Kathryn Lindholm-Leary received her Ph.D. at UCLA, where she worked at the Spanish Speaking Mental Health Research Center and the Center for Language Education and Research.  She is currently Professor Emerita of Child and Adolescent Development at San Jose State University, where she taught for 28 years. At San Jose State, Kathryn received a Teacher-Scholar award, was a finalist for the President’s Scholar award, and has received a variety of other awards for her teaching, service, and research.  Her research interests focus on understanding the cognitive, language, psychosocial, and societal factors that influence student achievement, with a particular emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse students. More recently, she worked with the National Academy of Sciences in their report on the development of English/Dual language learners, and her research was cited by the U.S. Department of Education in the Federal Register.  

Dr. Lindholm-Leary has worked with two-way immersion and other bilingual programs for the past 30 years and during that time has evaluated over 50 programs and helped to establish programs in over 60 school districts in 12 states. Dr. Lindholm-Leary has consulted with various state departments of education, the US Department of Education, and other professional organizations and community agencies.  She has authored or co-authored four books and many chapters and journal articles on the topics of dual language education and child bilingualism, and has presented her findings at over 125 local, state, national and international conferences.