Isik Özge Öztürk received her PhD degree in Linguistics at the Linguistics and Cognitive Science Department of University of Delaware (Advisor: Prof. Anna Papafragou) on the acquisition of evidential markers in Turkish. Following that, she worked as a post doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands and at NYU with Prof. Athena Vouloumanos. Özge is currently appointed at Princeton University and at NYU and concurrently, she is completing her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is expected to receive her MS in August 2015 with her New York State bilingual extension certificate to the Teachers of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD).
Özge's graduate experience at Teachers College, Columbia University reinforced her interest in multilingual issues in speech pathology. In addition to taking classes in communication disorders in bilingual/bicultural population, she is also completing the requirements for the New York State Bilingual Speech Language Pathology Extension Certificate in English and German as part of her graduate program. In January 2015, she has participated in a seminar in Transcultural Speech Language Pathology Practices offered by Teachers College, Columbia University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In May 2015, she completed an externship as a graduate speech language pathologist in a school in Harlem, NYC where she provided speech and language services to many multilingual children. In Summer 2015 she completed a clinical externship at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center where she provided evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders including conducting and interpreting videofluoroscopic examinations as well as management of speech and language problems resulting from strokes, head injury, respiratory issues, and other medical complications.
In her current research Özge focuses on the appropriate identification of bilingual children with language disorders to improve our understanding of the dynamics of speech and language disorders in bilinguals.
As a professional, her ultimate goal is to be part of a research and teaching community that is committed to contribute to the advancement of the field by providing theoretical and methodological support to practitioners and the highest quality education to students.