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Allyssa McCabe

Allyssa McCabe
Allyssa McCabeProfessor, Coordinator for Ph.D. program in Applied Psychology and Prevention Science (APPS)
  • CollegeCollege of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • DepartmentPsychology
  • Phone(978) 934-3968
  • EmailAllyssa_McCabe@uml.edu

Research Interests

narrative development, language acquisition, oral language and literacy, cultural differences in narration

McAdam's life story interview with immigrant teenagers, Chinese language narration, Haitian narration

Education

  • Ph D: Psychology, (1980), University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
  • MA: Psychology, (1977), University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
  • Other: Psychology, English, (1974), Oberlin College - Oberlin, OH

Awards and Honors

  • Chair of Strategic Planning Committee (2009) - Strategic Planning Committee
  • Editor's Award from Contemporary Issues for the article: "Assessing the Narratives of African American Children." (2009) - Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, San Francisco, CA
  • Elected to Board of Acre Family Day Care (2006) - Acre Family Day Care
  • Elected to Council of PEN New England (2002) - PEN New England

Publications

  • Pesco, D., Crago, M.B., McCabe, A. () "Context and Structure: Some North American Indian and Aboriginal Traditions,"
  • McCabe, A., Dinh, K.T. (2016) "Agency and Communion, Ineffectiveness and Alienation: Themes in the Life Stories of Latino and Southeast Asian Adolescents," Imagination, Cognition and Personality 36: pp. 150-171. doi: 10.1177/0276236616648648
  • McCabe, A., Hillier, A.J., DaSilva, C., Queenan, A., Tauras, M. (2016) "Parental Mediation in the Improvement of Narrative Skills of High-Functioning Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder," Communication Disorders Quarterly pp. 1525740116669114
  • Champion, T.B., McCabe, A. (2015) "Narrative Structures of African American Children : Commonalities and Differences Part IV Child Language Acquisition and Development, Chapter 26," Oxford University Press
  • Champion, Tempii B., McCabe, Allyssa, Cuneo, C. Nicholas, ., ,Bruny, Jessica,, . (2015) "Performative Features in Adults’ Haitian Creole Narratives," Imagination, cognition, and personality. 34:4 pp. 378-397
  • McCabe, A. (2015) "The Language of Life and Death: The Transformation of Experience in Oral Narrative.(Report)(Book review)," Journal of Sociolinguistics 19:2
  • Sladkova, J., McCabe, A., Cano, I., Cole, D. (2014) ""I don’t like speaking Spanish:" delayed narration in children of Latino immigrants," Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice 5:2
  • Barra, G., McCabe, A. (2013) "Oral narrative skills of Chilean preschool children.," Imagination, Cognition and Personality 32:4 pp. 367 - 391
  • Staikova, E., Gomes, H., Tartter, V., McCabe, A., Halperin, J.M. (2013) "Pragmatic deficits and social impairment in children with ADHD.," Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 54:12 pp. 1275 - 1283
  • McCabe, A., Hillier, A.J., Shapiro, C. (2012) "Brief Report: Structure of Personal Narratives of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder," Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders pp. 1-6
  • Bliss, L.S., McCabe, A. (2012) "Personal Narratives: Assessment and Intervention," Perspectives on Language Learning and Education 19:4 pp. 130-138
  • McCabe, A., Peterson, C. (2011) "Predictors of Adult Narrative Elaboration: Emotion, Attachment, and Gender," Imagination, Cognition and Personality 31:4 pp. 327-344
  • McCabe, A., Champion, T.B. (2010) "A Matter of Vocabulary II: Low-Income African American Children's Performance on the Expressive Vocabulary Test," Communication Disorders Quarterly 31:3 pp. 162-169
  • Champion, T.B., Rosa-Lugo, L.I., Rivers, K.O., McCabe, A. (2010) "A Preliminary Investigation of Second-and Fourth-Grade African American Students' Performance on the Gray Oral Reading Test," Topics in Language Disorders 30:2 pp. 145
  • McCabe, A., Boccia, J., Bennett, M.B., Lyman, N., Hagen, R. (2009) "Improving oral language and literacy skills in preschool children from disadvantaged backgrounds: Remembering, writing, reading (RWR)," Imagination, Cognition and Personality 29:4 pp. 363-390
  • McCabe, A., Bliss, L., Barra, G., Bennett, M. (2008) "Comparison of personal versus fictional narratives of children with language impairment," American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 17:2 pp. 194
  • Bliss, L.S., McCabe, A. (2008) "Patterns of Discourse Coherence: Variations in Genre Performance in Children with Language Impairment," Imagination, Cognition and Personality 28:2 pp. 137-154
  • Bliss, L.S., McCabe, A. (2008) "Personal narratives: Cultural differences and clinical implications," Topics in Language Disorders 28:2 pp. 162-177
  • McCabe, A., Bailey, A.L., Melzi, G. (2008) "Spanish-language narration and literacy: Culture, cognition, and emotion,"
  • Caspe, M., Melzi, G., McCabe, A., Bailey, A., Melzi, G. (2008) "Spanish-speaking Latin American mother-child narrative discourse," Spanish-language narration and literacy: Culture, cognition, and emotion pp. 6-33
  • Ely, R., Abrahams, R., MacGibbon, A., McCabe, A. (2007) "I beat them all up: Self-representation in young children's personal narratives," Selves and identities in narratives and discourse, Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company pp. 159-180
  • Dickinson, D.K., McCabe, A., Essex, M.J. (2006) "A window of opportunity we must open to all: The case for preschool with high-quality support for language and literacy," Handbook of early literacy research 2: pp. 11-28
  • McCabe, A., Peterson, C., Connors, D.M. (2006) "Attachment security and narrative elaboration," International Journal of Behavioral Development 30:5 pp. 398-409
  • Bliss, L.S., McCabe, A. (2006) "Comparison of discourse genres: Clinical implications," Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders 33:2 pp. 126-137
  • McCabe, A., Bliss, L.S. (2006) "Struggling to make sense: Patterns of impairment in adult narrative discourse," Imagination, Cognition and Personality 25:4 pp. 321-336
  • McCabe, A., Bliss, L.S. (2005) "Narratives from Spanish-speaking children with impaired and typical language development," Imagination, Cognition and Personality 24:4 pp. 331-346
  • Dickinson, D.K., McCabe, A., Clark Chiarelli, N., Wolf, A. (2004) "Cross-language transfer of phonological awareness in low-income Spanish and English bilingual preschool children," Applied Psycholinguistics 25:03 pp. 323-347
  • Peterson, C., McCabe, A. (2004) "Echoing Our Parents: Parental Influences on Children's Narration.,"
  • Dickinson, D.K., McCabe, A., Clark-Chiarelli, N., Stone, C.A., Silliman, E.R., Ehren, B.J., Apel, K. (2004) "Preschool-based prevention of reading disability: Realities vs. possibilities," Handbook of language and literacy: Development and disorders pp. 209-227
  • Champion, T.B., Hyter, Y.D., McCabe, A., Bland-Stewart, L.M. (2003) "A Matter of Vocabulary Performances of Low-Income African American Head Start Children on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test III," Communication Disorders Quarterly 24:3 pp. 121-127
  • Dickinson, D.K., McCabe, A., Anastasopoulos, L. (2003) "A Quick Tour of Prior Research on Book Reading," On Reading Books to Children: Parents and Teachers pp. 91
  • McCabe, A., Bliss, L.S. (2003) "Patterns of narrative discourse: A multicultural, life span approach,"
  • Dickinson, D.K., McCabe, A., Sprague, K. (2003) "Teacher Rating of Oral Language and Literacy (TROLL): Individualizing early literacy instruction with a standards-based rating tool," The Reading Teacher pp. 554-564
  • Dickinson, D.K., McCabe, A., Anastasopoulos, L., Peisner-Feinberg, E.S., Poe, M.D. (2003) "The comprehensive language approach to early literacy: The interrelationships among vocabulary, phonological sensitivity, and print knowledge among preschool-aged children.," Journal of educational psychology 95:3 pp. 465
  • Dickinson, D.K., McCabe, A., Anastasopoulos, L. (2002) "A framework for examining book reading in early childhood classrooms,"
  • Mainess, K.J., Champion, T.B., McCabe, A. (2002) "Telling the Unknown Story Complex and Explicit Narration by African American Preadolescents Preliminary Examination of Gender and Socioeconomic Issues," Linguistics and Education 13:2 pp. 151-173
  • CHAMPION, T., McCabe, A., COLINET, Y. (2002) "The whole world could hear: The structure of Haitian-American children's narratives," Imagination, Cognition and Personality 22:4 pp. 381-400
  • Dickinson, D.K., McCabe, A. (2001) "Bringing it all together: The multiple origins, skills, and environmental supports of early literacy," Learning Disabilities Research and Practice 16:4 pp. 186-202
  • Ely, R., MacGibbon, A., McCabe, A. (2000) "" She Don't Care": Negatives in Children's Narratives.," Merrill-Palmer Quarterly 46:3 pp. 465-490
  • Bliss, L.S., Covington, Z., McCabe, A. (1999) "Assessing the narratives of African American children," Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders 26: pp. 160-167
  • Peterson, C., Jesso, B., McCabe, A. (1999) "Encouraging narratives in preschoolers: An intervention study," Journal of child language 26:1 pp. 49-67
  • Ely, R., Melzi, G., Hadge, L., McCabe, A. (1998) "Being brave, being nice: Themes of agency and communion in children's narratives," Journal of personality 66:2 pp. 257-284
  • Miranda, A.E., McCabe, A., Bliss, L.S. (1998) "Jumping around and leaving things out: A profile of the narrative abilities of children with specific language impairment," Applied Psycholinguistics 19: pp. 647-668
  • Bliss, L.S., McCabe, A., Miranda, A.E. (1998) "Narrative assessment profile: Discourse analysis for school-age children," Journal of communication disorders 31:4 pp. 347-363
  • McCabe, A. (1998) "Sentences combined: text and discourse," Psycholinguistics pp. 275-308
  • McCabe, A. (1997) "Cultural background and storytelling: A review and implications for schooling," The Elementary School Journal pp. 453-473
  • McCabe, A., Peterson, C. (1997) "Development of Semantic and Pragmatic Usage of Connectives: An Overview," Processing Interclausal Relationships: Studies in the Production and Comprehension of Text pp. 139
  • McCabe, A. (1997) "Developmental and cross-cultural aspects of children s narration," Narrative development: Six approaches pp. 137-174
  • McCabe, A., Mandell, C. (1997) "Introduction: The many meanings of meaning," Advances in Psychology 122: pp. 1-13
  • McCabe, A., Peterson, C. (1997) "Meaningful mistakes : The systematicity of children s connectives in narrative discourse and the social origins of this usage about the past," Processing interclausal relationships: Studies in the production and comprehension of text pp. 139-154
  • McCabe, A. (1997) "Michael Bamberg 4 Developmental and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Children's Narration,"
  • McCabe, A. (1997) "Narrative threads of metaphor," Advances in Psychology 122: pp. 347-375
  • Mandell, C., McCabe, A. (1997) "The problem of meaning: Behavioral and cognitive perspectives.," North-Holland/Elsevier Science Publishers 122:
  • Ely, R., Gleason, J.B., McCabe, A. (1996) "" Why Didn't You Talk to Your Mommy, Honey?": Parents' and Children's Talk About Talk," Research on Language and Social Interaction 29:1 pp. 7-25
  • McCabe, A. (1996) "Chameleon readers: Teaching children to appreciate all kinds of good stories,"
  • Minami, M., McCabe, A. (1996) "Compressed collections of experiences," Chameleon readers: Some problems cultural differences in narrative structure pose for multicultural literacy programs pp. 72-97
  • McCabe, A., Rollins, P.R. (1996) "Evaluating narrative discourse skills," Assessment of communication and language 6: pp. 121-141
  • Ely, R., McCabe, A. (1996) "Gender differences in memories for speech," International Yearbook of Oral History and Life Stories 4: pp. 17-30
  • Biddle, K.R., McCabe, A., Bliss, L.S. (1996) "Narrative skills following traumatic brain injury in children and adults," Journal of communication disorders 29:6 pp. 447-469
  • Peterson, C., McCabe, A. (1996) "Parental scaffolding of context in children s narratives," Children’s language 9: pp. 183-196
  • McCabe, A. (1996) "Relating events in narrative: a crosslinguistic developmental study," Journal of child language 23:03 pp. 715-723
  • Silva, M.J., McCabe, A. (1996) "Vignettes of the continuous and family ties: Some Latino American traditions," Chameleon readers: Teaching children to appreciate all kinds of good stories pp. 116-136
  • Ely, R., Gleason, J.B., Narasimhan, B., McCabe, A. (1995) "Family talk about talk: Mothers lead the way," Discourse Processes 19:2 pp. 201-218
  • Minami, M., McCabe, A. (1995) "Rice balls and bear hunts: Japanese and North American family narrative patterns," Journal of child language 22: pp. 423-423
  • Peterson, C., McCabe, A. (1994) "A social interactionist account of developing decontextualized narrative skill.," Developmental psychology 30:6 pp. 937
  • McCabe, A., Rollins, P.R. (1994) "Assessment of preschool narrative skills," American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 3:1 pp. 45
  • Ely, R., McCabe, A. (1994) "The language play of kindergarten children," First Language 14:40 pp. 19-35
  • Dickinson, D.K., McCabe, A. (1993) "Beyond two-handed reasoning: Commentary on Egan's work," Linguistics and Education 5:2 pp. 187-194
  • Ely, R., McCabe, A. (1993) "Remembered voices," Journal of child language 20: pp. 671-671
  • McAllister, H.A., Dale, R.H., Bregman, N.J., McCabe, A., Cotton, C.R. (1993) "When eyewitnesses are also earwitnesses: Effects on visual and voice identifications," Basic and applied social psychology 14:2 pp. 161-170
  • McCabe, A. (1992) "All Kinds of Good Stories.,"
  • Peterson, C., McCabe, A. (1992) "Parental styles of narrative elicitation: Effect on children's narrative structure and content," First Language 12:36 pp. 299-321
  • Peterson, C., McCabe, A. (1991) "Developing narrative structure," Developing narrative structure
  • Hudson, J.A., Shapiro, L.R., McCabe, A., Peterson, C. (1991) "Developing narrative structure," Developing narrative structure
  • Minami, M., McCabe, A. (1991) "Haiku as a discourse regulation device: A stanza analysis of Japanese children's personal narratives," Language in Society 20:4 pp. 577-599
  • Peterson, C., McCabe, A. (1991) "Linking children s connective use and narrative macrostructure," Developing narrative structure pp. 29-53
  • Peterson, C., McCabe, A. (1991) "On the threshold of the storyrealm: Semantic versus pragmatic use of connectives in narratives.," Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology; Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology
  • McCabe, A. (1991) "Preface: Structure as a way of understanding," Developing narrative structure pp. 9-17
  • Dickinson, D., McCabe, A. (1991) "The acquisition and development of language: A social interactionist account of language and literacy development.,"
  • McCabe, A., Capron, E., Peterson, C., McCabe, A. (1991) "The voice of experience: The recall of early childhood and adolescent memories by young adults," Developing narrative structure pp. 137-173
  • Smith, M.W., McCabe, A. (1990) "Socrates versus the Drill Sergeant: Dimensions of Variation in Preschool Teachers' Discourse.,"
  • McCabe, A., Peterson, C. (1990) "What makes a narrative memorable," Applied Psycholinguistics 11:01 pp. 73-82
  • McCabe, A., Peterson, C. (1988) "A comparison of adult's versus children's spontaneous use of because and so," The Journal of genetic psychology 149:2 pp. 257-268
  • McCabe, A. (1988) "Effect of different contexts on memory for metaphor," Metaphor and Symbol 3:2 pp. 105-132
  • McCabe, A., Lipscomb, T.J. (1988) "Sex differences in children's verbal aggression.," Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology; Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology
  • Peterson, C., McCabe, A. (1988) "The connective and as discourse glue," First Language 8:22 pp. 19-28
  • McCabe, A. (1987) "Children reading and writing: Structures and strategies. Judith A. Langer. Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1986. Pp. viii 193.," Applied Psycholinguistics 8:02 pp. 204-207
  • McCabe, A. (1987) "Language games to play with your child,"
  • Peterson, C., McCabe, A. (1987) "The connective and : Do older children use it less as they learn other connectives," Journal of child language 14:02 pp. 375-381
  • Peterson, C., McCabe, A. (1987) "The structure of and coordinations in children's narratives," Journal of psycholinguistic research 16:5 pp. 467-490
  • Peterson, C., McCabe, A. (1985) "A naturalistic study of the production of causal connectives by children," Journal of child language 12: pp. 145-159
  • Peterson, C., McCabe, A. (1985) "Understanding because : How important is the task?," Journal of psycholinguistic research 14:2 pp. 199-218
  • McCabe, A., Peterson, C. (1984) "What makes a good story," Journal of psycholinguistic research 13:6 pp. 457-480
  • McCabe, A. (1983) "Conceptual similarity and the quality of metaphor in isolated sentences versus extended contexts," Journal of psycholinguistic research 12:1 pp. 41-68
  • McCabe, A., Peterson, C. (1983) "Developing Comprehension vs. Production of" Because" and" So.".,"
  • Peterson, C., McCabe, A. (1983) "Developmental psycholinguistics: Three ways of looking at a child's narrative,"
  • Peterson, C., McCabe, A. (1983) "Three ways of looking at a child's narrative: A psycholinguistic analysis,"
  • McCabe, A. (1980) "," A rhetoric of metaphor: similarity, goodness, memory, and interpretation
  • McCabe, A. (1980) "Memory for Metaphor.,"
  • Menig-Peterson, C.L., McCabe, A. (1978) "Children's orientation of a listener to the context of their narratives.," Developmental psychology 14:6 pp. 582
  • McCabe, A. (1977) "," Metaphor--its Goodness Versus Similarity, and Its Relative Nature
  • Menig-Peterson, C., McCabe, A. (1977) "Children talk about death," OMEGA--Journal of Death and Dying 8:4 pp. 305-317

Presentations

  • narrative competency: Innovations in instruction. - American Educational Research Association, - New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • And the Snowman Melted: Narrative Discourse Profiles of Children with ADHD. - 40th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), 2012 - Montreal, Quebec.
  • Understanding and Improving the Development of Narrative in Children. - 9th Annual Literacy Conference: Digging Deeper into Literacy., 2012 - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
  • Bringing out the point of the story: Evaluative Devices in Narratives from Children with and Without Language Impairments. - Biennial EARLI meeting SIG 5 Learning and Development in Early Childhood, 2012 - Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Development of Personal Narration: The Linguistic Crossroads of Culture, Cognition, & Emotion. - International Conference NIL2012, Narrative, Intervention and Literacy: Development of oral narratives, intervention procedures and reading comprehension, 2012 - Paris, France.
  • Narrative development of young Chinese children with Specific Language Impairment aged 4-6. - International Converence NIL2012, Narrative, Intervention and Literacy: Development of oral narratives, intervention procedures and reading comprehension, 2012 - Paris, France.
  • New Insights, Future Directions. Discussion leaders. - SRCD Strategic Plan Conference on Infants' learning of multiple languages: Development in cultural context., 2011 - New York, NY.
  • Narrative production among children of the African Diaspora: Traditional and alternative analyses. - National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH), Short Course, 2009 - Atlanta, GA.
  • Improving language and literacy skills in preschool children from disadvantaged backgrounds: Remembering Writing, and Reading. - American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2008 - New York, NY.
  • Afro-Caribbean and Indigenous Costa Rican children's narratives and links with other traditions. - Invited Panel at Georgetown University Roundtable, 2008 - Washington, D.C.
  • Attachment security and narrative elaboration: Forensic implications. - XXX the International Congress on Law and Mental Health., 2007 - Padua, Italy.
  • Parental narrative input: A mechanism for straightening out the leap-frog? - American Psychological Society, 2005 - Los Angeles, California.
  • (Keynote speaker) Grasping the Whole Elephant: The Comprehensive Language Approach to Early Literacy and Developing narrative at school: Why, where, and how? - International Conferences on Narrative Inquiry at Teachers' colleges in Taipei, Tainan, and Taitung, Taiwan., 2004 - Charlottesville, Virginia
  • - Nell Dukes, George Graham Lecture in Reading, 2004 - Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Separation: The relationship of attachment security to narrative structure. - Social sources of narrative and literacy, organized by S. Srivastava at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, 2004 - Toronto, Canada.
  • From first spoken words to first printed words: Children's home and preschool experiences with narrative discourse. - Society for Research in Child Development, 2003 - Tampa, FL.
  • The whole world could hear: The structure of Haitian American children's narratives. - Transition to literacy through language, organized by E. Reese at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society,, 2003 - Chicago, IL.
  • Narrative Discourse: Optimal clinical choices. - Annual Convention of the American Speech- Hearing-Language Association, 2002 - Atlanta, GA.
  • Performance of African American Head Start Children on the PPVT III. - Annual Convention of the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, 2002 - Atlanta, GA.
  • Too many missed opportunities: Teacher-child verbal interaction in U.S. Head Start Classrooms. - Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders (SRCLD) and the International Congress for the Study of Child Language, 2002 - Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Methods but no stories: Multicultural children's discourse genre analyses. - Annual Convention of the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, 2001 - New Orleans, LA.
  • A framework for examining book use in preschool classrooms. - Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement annual session, 2001 - San Antonio, Texas.
  • Cultural competence in narration: We need chameleon readers in the 21st century. - Eleventh Core Knowledge National Conference, 2001 - Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Bilingual narratives of Hispanic children with and without language impairments. - Annual Convention of American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, 2000 - Washington, D.C.
  • Meeting early childhood standards for speaking and listening while appreciating cultural differences. - National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC'S) National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, 2000 - San Francisco, CA.
  • Effort after meaning: Parental influences on children's evaluations in narratives of past personal experiences. - Seventh International Pragmatics Conference, 2000 - Budapest, Hungary.
  • Narratives of School-Age Spanish-speaking children. - Annual Convention of the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, 1999 - San Francisco, CA.
  • We didn't get no ticket: Negatives in Children's Narratives. - Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, 1999 - Albuquerque, NM.
  • - George Graham Lectures in Reading, 1999 - Charlottesville, VA.
  • Encouraging Narration in Children. - International Association for the Study of Child Language, VIIIth International Congress, 1999 - Denostia-San Sabastian, Spain.
  • Translating narrative structure: The use of multiple methods and perspectives to arrive at cross-cultural understanding. - Research Conference on narrative analysis in a multicultural society, 1999 - Tampa, FL.
  • Children's personal narratives: A route to linguistic pluralism. - 48th annual meeting of the National Reading Conference, 1998 - Austin, TX.
  • Ways of analyzing narrative data: An introduction. - Radcliffe seminar on Narrative, Discourse, and the Presentation of Evidence in the Portfolio Process, 1998 - Cambridge, MA.
  • Narrative assessment profile: A multicultural lifespan approach. - Annual Convention of the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, 1997 - Boston, MA.
  • Children's personal narratives: A route to linguistic pluralism. - 46th annual meeting of the National Reading Conference, 1996 - Charleston, SC.
  • Narrative deficits of children and adults with T.B.I. - Annual Convention of the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, 1995 - Orlando, FL.
  • Narrative and Self. - Boston Area Cultural Psychology Conference, 1995 - Cambridge, MA.
  • Seminar in honor of James Deese. - 65th annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, 1994 - Providence, RI.
  • Parent support for children's narrative development. - American Educational Research Association, Language and Literacy Strand, 1994 - New Orleans, LA.
  • Jumping around and leaving things out: Assessing disordered narration. - Annual Convention of the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, 1994 - New Orleans, LA.
  • - Edmund Hardcastle Henderson Roundtable in Reading, University of Virginia, 1994 - Charlottesville, VA.
  • - Foundations of reading instruction: Narrative and literacy., 1994 - Charlottesville, VA.
  • Parent support for children's narrative development. - Language and Literacy Strand at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, 1994 - New Orleans, LA.
  • All kinds of good stories. - Psychology of Women Seminar Series, 1994 - Lowell, MA.
  • A bridge over separation: Parent-child narrative exchange during reunion episodes. - biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, 1993 - New Orleans, LA.
  • Creating learning communities: Family literacy., 1993 - Boston, MA.
  • All kinds of good stories. - Language and Literacy Seminar, 1993 - Cambridge, MA.
  • Symposium on Narrative. - New England Child Language Association (N.E.C.L.A.), 1993 - Boston, MA.
  • Symposium on Talk about Talk: Parent-Child Conversation as a Cradle for Metalinguistic and Pragmatic Development. - Sixth International Congress for the Study of Child Language, 1993 - Trieste, Italy.
  • Remembered voices. - Society for Research in Child Development, 1993 - New Orleans, LA.
  • Creating learning communities: Family literacy. - Teleconference with Educational Development Corporation, 1993 - Boston, MA.
  • What did you do in school today? - Medford Early Childhood Research Council, 1992 - Medford, MA.
  • Chameleon readers: What multicultural literacy programs might do with cultural differences in narrative structure. - Narrative and Literacy Development: A Focus on Cultural Differences, 1992 - San Antonio, Texas, Cambridge, MA.
  • "Getting your point across": Contrastive sequencing in low-income African-American and Latino Children's personal narratives. - 16th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, 1991 - Boston, Massachusetts, and at Harvard University
  • Rice balls versus bear hunts: Japanese and Caucasian family narrative patterns. - 16th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, 1991 - Boston, MA.
  • Assessment of preschool narrative skills: Prerequisite for literacy. - Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association,, 1991 - Atlanta, GA.
  • Socrates versus the drill sergeant: Dimensions of variation in preschool teachers' talk to children. - American Educational Research Association, 1990 - Boston, MA.
  • Plans, routines, and memories: Inspired telling - a response to Katherine Nelson. - New England Symposium on Narrative Studies in the Social Sciences, 1990 - Worcester, MA.
  • Strategies for developing narrative structure in a preschool setting. - Annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, 1989 - San Francisco, CA.
  • Effects of line-up modality on eyewitness/earwitness performance. - first annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, 1989 - Alexandria, VA.
  • What did you do in school today? Parental elicitation styles and children's narrative skill. - Spring Colloquium Series, 1989 - Cambridge, MA.
  • Sex differences in the interpretation of verbal aggression. - American Psychological Association, 1986 - Washington, D.C.
  • The function of sentential connectives in discourse. - American Psychological Association, 1985 - Los Angeles, CA.
  • Causal connectives in conversation: Use of "because" and "so" by children versus adults. - Society for Research in Child Development, 1985 - Toronto, Canada.
  • The development of sex differences in verbal aggression. - Society for Research in Child Development, 1985 - Toronto, Canada.
  • The perceptual qualities of metaphors in various contexts. - International Society of Ecological Psychology, 1983 - Long Island, NY.
  • Developing comprehension versus production of "because". - Society for Research in Child Development, 1983 - Detroit, MI
  • Memory for metaphor in the context of spontaneous speech. - American Psychological Association, 1981 - Los Angeles, CA.
  • Alternative structures in children's personal narratives. - Society for Research in Child Development, 1981 - Boston, MA.
  • Memory for metaphor. - Eastern Psychological Association, 1980 - Hartford, CT
  • Interpretation of figurative speech in prose context. - Southeastern Psychological Association, 1980 - Washington, D.C.
  • Structure of children's narratives. - Society for Research in Child Development, 1977 - New Orleans, LA.

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • "I want to talk about how the policemen took Daddy away in the middle of the night": How children of deported parents make sense of the deportation. (2011), Grant - Healey Grant
  • Exploring Identity and Family Relationships in Latino and Asian Adolescents and Young Adults through Personal Narratives and Life Stories. (2011), Grant - UMass President's Office, Creative Economy Initiatives Fund
  • Life Experiences of Southeast Asian Youth: Acculturation, Social Influences, and Well-Being. (2011), Grant - Research Scholarship, Creative Work Seed Grants
  • Boosting oral language skills prerequisite for literacy acquisition in preschool children from disadvantaged backgrounds. (2007), Grant - The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation
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  • Boosting Language and Literacy Skills in Preschool Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds: Theory into Practice (Year Two). (2006), Grant - CFCI
  • Boosting Language and Literacy Skills in Preschool Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds: Theory into Practice. (2005), Grant - CFCI
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  • Cambodian Storytelling (1997), Grant - Council on Diversity and Pluralism.
  • Take ALL Our Daughters To College Day (1995), Grant - Council on Diversity and Pluralism
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  • Take ALL Our Daughters To College Day (1995), Grant - Public Service Endowment Fund
    McCabe, A.
  • Latino Children's Narrative Style (1992), Grant - Harvard University Faculty Research Fund
  • Learning to tell narratives?Longitudinal and interactional investigations of skill acquisition in children. (1990), Grant - National Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Training preschool children in preliteracy skills. (1990), Grant - Department of Secretary of State of Canada
  • The development of narrative skill in young listeners. (1987), Grant - National Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Linguistic representation of causal & temporal relationships in the speech of both children and adults. (1984), Grant - National Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Causal Thinking of Conduct Disordered, Aggressive Children (1985), Grant - State of Louisiana
    McCabe, A.
  • Development of Sex Differences in Verbal Aggression (1985), Grant - State of Louisiana
    McCabe, A.
  • Linguistic representation of causal & temporal relationships in the speech of both children and adults. (1981), Grant - National Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada