Barlow is a linguist who has spent much of her career conducting research on child language acquisition and disorders. Currently, Barlow focuses on sustainability, with a particular emphasis on sustainable cities through community engagement. Within the Center for Regional Sustainability, Barlow founded and directs the Sage Project, which engages in large-scale partnerships with local governmental and community-based organizations in the Southern California-Baja California region via replication of the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) Model. She is a founding board member of the EPIC Network, an international 501c3 that unites the capacity of universities with local governments and communities to equitably improve quality of life and social wealth for all. Barlow has received funding to support her work through the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, and numerous local community-based organizations.
- PhD, Linguistics, Indiana University, 1997
- City-university partnerships
- Sustainable cities
- Community engagement
- Language and sustainability
- Language acquisition and bilingualism
- Management of speech-language disorders