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Joseph DiNapoli

Joseph DiNapoli

Associate Lecturer
Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • Biography
  • Research
  • Courses


Joe DiNapoli is an Associate Instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  His office is located on the Cocoa regional campus.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Emerson College, a Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Columbia University, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, with specialization in neurobehavioral communication disorders, from Boston University.  He has been a clinical, managerial and consulting speech-language pathologist in medical and educational facilities for more than thirty-five years, and is a former senior speech-language pathologist for the Aphasia Unit of the Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center / Harold Goodglass Aphasia Research Center.  Joe came to UCF in 2002 after several years as a full-time Lecturer at the University of Maine. He currently teaches a variety of courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs on the Cocoa and Main campuses, as well as online.

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses

  • SPA 6236 Motor Speech Disorders
  • SPA 6410 Aphasia and Related Disorders
  • SPA 6565 Feeding & Swallowing Disorders
  • SPA 6908 Independent Study 

Undergraduate Courses

  • LIN 3713 Language Science
  • LIN 3716 Language Development
  • LIN 3716L Language Development Lab
  • SPA 3112 Basic Phonetics
  • SPA 3112L Basic Phonetics Lab
  • SPA 3412 Brain Stories: A Communication Disorders Perspective
  • SPA 3471 Communication Disorders Through Literature and Media
  • SPA 4400 Language Disorders Across the Lifespan
  • SPA 4476 Speech Disorders Across the Lifespan
  • SPA 4478 Multicultural Aspects of Communication Disorders & Differences
  • SPA 4555 Counseling in Communication Disorders
  • SPA 4803 Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • SPA 4870C Capstone in Communication Sciences and Disorder


  • M.S.
  • CAGS
  • Research

    Cognitive-Communication Disorders, Language Acquisition, Language Disorders, Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Speech Disorders, and Swallowing Disorders


    • SPA 6236: Motor Speech Disorders
    • SPA 6410 : Aphasia and Related Disorders
    • SPA 6565: Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
    • SPA 6908: Independent Study
    • LIN 3713: Language Science
    • LIN 3716: Language Development
    • LIN 3716L : Language Development Lab
    • SPA 3112: Basic Phonetics
    • SPA 3112L: Basic Phonetics Lab
    • SPA 3412: Brain Stories: A Communication Disorders Perspective
    • SPA 3471 : Communication Disorders Through Literatire and Media
    • SPA 4400: Language Disorders Across the Lifespan
    • SPA 4476: Language Disorders Across the Lifespan
    • SPA 4476: Speech Disorders Across the Lifespan
    • SPA 4478: Multicultural Aspects of Communication Disorders and Differences
    • SPA 4555: Counseling in Communication Disorders
    • SPA 4803: Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • SPA 4870C: Capstone in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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