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About Kathryn J. Lindholm-Leary

Kathryn Lindholm-Leary is professor emerita of Child and Adolescent Development at San Jose State University, where she has taught for 25 years. At San Jose State, Dr. Lindholm-Leary received a Teacher-Scholar award, was a finalist for the President's Scholar award, and was a San Jose State nominee for the prestigious Wang Family Excellence award. Dr. Lindholm-Leary has worked with dual language education programs for the past 30 years and during that time has evaluated over 50 programs and helped to establish programs in over 75 school districts in 12 states. Dr. Lindholm-Leary regularly consults with various state departments of education, the US Department of Education, and other professional organizations and community agencies. Dr. Lindholm-Leary has presented her findings on dual language education programs at many local, state, national and international meetings. Her findings appear in newspapers, professional newsletters, professional journal articles, and book chapters. She has authored or co-authored three books and many chapters and articles in child bilingualism, dual language education, and family engagement.


2011 - Present Professor Emerita, San Jose State University Emeritus Faculty
2011 - Present Professor Emerita, Child & Adolescent Development, San Jose State University

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 Consultant, Center for Applied Linguistics
2018 Editorial Consultant, Child Development
2017 Consultant, American Councils Research Center
2017 Advisory Committee, National Dual Language Forum
2017 Proposal Reviewer, Standing Committee on Language Education and Research, Education University of Hong Kong
Member, American Educational Research Association
Member, Association for Two Way and Dual Language Education
Member, California Association for Bilingual Education
Member, Society for Research in Child Development
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Honors and Awards

  • Research cited in Federal Register, June 28, 2017
  • Career Research Award, Two-Way CABE, 2016
  • Career Research Award, Association for Two Way and Dual Language Education, 2011
  • San Jose State University Foundation Profile of Research 2010
  • Promoting Bilingualism Award, Two-Way CABE, 2005
  • Faculty Initiatives to Support Student Success award, 2007
  • Teacher-Scholar, San Jose State University, 2002
  • Wang Family Excellence Award Semi-Finalist for San Jose State University, 2000
  • President’s Scholar Award Nomination, 2000, 2005
  • Award of Merit for Distinguished Faculty Mentor, San Jose State University, 1999
  • Outstanding Contributions in Research, California Association for Bilingual Education, 1998
  • Outstanding Professor of the Year nomination, San Jose State University, 1998
  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, SJSU Chapter
  • Society of the Sigma Xi, Full Member, UCLA Chapter
  • Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award, California State University, 1989, 1996, 2009
  • Sabbatical Competition, Fall 1996, Spring 2005
  • California State University Faculty Merit, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000


  • Seminar in Child Development Research (Graduate)
  • Senior Seminar in Child Development (Undergraduate)
  • Recent Developments in Second/Foreign Language Education (Graduate)
  • Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners and their Families – Developed course
  • Schools and Society/Sociological Foundations (Integrated BA/Credential Program)
  • Diverse Children and Family in Schools – Developed course Integrates Mainstreaming and English Language Learning Requirements (Integrated BA/Credential Program)
  • Teaching and Learning in the Classroom/Educational Psychology – Developed course
  • Language Development and Education (Graduate)
  • Developmental Psychology (Graduate and Undergraduate Levels)
  • Development of Self in a Culturally Diverse Society (Undergraduate) – Developed course
  • Development of Human Potential [Lifespan] (Undergraduate)
  • Development of Communicative Competence (Undergraduate) – Developed course
  • Multicultural Issues in Child Development (Graduate) – Developed course
  • Childhood and Adolescence in a Multicultural Society (Undergraduate) -- Developed course
  • Child Bilingualism (Graduate)


1978 - 1981 PhD, University of California, Los Angeles ‐ Psychology
1976 - 1977 M.A., University of California, Los Angeles ‐ Psychology
1972 - 1976 B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara ‐ Psychology

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Articles (14)

Books (8)

Contributions to Books (28)