Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty areas of expertise focus on speech, language, cognitive function, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Faculty/Staff Member Area of Expertise and/or Research

Elizabeth Adams, Au.D., CCC-A, CH-AP, CH-TM

Educational leadership and policy studies, faculty mentoring, curriculum development and instructional design, evidence-based practice, clinical education and practice in audiology

Noma Anderson, Ph.D

Inclusive education, cultural and linguistic diversity

Kim R. Bauerly, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Developmental stuttering across the lifespan, group treatment for adolescents and adults who stutter, psychophysiology (EDA/RSA), kinematic analysis (Wav), acoustic analysis

Sara Benham, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Word and sound learning in early development, developmental language disorder, speech sound disorders, acoustic analysis, phonetic transcription, network science

Molly H. Bumpas, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BCBA

Assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), multidisciplinary diagnostic team at the Autism Assessment Clinic in the Vermont Center for Children, Youth & Families, parent/caregiver training for young children with ASD

Michael S. Cannizzaro, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Analysis of prefrontal cortical function as measured by functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), task-related processing load during discourse / complex communication, comparison of discourse performance in brain injured and typical adults, cognitive-motor interference in neurodegenerative disorders (Multiple Sclerosis) - co-PI with Susan Kasser from Rehabilitation and Movement Science

Emily L. Coderre, Ph.D.

Language, Autism, Electroencephalography (EEG), Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

Sharon Cote, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech sound disorders, language and literacy

Sarah Curran, M.S., CCC-SLP

Augmentative and alternative communication assessment and intervention, autism spectrum disorders, interprofessional collaboration, family-client centered care

Tiffany Hutchins, Ph.D.

Parent/child interaction strategies; assessment and treatment of autobiographical memory and social cognition in autism, deafness, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and childhood trauma

Danra Kazenski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Clinical supervision and education of students working with children and adults who stutter, facilitation of stuttering support groups for Vermonters of all ages who stutter, implementation research on the effectiveness of the Lidcombe Program treatment in preschool-age children who stutter

Patricia A. Prelock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, FNAP-SLP

Autism spectrum disorders, Family centered care, Interprofessional education and practice, Child language, Developmental disorders

Shelley Velleman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Speech sound development in typically-developing children and in children with disorders from a variety of dialect and language backgrounds; Childhood Apraxia of Speech; 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)

Darin Woolpert, Ph.D.

Literacy development in bilingual children, cross-linguistic activation in bilingual children, reading comprehension, written expression, narrative development, perinatal stroke, developmental language disorder, child language assessment, cultural and linguistic diversity, evidence-based practice