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Dr. Xi Chen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at OISE/University of Toronto. Her research focuses on bilingual and ELL (English Language Learner) children’s language and literacy development. She is interested in how children develop literacy skills simultaneously in their first language and second language, and whether these skills transfer between the two languages. Recently her research has explored how to identify bilingual children at-risk for reading difficulties in order to provide them with timely interventions. She’s also started to study Syrian refugee children. This line of research will look at their language and literacy development in English and Arabic, as well as their mental health.