Text Size:
Print This Page
UCF Campus Map

Quick Facts

  • 6 - Number of graduate programs in the college ranked in the top 100 nationwide by U.S. News and World Report in March 2016
  • Fall 2015 - Launch of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice
  • Spring 2016 - Launch of the completely online Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program
  • 2015-16 - Academic year in which the college recognized 25 years since its founding in 1990-91
  • > 1,700 - Number of children and adults with speech, language and hearing problems served by the Communication Disorders Clinic

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Research Interests
Current/Recent Grants


Kong BIG-WebFaculty members and students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders conduct basic and applied research focused on enhancing the quality of services and life for individuals with speech, language, hearing and associated disorders.

Research Interests

Cecyle Carson

Cecyle Carson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • cleft palate
  • voice disorders
  • speech disorders
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders

Janel Cosby

Janel Cosby, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A, F-AAA

  • Cochlear Implants
  • Auditory Training
  • Cognitive Processing
  • Aural (Re)habilitation
  • Auditory Processing

Mike Crary

Mike Crary, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • Swallowing Disorders

Barbara Ehren

Barbara Ehren, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

  • language disorders
  • literacy
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Language Acquisition
  • Linguistics/Psychololinguistics

Nancy Harrington

Nancy Harrington, M.A., CCC-SLP

  • Augmentative/Alternative Communication

Charlotte Harvey

Charlotte Harvey, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

  • language disorders
  • fluency disorders
  • Genetics
  • Learning Disabilities

Bari Hoffman-Ruddy

Bari Hoffman-Ruddy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • voice disorders
  • Head and Neck Cancers/Laryngectomy
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Swallowing Disorders

Yoshiaki Ihara

Yoshiaki Ihara, D.D.S., Ph.D.

  • dysphasgia
  • oral rehabilitation

Jennifer Kent-Walsh

Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • service-learning
  • scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Assistive Technology
  • Language Development and Disorders

Anthony Pak-Hin Kong

Anthony Pak-Hin Kong, Ph.D.

  • adult neurogenic communication disorders
  • aphasia
  • bilingualism
  • cognitive-communicative disorders
  • discourse analysis

David Ratusnik

David Ratusnik, Ph.D.

  • Fluency
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Cultural and Linguistic Variables
  • Speech Acquisition
  • Language Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

Kenyatta Rivers

Kenyatta Rivers, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • evidence-based practice
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language/Literacy Disorders and Differences in Children and Adolescents
  • Cultural and Linguistic Variables

Linda I. Rosa-Lugo

Linda I. Rosa-Lugo, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Aural Re(Habilitation)/Listening and Spoken Language
  • Language and Literacy Disorders
  • Professional Preparation Practices
  • Second Language Acquisition

Jack Ryalls

Jack Ryalls, Ph.D.

  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • Speech Disorders

Jamie Schwartz

Jamie Schwartz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Literacy
  • Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Jackie Towson

Jackie Towson, Ph.D, CCC-SLP

  • language disorders
  • emergent literacy
  • Language Acquisition
  • Preschool and School-Age Speech Language Pathology
  • Language and Literacy

Janet Whiteside

Janet Whiteside, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • supervision
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders

Richard Zraick

Richard Zraick, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • voice disorders
  • health literacy
  • Adult neurogenic speech-language disorders
  • clinical skills training
  • Healthcare Simulation

Current/Recent Grants

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, 12/1/15-11/30/18
National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)

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, Ph.D.
$946,750, 1/1/2012-12/31/2016
Florida Deartment of Education
[part of a four-year, $1.1 million award from the U.S. Department of Education]

Toward A Multi-Modal and Multi-Level Analysis of Chinese Aphasic Discourse
PI: Anthony Pak-Hin Kong, Ph.D.
$727,283, 3/1/2010-5/31/2016
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

FAAST Atlantic Regional Demonstration Center Project
PI: Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D.
$1,449,273, 10/1/2005-9/30/2016
Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)

iCommunicate @ UCF
PI: Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D.
$10,000, 2015-2016
The Chesley G. Magruder Foundation, Inc.


Scholar-in-Residence Support

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

Scholar-in-Residence Support
PI: Barbara Ehren, Ed.D.
$90,000,  2013-2016
Nemours Bright Start


The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann,  M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
— Adam Stubley,  B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
— Jamie Dyson,  Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr,  V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
— Krysti Griffith,  Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith,  Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta,  Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward,  Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen,  Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual,  Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
— Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13),  
Give a Gift - The College of Healh & Public Affairs