Faculty and Staff

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.

  • Ed.D.
  • ASHA Fellow

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.

Research Interests
  • 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.

  • Hearing Loss Common Across the Age Spectrum, From Infants to Seniors
    From newborns to adults, hearing loss affects Americans of all ages—but early intervention and treatment is routinely not occurring despite the potentially serious impact hearing loss can have on a...
  • Graduate Students Win UCF and College Awards for Outstanding Research, Teaching
    Michael La Monica ’18Ph.D. is the recipient of UCF’s 2018-19 award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Social Science, Humanities, Education, Business, Art and Health category. He completed his doctorate in...
  • Rosa-Lugo Honored for Developing Clinical Study Abroad Programs
    UCF Board of Trustees members and President Dale Whittaker recently honored Linda I. Rosa Lugo, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders, for her trailblazing work in developing clinical study...
  • UCF Student to Receive $5000 Scholarship at National Convention
    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...
  • Rosa-Lugo, Whiteside to Receive Honors at National Speech-Language-Hearing Convention
    Two members of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be formally honored this week at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Nov. 12-14 convention in Denver. Associate Lecturer Janet Whiteside, founder and director...