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Gabriela Puscama
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University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-7616

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. MA, Spanish, The Pennsylvania State University
  2. MA, Hispanic Studies, Louisiana State University

Research Interests:

Adult second language acquisition, lexicon, semantic networks, statistical learning, and how lab-based research can inform teaching practices.


Gabriela Puscama is native from Mendoza, Argentina. She received her BA from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (2013), her MA in Hispanic Studies from Louisiana State University (2016), and her MA in Spanish from The Pennsylvania State University (2019). Her professional experience includes administrative positions such as content supervisor for Spanish 2 and 3 at Penn State, and several teaching positions in undergraduate level courses of Linguistics, written comprehension, and foreign language teaching (Spanish and Italian). Her research experience includes translation, bilingualism, the comparison of L2 learners and heritage speakers, the bilingual lexicon, and acquisition of L2 vocabulary and phonology. She is also interested in the cognitive aspects of bilingual language processing and second language acquisition. She is currently a doctoral student in Spanish and Language Science and a Teaching Assistant at The Pennsylvania State University.


  • Puscama, M. G. & Carlson, M. T. (revising to resubmit). Acoustic correlates of diphthong/hiatus contrast in L2 Spanish Learners. Language & Speech.
  • Connell, K., Puscama, M. G., Pinzon-Coimbra, J., Rembalsky, J., Xu, G., Valdés Kroff, J., Bajo Molina, M. T., & Dussias, P. E. (2021). Phonologically cued lexical anticipation in L2 English: A visual world eye-tracking study. Proceedings of the 45th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD). (Eds. D. Dionne and L. A. Vidal Covas). Boston University, Boston, MA, 171-183.
  • Shport, I., Dorado, D., & Puscama, M. G. (2018). Lexical access in English-Spanish bilinguals: A comparison of heritage speakers and late learners. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 8(3), 372-392. doi:

Lab Affiliation

  • The Brain Tracking Lab
  • The MultiGrammar Lab