Philip Curtis is a PhD student in the Early Intervention Research Group and is also pursuing clinical certification as a speech pathologist. After studying linguistics and psychology during his undergraduate work at Northwestern (BA, 2009), Philip worked in a research lab that investigated early mental health in preschoolers. This experience working with young children and their families convinced Philip of two things: children can use language to help regulate their emotions and behavior, and parents play a crucial role in teaching their children how to do this. In the Early Intervention Research Group, Philip is continuing to explore how children’s language abilities relate to their behavior, as well as exploring new ways to assess language in difficult-to-test children. He hopes to develop an intervention tailored to children with language delays who also have problems with their behavior or emotions.
Favorite children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Favorite childhood toy: tractors
Favorite childhood snack: cheese curds