Ligia Gomez Franco
Ligia Gomez Franco
Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology


Room:TC 537

Department: Department of Educational Psychology

About Ligia Gómez Franco

Ligia Gómez Franco is a Developmental and Educational Psychologist. Her research interests include language development of monolingual and bilingual children who come from diverse cultural contexts. Dr. Gómez is particularly interested in the role parents, teachers, and technology have in fostering vocabulary learning and reading comprehension.

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Ball State University. Fall 2020-Present.

Honors Faculty, Barrett The Honors College, Arizona State University. 2019-2020

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centro de Investigación en Educación y Desarrollo, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Chile. 2018-2019


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology

Boston College

Master of Arts in Developmental and Educational Psychology

Boston College

Master of Education in International Teaching

Framingham State College

Bachelor of Humanities in Educational Psychology

Bolivian Catholic University, San Pablo

Research and Publications

Sample publications

Zhila Aghajari, Deniz Sonmez Unal, Mesut Erhan Unal, Ligia E. Gómez & Erin Walker (2020). "Decomposition of Response Time to Give Better Predictions of Children's Reading Comprehension" In: Proceedings of The 13th International Conference on Educational Data Mining (EDM 2020), Anna N. Rafferty, Jacob Whitehill, Violetta Cavalli-Sforza, and Cristobal Romero (eds.) pp. 334 - 341.

Gómez, L.E., Vasilyeva, M., & Dulaney, A. (2017). Teachers’ Read-aloud Practices as Predictors of Children’s Vocabulary: The Case of Chilean Preschools. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. 52, 149–158.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Dissertation Prepara 701 LG 0000 - 0000
Development Secondar 251 002 1100 - 1215 T R TC, room 614
Development Secondar 251 003 1230 - 1345 T R TC, room 614
Research Paper 697 LG1 0000 - 0000