The Lavi Institute was founded by Dr. Adriana Lavi with purpose to advance research in various aspects of language development across lifespan. The Lavi Institute conducts research in development of reliable and valid standardized and informal assessment tools to address the needs of children and adults with language impairments. Our organization also provides professional (CEU) trainings for speech-language pathologists.

Over the past 8 years, our organization has grown to a team of 22 licensed and certified speech-language pathologists conducting research and professional training, primarily in the area of social language development.

About Adriana Lavi, PhD, CCC-SLP

Adriana Lavi, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a practicing licensed school-based speech-language pathologist with more than 15 years of experience working with children and young adults who present with a variety of communication disorders. She currently supervises twenty-four speech-language pathologists and Clinical Fellows in three school districts in Southern California.

Dr. Lavi has also served as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communicative Disorders at Loma Linda University, and recently, she founded the Lavi Institute for Research and Professional Development. Her primary research interests focus in the areas of pragmatics, as well as the assessment and treatment of culturally and linguistically diverse students with communication disorders. She earned a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from California State University at Sacramento and a Ph.D. degree in Rehabilitation Sciences with an emphasis in speech-language pathology from Loma Linda University. Dr. Lavi was one of three students selected by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State from the country of Moldova to study in the US in 2000.

She has lived through and understands the culture of poverty. Her professional career has always focused on service delivery for students from low-income backgrounds. She is also a mother of three young, highly energetic little boys, ages 4, 3, and 2 years.