Associate Professor Harvard Graduate School of Education
Gigi Luk's research on the cognitive and neural consequences of bilingualism extends across the lifespan. In addition to investigating the science of bilingualism, Luk has examined how to harness scientific findings on bilingualism to improve educational experience for children from diverse language backgrounds. In particular, she has established a research program investigating: (1) effective ways to measure bilingualism in schools; (2) how bilingualism and executive functions interact to influence language and literacy outcomes; and (3) relationship between academic outcomes, quality and quantity of bilingual experience.
Dr. Luk obtained her Ph. D. in Cognitive Psychology from York University in Toronto, Canada. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute at the Baycrest Center in Toronto. She joined the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2011.