Communication Sciences and Disorders Professor Shelley Velleman was elected a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Fellowship is one of the highest forms of recognition given by ASHA of an individual’s accomplishments.

Dr. Velleman's research and teaching focus on speech development in children. 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. She is frequent presenter at research conferences and symposiums around the world.

Velleman's education 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 focused on Linguistics with a specialization in child phonology (speech development). She earned a master's degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in Communication Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Massachusetts. She has many years of pediatric clinical experience and teaching as a tenured faculty member at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

"Speech-language pathology is a highly rewarding field because you are helping people improve their communication, which is the basis for all of our human relationships," Velleman said. I specialize in studying and working with young children who can’t talk. They are usually quite frustrated, and some even withdraw. When they’re finally able to start expressing themselves successfully, their personalities shine out — at last they can tell the world who they are. It’s like a miracle happening right before your very eyes!"

Velleman enjoys teaching and participating in research with undergraduate and graduate students at UVM. She teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in clinical phonetics and speech sound disorders. She is a finalist for the 2019 UVM Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes faculty for excellent instruction, innovation in teaching methods and ability to motivate and challenge students.

ASHA will formally recognize Velleman on November 22, 2019, at the ASHA Convention in Orlando, Florida.


Janet Lynn Essman Franz