavioral, and neurological measures to study the human linguistic capacity.



  • PhD, Experimental Psychology, Cornell University
  • MA, Experimental Psychology, Cornell University
  • MA, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology, Emory University
  • BA, Psychology, University of Alaska

Representative Publications

Recent Awards and Honors

  • 2019, Editor’s Award for best paper from the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.
  • 2017-2018, Fellow, Public Voices Thought Leadership Program.
  • 2017, Student Faculty Interaction Grant, Northwestern University.
  • 2016, Affiliated Faculty Honoree, Department of Linguistics, Northwestern University.

Recent Grants and Funding

  • 2022-2027, Cognitive Architecture of Bilingual Language Processing. National Institute of Health, NICHD RO1 HD059858, P.I.
  • 2021-2023, Language Development in Bilingual Preschoolers: A Cross-Linguistic and Cross-Cultural Comparison.National Institutes of Health, 1R21 DC018349-01. P.I.
  • 2022-2024, Bilingualism and Bidialectalism. Delaney Family Foundation Research Grant. P.I.


  • CSD 309: Culture, Language, and Learning
  • CSD 464: Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • CSD 551: Topics in CSD: Bilingualism