University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Shelley Velleman

Shelley L. Velleman, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Shelley Velleman Office:402 Pomeroy
Phone: (802) 656-3868
Email: Shelley.Velleman@uvm.edu

Dr. Shelley Velleman's educational and professional experience has been extensive and varied, with a common theme of speech production in children. Her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (1983) is in Linguistics, with a specialization in child phonology (speech development). She has one master's degree in Applied Linguistics (teaching English as a second language) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1978) and one in Communication Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Massachusetts (1985). She has many years of pediatric clinical experience as well as many years of teaching as a tenure system faculty member at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Elms College in Chicopee MA and at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, where she was an Associate Professor of Communication Disorders from 2005- 2011.

Dr. Velleman's research focuses on speech sound development in typically-developing (TD) children and in children with disorders. Her studies of TD children have focused on how the language or dialect of exposure affects the process of learning to talk, including such languages as English, French, Japanese, Finnish, and Welsh as well as the African American English dialect. With respect to disorders, she specializes in motor speech disorders, especially Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She seeks to identify and remediate the motor speech, phonological, and literacy difficulties associated with neurodevelopmental syndromes, such as autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, and 7q11.23 Duplication syndrome (which was just identified in 2004).

Education

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Linguistics, 1983
M.A., University of Massachusetts, Communication Disorders, 1985
M.A., University of Wisconsin, Applied English Linguistics, 1978
B.A., Wellesley College, Comparative Literature, 1976

Selected Publications

Boucher, Andrianopoulos, Velleman (in prep). Evaluation of motor speech and intervention planning for children with autism. To be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journal November 2013.

Currier, Velleman, Andrianopoulos (in prep). Effects of a classroom-based pre-literacy intervention for preschoolers with communication disorders. To be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journal November 2013.

Huffman, Velleman, Mervis (in prep). Speech motor control in children with Williams syndrome. To be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journal November 2013.

Currier, Velleman, Huffman, Mervis (in prep). Profiles of 7q11.23 Duplication syndrome. To be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journal December 2013.

Velleman, Huffman, Mervis (in prep). Sequencing deficits in 7q11.23 Duplication syndrome. To be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journal December 2013.

Mervis, C. B., & Velleman, S. L. (2011). Children with Williams syndrome: Language, cognitive, and behavioral characteristics and their implications for intervention. Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, 18(3), 98-107. (Abstract)

Velleman, S. L., & Mervis, C. B. (2011). Children With 7q11.23 Duplication syndrome: Speech, language, cognitive, and behavioral characteristics and their implications for intervention. Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, 18(3), 108-116. (Abstract)

Zaretsky, E., & Velleman, S. L. (2011). The different faces of reading disabilities: Evidence from case studies. Studies in Literature and Language, 2(2), 1-19.

Velleman, S. L., & Pearson, B. Z. (2010). Differentiating speech sound disorders from phonological dialect differences: Implications for assessment and intervention. Topics in Language Disorders, 30(3), 176-188.

Rupela, V., Manjula, R., & Velleman, S. L. (2010). Phonological processes in Kannada-speaking adolescents with Down syndrome. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 24(6), 431-450. (Abstract)

Burns, F., Velleman, S. L., Green, L. J., & Roeper, T. (2010). New branches from old roots: Experts respond to questions about African American English development and language intervention. Topics in Language Disorders, 30(3), 2553-2264.

Zaretsky, E., Velleman, S., & Curro, K. (2009). Through the magnifying glass: Underlying literacy deficits and remediation potential in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 12(1), 1-11. (Abstract)

Pearson, B. Z., Velleman, S. L., Bryant, T. J., & Charko, T. (2009). Phonological milestones for African American English-speaking children learning Mainstream American English as a second dialect. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools, 40, 229-244.(Abstract)

Books

  • Velleman, S.L. (in preparation). Speech sound disorders. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
  • Velleman, S. L. (2003). Childhood apraxia of speech resource guide. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar/Thomson/Singular.
  • Mullin, W. J., Gerace, W. J., Mestre, J. P., & Velleman, S. L. (2003). Fundamentals of sound with applications to speech and hearing. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Velleman, S. (1998). Making phonology functional: What do I do first? Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann.
Selected Presentations

Boucher, M., Andrianopoulos, M. V., Velleman, S. L., & Zaretsky, E. (2012). Motor speech and acoustic markers in ASD. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Currier, A., Velleman, S. L., & Andrianopoulos, M. V. (2012). Classroom-based intervention: Phonological awareness for preschoolers at risk. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Iuliano, B., Velleman, S. L., Krezmien, M., & Zaretsky, E. (2012). Processing and discourse in adolescents with reading and language impairments. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Huffman, M. J., Velleman, S. L., & Mervis, C. B. (2012). Relations between motor speech skill and single-word accuracy in children with Williams syndrome. Paper presented at the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association, Cork Ireland.

Velleman, S. L., Currier, A., Huffman, M. J., Matthews, K., & Mervis, C. B. (2012). Early speech development in Williams syndrome. Paper presented at the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association, Cork Ireland.

Velleman, S. L., Huffman, M. J., & Mervis, C. B. (2012). Relations between speech and motor-speech performance in children with 7q11.23 Duplication syndrome. Paper presented at the International Child Phonology Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Nagamani, B., Velleman, S. L., & Andrianopoulos, M. V. (2012). Language free assessment tool for Childhood Apraxia of Speech in difficult to test populations. Paper presented at the 44th Convention of the Indian Speech and Hearing Association. Winner of the Dr. B.M. Abrol Award for the best paper in Speech-Language Pathology.

Velleman, S. L. (2011). Clinical management of speech sound disorders in challenging contexts: Autism Spectrum Disorders. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Arventos, M., Zaretsky, E., Andrianopoulos, M. V., & Velleman, S. L. (2011). Narrative skills of children with High Functioning Autism vs. typically developing peers: A comparison study. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Currier, A., Huffman, M. J., Velleman, S. L., & Mervis, C. B. (2011). Speech and oral motor skills in 7q11.23 Duplication syndrome. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Rupela, V., Boucher, M., Curro, K., Andrianopoulos, M. V., & Velleman, S. L. (2011). Language neutral assessment of motor speech in young children. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Boucher, M., Andrianopoulos, M. V., Velleman, S. L., Keller, L. A., & Pecora, L. (2011). Assessing vocal characteristics of spontaneous speech in children with autism. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Velleman, Currier, O'Connor, Huffman, McGloin, Connelly, Mervis (2011). 7q11.23 Duplication Syndrome: Speech and Oral Motor Findings. Poster presented at the International Child Phonology Conference, York, U.K.

O'Connor, K. M., Currier, A., Velleman, S. L., McGloin, S., Connelly, T., & Mervis, C. B. (2010). Childhood Apraxia of Speech symptoms in 7q11.23 Duplication syndrome. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Philadelphia.

Zaretsky, E., Andrianopoulos, M. V., Velleman, S. L., Boucher, M., & Felton, J. (2010). Connected speech in High-Functioning Autism: Immature intonation patterns? Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Philadelphia.

Connelly, T., Zaretsky, E., & Velleman, S. L. (2010). Speech processing in Autism: A study of speech feature preference. Paper presented at the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association.

Menn, L., & Velleman, S. L. (2010). Frameworks for decision-making in clinical phonology. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Philadelphia.

Andrianopoulos, M. V., Velleman, S. L., Boucher, M., & Pecora, L. (2010). Acoustic, spectral, temporal, and speech characteristics in young children with autism. Paper presented at the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, Athens Greece.

Andrianopoulos, M. V., Zaretsky, E., Velleman, S. L., Boucher, M., Pecora, L., & Felton, J. (2010). Spontaneous and elicited narratives of children with autism spectrum disorders: Comparative data. Paper presented at the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, Athens Greece.

Selected Honors and Awards
  • 2009 Editor's Award for Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools for 'Phonological milestones for African American English-speaking children learning Mainstream American English as a second dialect' (with Pearson, Bryant, and Charko). American Speech Hearing Language Association, November 19, 2010.
  • University of Massachusetts Distinguished Teaching Award, 2010.
  • School of Public Health and Health Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award, 2002.
Selected Professional Activities
  • ASHA Program Committee: Member, Speech Sound Disorders Subcommittee, 2012-2013
  • Guest Associate Editor, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 2013-14.
  • Board Member, UMass Institute for Computational and Experimental Study of Language, Dec. 2010 – 2011.
  • ASHA Program Committee: Member, Speech Sound Disorders Subcommittee, 2010
  • Associate Editor, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 2007 - 2011
  • Academic and Clinical Consultant to Dr. Leann Uys, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban South Africa to establish a graduate and post-graduate program in Autism, 2009
  • NIH Review Panel, 2007, 2008
  • Reviewer, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2008
  • ASHA Ad Hoc Committee on Apraxia of Speech in Children, 2003-2008
  • ASHA Program Committee: Chair, Language Sciences Subcommittee, 2003
  • Advisory Board, Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America, 2000 - present


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