Faculty and Staff

Jacqueline Towson, PhD, CCC-SLP is an assistant professor and serves as the director of the CSD master’s program, as well as the associate director for the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida. She holds a joint appointment in the School of Teacher Education. Her primary research focus is on building the capacity of individuals who work with young children with language impairments and those at-risk. Towson teaches courses focused in child language development and disorders, specifically for toddler and preschool children. She has presented at state, national and international conferences on classroom-based interventions for preschool children with significant language impairments and those considered at-risk. She is actively engaged in community-based research through partnerships with public, private and charter preschools in the Orlando area. Her work is funded through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the Central Florida Foundation. Towson is Co-PI of Project ASD, an interdisciplinary preparation grant through the Office of Special Education Programs. She received her Bachelor of Science in Audiology and Speech Pathology from Florida State University, followed by her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. She worked clinically for fourteen years as both a speech-language pathologist and early childhood special education teacher in local school districts, with extensive experience in child language assessment. Towson completed her doctoral degree in the Education of Students with Exceptionalities with a focus in Early Childhood Special Education at Georgia State University.

Credentials
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Education of Students with Exceptionalities, Georgia State University
  • CCC-SLP, Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists
Areas of Specialty
  • Language Disorders
  • Language Acquisition
  • Emergent Literacy
  • Preschool And School-Age Speech Language Pathology
  • Language And Literacy
Research Lab Affiliations
Research Grants
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Preparing Special Education Teachers and Speech-Language Practitioners in Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • PI: Eleazar Vasquez, Ph.D.
  • Co-PI: Jacqueline Towson
  • Amount: $250,000 | Timeframe: 01/01/2019 - 12/31/2023
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education
    Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Reading Beyond the Book: Implementing Dialogic Reading to Improve Language and Emergent Literacy Skills for Preschool Children with Significant Language Impairments

  • PI: Jacqueline Towson
  • Amount: $7,500 | Timeframe: 05/01/2016 - 04/30/2018
    Funding Type: Internal
    Funding Agency: UCF Office of Research and Commercialization
  • Researcher Spotlight: Jacqueline Towson Advances Early Literacy for Children Through Evidence-Based Practice Research
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | November 16, 2021
    For nearly 15 years before coming to UCF, Jacqueline Towson served in the Georgia and Texas public school systems as a speech-language pathologist and an early childhood special education teacher; and later, as an administrator of those programs. As rewarding...
  • CSD Faculty, Students and Alumni Present at Annual ASHA Convention in Washington, D.C.
    Written By: Drexler B. James'13 | November 4, 2021
    Faculty, students and alumni from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders will participate in this year’s ASHA Convention, both in-person and virtually, from Nov. 18-20 in Washington, D.C. Experts from around the country will share research,...
  • Research Roundup: Recent Publications By CHPS Faculty Spring 2021
    Written By: David Janosik | July 15, 2021
    Our faculty pursue big ideas and share what they learn by publishing their research to advance scientific discovery. As part of an institution designated as “very high” research activity by...
  • Eight CSD Graduates Earn Specialized Certificates Thanks to Federally Funded Programs
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | June 1, 2021
    Thanks to CSD faculty for successfully submitting grant proposals, funding from the US Department of Education supported eight graduates from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders toward their master’s degree,...
  • Three Faculty Members Receive Research Incentive Award
    Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | April 14, 2021
    Congratulations to the three CHPS faculty members who received the 2021 UCF Research Incentive Award. This year’s winners from the College of Health Professions and Sciences are: Jacqueline Towson, from...
  • CSD Program Helps Young Mothers Instill Early Language Skills in Their Children
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | February 11, 2021
    For the past four years, graduate clinicians in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders have been hosting playgroups that are not only fun for the babies, but also help...
  • Research Roundup: Recent Publications By CHPS Faculty Fall 2020
    Written By: Megan Pabian | January 14, 2021
    Our faculty pursue big ideas and share what they learn by publishing their research to advance the profession. As part of an institution designated as “very high” research activity by...
  • Research Roundup: Recent Publications By CHPS Faculty Spring 2020
    Written By: David Janosik | June 28, 2020
    Our faculty pursue big ideas and share what they learn by publishing their research to advance the profession. As part of an institution designated as “very high” research activity by...
  • Research Roundup: Recent Publications By CHPS Faculty Fall 2020
    Written By: David Janosik | January 30, 2020
    Our faculty pursue big ideas and share what they learn by publishing their research to advance the profession. As part of an institution designated as “very high” research activity by...
  • UCF Student to Receive $5000 Scholarship at National Convention
    Written By: Karen Guin | November 14, 2018
    Diana Abarca UCF graduate student Diana Abarca is one of three students nationwide selected to receive a $5,000 Minority Student Scholarship at the 2018 American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association convention Nov. 15-17 in...
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