Judith F. Kroll

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Judith F. Kroll
OccupationProfessor of Psychology, Linguistics, and Women's Studies
Spouse(s)David A. Rosenbaum
Academic background
Alma materNew York University; Brandeis University
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Riverside; Pennsylvania State University

Judith F. Kroll is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Linguistics, and Women's Studies at University of California, Riverside. She specializes in psycholinguistics, focusing on second language acquisition and bilingual language processing.[1] With Randi Martin and Suparna Rajaram, Kroll co-founded the organization Women in Cognitive Science in 2001.[2] She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychonomic Society, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).[3]


Judith Kroll received an A.B. (1970) in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics from New York University.[3] She completed an M.A. (1972) and PhD (1977) in Cognitive Psychology at Brandeis University, supervised by Maurice Hershenson.[4] Kroll held faculty positions at Swarthmore College (1977-1978), Rutgers University (1978-1981) and Mount Holyoke College (1981-1994), prior to moving to Pennsylvania State University (1994-2016), where she directed the Center for Language Science. Kroll moved her lab to University of California, Riverside (UCR) in 2016.[5] With colleagues from UCR and Penn State, she is Co-Principal Investigator of a Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) grant to provide training for language scientists to pursue research on bilingualism. [6] Kroll is married to David A. Rosenbaum, also a Professor of Psychology at UCR.[7]


Kroll's research program examines the cognitive processes underlying bilingualism. Her research has been supported by The National Science Foundation (NSF) and The National Institutes of Health (NIH).[8] With Annette de Groot, she co-edited the Handbook of Bilingualism: Psycholinguistic Approaches.[9][10] In 2013, Kroll was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to conduct research exploring how learning a second language and becoming a bilingual person impacts processing of one's native language. [11]

One of Kroll's research foci has to do with language selection in bilingual speech. She discovered that when one language is spoken both languages are active.[12]

Representation Publications[edit]

  • Kroll, J. F., & Bialystok, E. (2013). Understanding the consequences of bilingualism for language processing and cognition. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25(5), 497-514.
  • Kroll, J. F., Bobb, S. C., & Wodniecka, Z. (2006). Language selectivity is the exception, not the rule: Arguments against a fixed locus of language selection in bilingual speech. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 9(2), 119-135.
  • Kroll, J. F., Michael, E., Tokowicz, N., & Dufour, R. (2002). The development of lexical fluency in a second language. Second l:nguage Research, 18(2), 137-171.
  • Kroll, J. F., & Potter, M. C. (1984). Recognizing words, pictures, and concepts: A comparison of lexical, object, and reality decisions. Journal of Memory and Language, 23(1), 39-66.
  • Kroll, J. F., & Stewart, E. (1994). Category interference in translation and picture naming: Evidence for asymmetric connections between bilingual memory representations. Journal of Memory and Language, 33(2), 149-174.


  1. ^ "Lab Members - The Purple Lab". Archived from the original on 9 July 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
  2. ^ "People | Women in Cognitive Science". womenincogsci.org. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  3. ^ a b "Judith F. Kroll — The Center for Language Science". cls.psu.edu. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  4. ^ "Neurotree - Judith F. Kroll Family Tree". neurotree.org. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  5. ^ "Judith F. Kroll". Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab. 2015-09-16. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  6. ^ "NSF Award Search: Award#1545900 - PIRE: Translating cognitive and brain science in the laboratory and field to language learning environments". www.nsf.gov. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  7. ^ "Married Penn State Guggenheim Fellows a rarity | Penn State University". Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  8. ^ "Grantome: Search". Grantome. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  9. ^ Kroll, Judith F., de Groot, Annette M. B. (2005). Handbook of bilingualism : psycholinguistic approaches. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195151770. OCLC 54988961.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ Cook, Vivian (2008). "Review of Handbook of Bilingualism: Psycholinguistic Approaches". Language. 84 (1): 196–199. JSTOR 40071023.
  11. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation | Judith F. Kroll". www.gf.org. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  12. ^ Kroll, J. F.; Bobb, S. C.; Misra, M.; Guo, T. (2008-07-01). "Language selection in bilingual speech: Evidence for inhibitory processes". Acta Psychologica. 128 (3): 416–430. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2008.02.001. ISSN 0001-6918. PMC 2585366. PMID 18358449.

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