Past Distinguished Lectures

Spring 2023 Lecture Series

Dr. Shelley Gray

Arizona State University
Working Memory as the Key Topic Tying into Dyslexia and Developmental Language Disorder
Friday, January 19, 2023
Webex Livestream
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Marcia Barnes

Vanderbilt University
Reading between the lines: inference-making and reading comprehension in secondary students
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Webex Livestream
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Jay Rueckl

University of Connecticut
Thursday, March 30, 2023
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. David Francis

University of Houston
L&L Day
Friday, April 21, 2023
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Fall 2023 Lecture Series

Dr. Paul Cirino

University of Houston
Framing Executive Functions as a Construct and its Relation to Achievement
Thursday, September 1, 2022
Webex Livestream
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Dr. Martine Smith

Trinity College, Dublin
“AAC and literacy: Challenges and Opportunities”
Thursday, September 8, 2022
Webex Livestream
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Dr. Karen Erickson

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine
“A Diverse Approach to Understanding Learners with the Most Complex Needs:
From Single-subject Design to Implementation Science and Post-Critical Ethnography”

Thursday, October 6, 2022
Webex Livestream
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Dr. Maria Adelaida Restrepo

University of South Florida
“Heritage speakers, their language, assessment, and intervention”
Thursday, November 3, 2022
Webex Livestream
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Janice Light

Pennsylvania State University
“Development & Evaluation of AAC Technologies to Support Literacy Skills for Individuals with Complex Communication Needs”
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Webex Livestream
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Spring 2022 Lecture Series

Dr. Peter Afflerbach

University of Maryland
“Science of Reading or Sciences of Reading Research: Research, Theory and Practice”
Friday, January 21, 2022
Webex Livestream
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Dr. Karla McGregor

University of Iowa
Wednesday, February 17, 2022
Webex Livestream
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Shayne Piasta

The Ohio State University
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Webex Livestream
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Sharon Vaughn

University of Texas at Austin
Friday, April 8, 2022
Webex Livestream
L&L Day Virtual Conference

Fall 2021 Lecture Series

Dr. Richard Schwartz

City University of New York
“50 years of Child Language Disorders Research: Some Big Questions, Methods, and the Lexicon”
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Webex Livestream
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Jareen Meinzen-Derr

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
“Language Underperformance in Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A Career Path to Intervention.”
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Webex Livestream
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. James Magnuson

University of Connecticut
“Realistic Modeling of Human Speech Recognition”
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Webex Livestream
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Marilyn Nippold

University of Oregon
“Language and Critical Thinking in Adolescents: Development and Disorders”
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Webex Livestream
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Spring 2021 Lecture Series

Dr. Jill Allor

Southern Methodist University
Teaching Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Read:  Is it really any different than teaching other students to read?”

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Dr. Patricia Duff

University of British Columbia
“Research on Language and Literacy Socialization Across Transnational, Multilingual Contexts”

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Dr. Howard Shane

Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard
“The Visual Immersion System® for Persons on the Autism Spectrum: An Overview and Supportive Research”

Friday, March 26, 2021

L&L Day, Dr. Laura Justice

Ohio State University
Using Implementation Science to Improve Literacy Interventions”

Friday, April 16, 2021

Fall 2020 Lecture Series

Dr. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano

University of Colorado – Boulder
“Impact of race/ethnicity, education and poverty on literacy outcomes of children who are deaf or hard of hearing identified after UNHS/EHDI*.” *UNHS=Universal newborn hearing screening; EHDI=early hearing detection and intervention”
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Dr. Lisa Bedore

Temple University
“Developmental Language Disorder and Divided Language Experience: How bilingual children’s grammar is influenced by input.”
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Dr. Jenny Saffran

University of Wisconsin – Madison
“Building a Lexicon”
Thursday, November 12, 2020

Dr. Patricia Prelock

University of Vermont
“Theory of Mind in Autism: Parent Training in Narrative Book Reading to Improve Social Understanding”
Thursday, December 3, 2020

Spring 2020 Lecture Series

Dr. Martha Bigelow

University of Minnesota
“Engaged Research at the Intersection of Language and Education”
Thursday, January 23, 2020
2608, 25 Park Place
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Malatesha Joshi

Texas A&M University
“Spelling, The Componential Model of Reading, and Teacher preparation”
Friday, February 21, 2020
2608, 25 Park Place
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Rebecca Treiman

Washington University
“Learning to Write Words”
Thursday, March 5, 2020
2608, 25 Park Place
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

L&L Day - Dr. Laura Justice

The Ohio State University
“Is more always better? Exploring optimal dosage for early-literacy interventions”

Fall 2019 Series

Dr. Art Graesser

University of Memphis
Adaptive Intelligent Learning Environments for Adults
Thursday, September 19, 2019
1199 Urban Life Building
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Jan Frijters

Brock University
Thursday, October 17, 2019
1199 Urban Life Building
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Christopher Lemons

Vanderbilt University
Thursday, November 14, 2019
2608, 25 Park Place
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh

University of Central Florida
Thursday, December 5, 2019
2608, 25 Park Place
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Dr. Lynn Fuchs, Vanderbilt University
“The Role of Language Comprehension in Word-Problem Solving”

Dr. Sean Redmond, University of Utah
“The Clinical Intersections of Language Disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Dr. Mellisa Duff, Vanderbilt University
“Hippocampal Contributions to Language use and Processing”

Dr. Deborah Fidler, University of Colorado
"“Executive Function and Goal-Directed Behavior in Young Children with Down Syndrome”

Dr. Stephen Camarata, Vanderbilt University
"Improving Reading Outcomes: The Role of Oral Language Comprehension"

Dr. Carolyn Mervis, University of Louisville
"Language and Literacy in Children with Deletion or Duplication of the Williams Syndrome Region"

Dr. Vincent Gracco, Haskins Laboratories
"Some Neural and Behavioral Characteristics of Typical and Atypical Speech Development"

Dr. Bruce Tomblin, University of Iowa
"Language and Reading Outcomes of Children with Mild-to-Severe Hearing Loss"

Dr. Amy Wetherby, Florida State University
"Early Intervention and Children with Autism"

L&L Day - Dr. Judith Carta, University of Kansas
"The Challenges of Bridging the Word Gap: Meaningful Solutions from Translational Research"

Dr. Martin Fujiki, Brigham Young University
"Social and Emotional Learning in Children with Developmental Language Disorders: A Complex Picture"

Dr. Jun Ren Lee, National Taiwan Normal University
"Myths and Challenges of Research in Chinese Reading Acquisition and Disabilities"

Dr. Kathryn Saunders, University of Kansas
"Knowing it Backwards and Forwards: A Spelling Approach to Teaching and Assessing the Alphabetic Principle and Phonemic Awareness"

Dr. Nickola Wolf Nelson, Western Michigan University
"Principles for Making Your Language/Literacy Research Agenda Count"

Dr. Rick Wagner, Florida State University
"Specific Reading Comprehension Disability: Myth, Misnomer, or Genuine Malady?"

Dr. Julie Masterson, Missouri State University
"Reading, Spelling, Speech: Exploring Complex Relationships"

L&L Day - Dr. Mabel Rice, University of Kansas
"What We Learn About Language by Studying Twins: New Findings From Age 2 to 16 Years"

Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, University of California - San  Francisco
"Intergenerational Imaging of Reading Networks"

Dr. Lourdes Ortega, Georgetown University
"Carving Transformative Understandings of Multilingual Success"

Dr. Elizabeth Kay Raining Bird, Dalhousie University
"Bilingualism in Children and Adolescents with Down syndrome"

Dr. Katherine Hustad, University of Wisconsin
"Longitudinal Development of Speech and Language in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Growth Curves and Outcomes"

Dr. Erik Willcutt, University of Colorado
“Etiology and Neuropsychology of Learning Disabilities and ADHD: Understanding the 'Whirling Ball of Comorbidity”

Dr. Krista Wilkinson, Pennsylvania State University
"Improving the Design of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Interventions"

Dr. R. Malatesha Joshi, Texas A&M University
"The Role of Orthography in Literacy Acquisition in Monolinguals and Bilinguals"

Dr. Susan Ellis Weismer, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"Investigating the Interplay Between Cognitive Mechanisms and Language Abilities in Children on the Autism Spectrum"

Dr. Fumiko Hoeft,University of California - San Francisco
“Intergenerational Imaging of Reading Networks”

Dr. Lourdes Ortega, Georgetown University
"Carving Transformative Understandings of Multilingual Success"

Dr. Elizabeth Kay Raining Bird, Dalhousie University
"Bilingualism in Children and Adolescents with Down Syndrome"

Dr. Katherine Hustad, University of Wisconsin
"Longitudinal Development of Speech and Language in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Growth Curves and Outcomes"

Dr. Esther Dromi, Tel Aviv University
"A Developmental Model for the Evaluation of Communication, Language and Speech Disorders in Toddlers"

Dr. Steven F. Warren, University of Kansas
“Sensors, Apps, and The Cloud: The Promise and Peril of Automatic Language Measurement and Analysis Technologies.”

Dr. Julius Fredriksson, University of South Carolina
"Speech Entrainment in Aphasia"

Dr. Stephanie Al Otaiba, Southern Methodist University
"RTI: A Decade After IDEA Recognition"

Dr. Chris Schatschneider, Florida State University
"The Role of Methodologists in Education Science"

Dr. Ken Pugh, Haskins Laboratories
"The Literate Brain: Insights from Neuroimaging"

Dr. Nancy Brady,University of Kansas
"New Developments in Assessing and Treating Severe Communication Disorders"

Dr. Jeffrey Gruen, Yale Child Health Research Center
"Genetic Screening for Reading and Language: In the Loop with READ1"

Dr. Susan Murphy, University of Michigan
"Micro-Randomized Trials of Developing Just-In-Time Adaptive Interventions In Health"

Dr. Howard Goldstein, University of South Florida
"Teaching Vocabulary in Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms: Iterative Development and Evaluation of a Tier 2 Curriculum"

Dr. Laurie Cutting, Vanderbilt University
"Cognitive and Neurobiological Correlates of Reading Comprehension: A Not So Simple Story"

Dr. Leslie Gonzolaz Rothi, University of Florida
"The New Optimism of Neurorehabilitation Applied to Aphasia"

Dr. Judy DeLoache, University of Virginia
"Becoming Symbol Minded"

Dr. Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Temple University
"Language or Literacy: Preparing Children for Third Grade Reading"

Dr. Barbara Foorman, Florida State University
"The Structure of Oral Language and Its Relation to Reading at Various Levels
of Comprehension in Kindergarten Through Grade 2"

Dr. Marc Fey, The University of Kansas Medical Center
"Grammatical Input as the Source of Grammatical Error in Specific Language Impairment"

Dr. Keiko Koda, Carnegie Mellon University
"Cross-Linguistic Resource Sharing in Biliteracy Development"

Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow, University of Chicago
"Gesture's Role in Creating and Learning Language"

Dr. Kenn Apel, University of South Carolina
"Initial Acquisition of Mental Graphemic Representations"

Dr. Amy Wetherby, Florida State University
"Evidence-based Early Intervention for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: What are the Active Ingredients?"

Dr. Hugh Catts, University of Kansas
"Early Identification of Reading Disabilities"

Dr. Jon F. Miller, University of Wisconsin - Waisman Center
"Advances in Language Sample Analysis Using SALT Software"

Dr. Leonard Abbeduto, University of California - Davis School of Medicine
"Languge Development in Fragile X Syndrome: Phenotype, Variation, Mechanisms and Treatment

Dr. Connie Kasari, University of California, Los Angeles
"Engaging Autism: Development Implications for Interventions"

Dr. Jerry Mahoney, Case Western Reserve University
"The Parenting Model of Development; The Role of Parents in Early Intervention"

Dr. Brian MacWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University
"Neurolinguistic Models and Language Disorders"
Language & Literacy Day, West Exhibit Area, 2nd Floor UL, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg, Boston University
"Exploring Predictors of Spoken Language Development in Children with Autisim Spectrum Disorder"

Dr. Janna Oetting, Louisiana State University
"Child Language Impairment in the Context of English Dialect Diversity"

Dr. Paul Bloom, Yale University
“The Pleasure of Stories”

Dr. Bruce Crosson, University of Florida
“The Right Frontal Lobe in Language: Aging and Aphasia”

Dr. Elizabeth Peña, University of Texas at Austin
“Profiles of Language Impairment in Bilingual Children”

Dr. Steve Graham, Vanderbilt University
“Skills, Will, Strategies, and Knowledge: Catalysts for Writing Development”

Dr. Laurence Leonard, Purdue University
"Can Errors in Language Production be Traced to Weakness in Languge?"

Dr. Elaine Tarone, University of Minnesota
"Alphabetic Literacy Affects Oral Second-Language Processing."

Dr. Jason Anthony, University of Texas
"Development of Language and Early Literacy Skills in at Risk Populations."

Dr. Ann Kaiser, Vanderbilt University
"Parent-Implemented Early Communication Interventions: Methods, Outcomes and Challenges."

Dr. Rebecca Marcon, University of North Florida
"Help the Teacher, Help the Child: Supporting Young Children's Language and Early Literacy Development in High-Need Communities"

Dr. Maryanne Wolf, Tufts University
“Implications of the Evolving Reading Brain for Education and Intervention”

Dr. Patricia Greenfield, University of California, Los Angeles
“A Cross-Species Comparative Approach to the Development of Language and Representation”

Dr. Charles Perfetti, University of Pittsburgh
“Words in Comprehension, Comprehension in Words: Using and Building Lexical Knowledge in Reading”

Dr. Sonja Lanehart, University of Texas at San Antonio
"African American Language Research in the 21st Century"

Dr. Frances Conners, University of Alabama
"What We Know and Don't Know About Reading and Intellectual Disability"

Dr. Dennis Molfese, University of Louisville
"The use of ERPs to Track and Predict Intervention Success in SLI Children"

Dr. David Uttal, Northwestern University
"Rethinking the Concrete-Abstract Distinction: Implications for Symbolic Development"

Dr. Erika Hoff, Florida Atlantic University
"Input Matters: Evidence from Studies of Early Monolingual and Bilingual Development"

Dr. Mabel Rice, University of Kansas
"Identifying Shared Genetics of Disorders of Language, Speech, and Reading: Multiple Gene Effects and Methodological Challenges"

Dr. Margaret Harris, Oxford-Brookes University
"The Development of Literacy Skills in Children Who are Deaf"

Lectures are free and open to the public.