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Lauren Bislick Wilson

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-4768
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Acquired Apraxia of Speech
  • Acquired Aphasia
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Treatment Development
  • Motor Learning Theory & Principles of Motor Learning

Giselle Carnaby

ASHA Fellow, Professor
  • Swallowing Disorders

Cecyle Carson

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-4797
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Voice disorders
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Speech disorders
  • Cleft palate

Janel Cosby

Audiologist, Lecturer
Phone: 407-882-0481
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Auditory Training
  • Cognitive Processing
  • Aural (Re)habilitation
  • Auditory Processing
  • Early Intervention
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Hearing Disorders Across the Lifespan
  • Aging

Michael Crary

ASHA Fellow, Professor
  • Swallowing Disorders

Joseph DiNapoli

Associate Instructor
Phone: 321-433-7856
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language disorders
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Speech disorders
  • Swallowing Disorders

Gillian Dreilinger

Associate Instructor
Phone: 407-882-0470
  • Accent Modification
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Central Auditory Processing
  • Cleft palate
  • Cultural and Linguistic Variables
  • Diagnostic/Clinical Processes
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language disorders
  • Linguistics/Psychololinguistics
  • Literacy
  • Speech Acquisition
  • Speech disorders
  • Supervision

Barbara Ehren

ASHA Fellow, Doctoral Program Director, Professor
Phone: 407-823-4793
  • Language disorders
  • Literacy
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Language Acquisition
  • Linguistics/Psychololinguistics
  • School Practice

Tom Ehren

Board Certified Specialist in Child Language and Language Disorders, Instructor
Phone: 407-882-0468
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Counseling
  • Diagnostic/Clinical Processes
  • Language disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Literacy
  • Orofacial Myfunctional Disorders
  • Speech disorders
  • Supervision

Todd R. Fix

Instructor, Internship Coordinator
Phone: 407-882-0484
  • Supervision
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Adult neurogenic/acquired motor-speech
  • Language disorders

Nancy Harrington

Assistive Technology Professional, FAAST Center/AAC Lab Research Grant Coordinator, Instructor
Phone: 407-882-0465
  • Language Acquisition
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Assistive Technology

Bari Hoffman Ruddy

ASHA Fellow, Professor
Phone: 407-823-4804
  • Voice disorders
  • Vocal health and Prevention
  • Upper Airway Disorders
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Respiratory Muscle Strength Training

Jane Hostetler

Associate Instructor
Phone: 407-882-0462
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Supervision

Jennifer Kent-Walsh

ASHA Fellow, FAAST Center Director, Professor
Phone: 407-823-4800
  • Language disorders
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Assistive Technology
  • Service-Learning / Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Debra Knox

Clinical Board of Educators Coordinator, Instructor
Phone: 407-882-0464
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Hearing Aids
  • Hearing Disorders
  • Language disorders
  • Supervision

Anthony Pak Hin Kong

Associate Professor
E-mail: antkong@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-4791
  • Adult neurogenic communication disorders
  • Aphasia
  • Bilingualism
  • Cognitive-communicative disorders
  • Discourse analysis

Julie Matura

Instructor, Internship Coordinator
Phone: 407-882-0449
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • Diagnostic/Clinical Processes
  • Genetics
  • Language disorders
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Swallowing Disorders

David Ratusnik

ASHA Fellow, Professor
Phone: 407-823-4803
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • Language disorders
  • Fluency
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Cultural and Linguistic Variables
  • Speech Acquisition
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

Pamela Resnick

Associate Lecturer
Phone: 407-882-0463
  • Augmentative/Alternative Communication
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Supervision

Kenyatta Rivers

ASHA Fellow, Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-4828
  • Cultural and Linguistic Variables
  • Language Acquisition
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Language/Literacy Disorders and Differences in Children and Adolescents

Linda Rosa-Lugo

ASHA Fellow, Associate Professor, Director, UCF Listening Center
Phone: 407-823-4805
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Aural Re(Habilitation)/Listening and Spoken Language
  • Language and Literacy Disorders
  • Professional Preparation Practices
  • Second Language Acquisition

John Ryalls

ASHA Fellow, Professor
E-mail: ryalls@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-4806
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • Speech disorders

Jacqueline Towson

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-0346
  • Language disorders
  • Language Acquisition
  • Emergent Literacy
  • Preschool And School-Age Speech Language Pathology
  • Language And Literacy

Joshua Troche

Assistant Director, Language Concepts and Memory Lab Communication Sciences and Disorders
E-mail: jtroche@ucf.edu
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders

Martine Vanryckeghem

ASHA Fellow, Board Certified Fluency Specialist, Professor
Phone: 407-823-4808
  • Fluency disorders

Richard Zraick

ASHA Fellow, Professor, School Director
Phone: 407-823-4795
  • Clinical skills training
  • Voice disorders
  • Health literacy
  • Adult neurogenic speech-language disorders
  • Healthcare Simulation

Recent Grants

Word by Word: Building Sentences with Preschoolers Who Use AAC
PI: Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D.
$1,623,136, 7/7/2017-6/30/2022
National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)
[Part of a five-year, $2,781,276 Multiple Principal Investigator Grant with Cathy Binger, Ph.D., at the University of New Mexico]

Phonomotor Treatment for Acquired Apraxia of Speech
PI: Lauren Bislick (Wilson), PhD, CCC-SLP
$7,500, 5/1/2018-4/30/2019
UCF Office of Research and Commercialization

Teaching Preschoolers with Complex Communication Needs to Ask Inverted Yes-No Questions Using an AAC iPad Application
PI: Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D.
$437,812, 12/1/2015-11/30/2018
National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)

FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center
PI: Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D.
$1,603,824, 10/1/2005-9/30/2018
Florida Alliance for Assisitive Services and Technology

Speech Perception, Cognitive Processing and Self-Reported Communication Abilities in Older Adults with Hearing
PI: Janel Cosby, Au.D., Ph.D.
Co-PI: Linda Rosa-Lugo, Ph.D.
$7,500, 6/14/2017-5/31/2018
UCF Foundation, Inc.

Reading Beyond the Book: Implementing Dialogic Reading to Improve Language and Emergent Literacy Skills for Preschool Children with Significant Language Impairments
PI: Jacqueline Towson, Ph.D.
$7,500, 5/1/2016-4/30/2018
UCF Office of Research and Commercialization

The Impact of Virtual Simulation on the Interprofessional Communication Skills of Speech-Language Pathology Students
PI: Jacqueline Towson, Ph.D.
$10,000, 1/1/2017-12/31/2017
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Speech/Language Pathology Graduate Specialization in Listening & Spoken Language in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Project LSL-CLD)
PI: Linda Rosa-Lugo, Ed.D.
$946,750, 1/1/2012-12/31/2017
USDOE/Office of Special Education Programs
[part of a four-year, $1.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Education]

Other External Funding

Scholar-in-Residence Support
PI: Barbara Ehren, Ed.D.
$120,000, 2014-2017
Willow Schools