Nancie Im-Bolter
Associate Professor

M.A., Ph.D. (York University)

Office: Oshawa 171
Phone: 905-435-5102 ext. 5033   




Research Interests:

My research focuses on language and cognition and involves a diverse population of children and adolescents, which includes both typical and atypical development (e.g., psychopathology, language, impairment, reading disability, ADHD, autism).   I am currently focused on: 1) the relation between language and numeracy in early childhood, 2) investigating the contribution of language to different aspects of social cognition, in particular theory of mind, in typical and atypical development, 3) the relation between language and reading, 4) measurement of executive function (i.e., inhibition, working memory, mental flexibility), and 5) higher order language skills in children and adolescents.  Although most of my research involves children my interest in the relationship between language and cognition is across the life span.  I also specialize in investigating and evaluating assessment techniques and tools for children, adolescents, and adults.  Areas of focus include psychological, emotional, social, and executive function skills.



PSYC 2500H-A FA Durham/OSH: Child Development

PSYC 3530H-A FA Durham/OSH: Atypical Development

PSYC 1030H-A WI Durham/OSH: Introduction to Psychology Part 2: Social and Personality Perspectives

PSYC 4570H-A WI Durham/OSH: Language Impairments


Selected Publications:

Im-Bolter, N., Johnson, J., Ling, D., & Pascual-Leone, J. (in press). Inhibition: Mental control process or

           mental resource?  Journal of Cognition and Development.


Im-Bolter, N., Cohen, N. J., & Farnia, F. (2013) I thought we were good: Social cognition, figurative

           language, and psychopathology, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(7), 724-732.


Cohen, N. J., Farnia, F., & Im-Bolter, N.  (2013). Higher order language competence and adolescent

           mental health, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(7), 733-744.


Im-Bolter, N., & Cohen, N. J. (2007). Language impairment and psychiatric co-morbidities. Pediatric

           Clinics of North America (Language, Communication, and Literacy: A Pediatric Primer on

           Pathologies and Treatment), 54(3), 525-542.


Im‑Bolter, N., Johnson, J., & Pascual‑Leone, J. (2006) Processing limitations in children with specific

           language impairment: The role of executive function. Child Development, 77, 1822‑1841.