Academic Appointments – University of Central Florida
Associate Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Tenured) (2001 – Present)
Secondary Appointment, College of Community Innovation and Education
Founder & Director, UCF Listening Center (January, 2013 – Present)
Assistant Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Tenure Earning) (1995 – 2001)
Courtesy Faculty Appointment, University of South Florida, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Tampa, Florida. August 7, 2015 – August 6, 2020.
- EdD, Doctor of Education
- CCC-SLP, Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists
She is the Principal Investigator of a USDOE/OSEP collaborative grant with USF and has been the PI and the Coordinator of two additional USDOE, OSEP Personnel Preparation Grants that prepares SLPs to provide services to English Learners with communication disorders, the latter in developing listening and spoken language in children with hearing loss who come from linguistically diverse homes.
Her research interests include language and literacy development in Hispanic youngsters who are deaf/hard of hearing, and first and second language acquisition in English learners.
Areas of Specialty
- Articulation/Phonological Disorders
- Aural Re(Habilitation)/Listening and Spoken Language
- Language and Literacy Disorders
- Professional Preparation Practices
- Second Language Acquisition
6474: Assessment and Management of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
This course focuses on the theoretical principles underlying the methods and application of prevention, assessment, and intervention for culturally and linguistically diverse children and adults. Specifically, the course will focus on the identification of characteristics/behaviors that differentiate communication differences from communication disorders in children and adults from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
6327: Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation
The primary goal of this course is to provide the students with a requisite foundation for auditory rehabilitation service provision to diverse clients across the life span and in the real world; Specifically, the emphasis will be on developing competent professionals with advanced knowledge and skills about the (a) impact of hearing loss on speech and language development; (b) management of hearing and hearing technology; (c) functional use of audition; (d) assessment and management of listening skills and spoken language; (e) evidenced based techniques and strategies available to develop communication development in children and adults with hearing losses, and, (f) the effects of and treatments for hearing impairment across the life span.
UCF Listening Center Finds Innovative Ways to Offer Services During COVID-19
With schools offering virtual learning and limiting visitors in classrooms due to the pandemic, the UCF Listening Center had to reinvent how to deliver listening and spoken language services to preschoolers in a deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) class at Lake Como Elementary located in the Orange County School District....
Research Roundup: Recent Publications By CHPS Faculty Spring 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...
UCF Addresses Critical Shortage of Speech-Language Pathologists in Public Schools
For more than 25 years, the Central Florida Speech-Language Consortium, a partnership between UCF and ten Central Florida school districts, has been working to improve access to speech-language pathology services for local children,...
PHOTOS: Celebrating Representation During Latinx Heritage Month
Inspired by the arts and multimedia, five Knights discuss their cultural pride and the importance of representation. In 1968, Hispanic Heritage Week launched a cultural celebration that would expand 20...
New Program Helps Students to Work With Children With Special Needs
The graduate certificate program will start this summer as a partnership between the College of Community Innovation and Education and the College of Health Professions and Sciences.
Rosa-Lugo Recognized for Excellence In Diversity
Linda Rosa-Lugo, CSD associate professor and associate dean of Faculty Excellence, Graduate, and Global Affairs for the UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences, has been recognized for her significant...
New Partnership Between UCF Listening Center and Orange County Public Schools Enhances Listening and Spoken Language for Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Language experts know that it is critical for children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) and their families to have access to listening and spoken language services at...
New Leadership Appointments for the College of Health Professions and Sciences
As one of his first official duties as founding Dean, Christopher I. Ingersoll announced key leadership appointments for the College of Health Professions and Sciences. “I want to thank all who...
CSD Students Join Camp We Sign for Adaptive Production of “Snow White”
Children from Camp We Sign, a Central Florida summer camp for children with hearing or language disorders, traveled through the Enchanted Forest with Snow White, Prince Charming and the Evil...
Alumna Named Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year for Orange County Public Schools
Amber (Suarez) Holsen ’14 MA was recently named Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year for Orange County Public Schools. Here is her story: I graduated from UCF with my bachelor’s and...