Alumni

 Jessica RichardsonJessica Richardson Berry graduated with her Ph.D. in 2015. Her dissertation was titled, Use of Copula and Auxiliary BE by African American Children with Gullah/Geechee Heritage. She is currently an Assistant Professor at South Carolina State University. Email: jrichard@scsu.edu

Lesli ClevelandLesli Cleveland graduated with her Ph.D. in 2009. Her dissertation was titled, Verbal -S in Children with and without SLI across Dialects. She is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders at Eastern Washington University. Email: lcleveland@ewu.edu

April Garrity

April Garrity graduated from LSU with her Ph.D. in 2007. Her dissertation was titled, BE Use in African American English Speakers as a Function of Language Ability. She is currently an Associate Professor and the Clinic Coordinator in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Georgia Southern University. Email: agarrity@georgiasouthern.edu

 Kyomi GregoryKyomi Gregory graduated from LSU with her Ph.D. in 2015. Her dissertation was titled, Evaluation of Teacher Ratings to Improve Child Language Screenings in Speech-Language Pathology. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Pace University in New York. Email: kgregory@pace.edu

Christy Wynn MolandChristy Wynn Moland graduated with her Ph.D. in 2011. Her dissertation was titled, Comparison of the DELV:ST to Two other Screeners for African American Children. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Email: cmoland1@lsu.edu.

Lekeitha Hartfield MorrisLekeitha Hartfield Morris graduated with her Ph.D. in 2010. Her dissertation was titled, Behaviors and Beliefs of African American Caregivers as Related to their Children’s Language-Literacy Development. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Lamar University in Texas. Email: lmorris6@lamar.edu

  

Brandi Newkirk-Turner

Brandi Newkirk-Turner graduated with her Ph.D. in 2010. Her dissertation was titled, The Auxiliary System of Children who Speak African American English. She is currently an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Communicative Disorders at Jackson State University in Mississippi. Email: brandi.l.newkirk@jsums.edu

Sonja Pruitt-Lord

Sonja Pruitt-Lord graduated with her Ph.D. in 2006. Her dissertation was titled, Grammatical Morphology of Children Reared in Poverty: Implications for Specific Language Impairment. She is currently an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University. Email: spruitt@mail.sdsu.edu

Karmen L. Porter

Karmen L. Porter graduated with her Ph.D. in 2015. Her dissertation was titled, Caregiver perceptions of speech-language pathologist (SLPs) communication: Examining how SLPs talk with caregivers about child language disorders. She is currently an Assistant Professor and the Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Email: klporter@fhsu.edu

Andrew RivièreAndrew “Andy-Rooney” Rivière graduated with his Ph.D. in 2016. His dissertation was titled, VA-ET-VIENT, The Goin’ and Comin’ of Infinitival TO: A Study of Children with and without Specific Language Impairment in Cajun English. He is currently working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in DC. Email: andrew.riviere@gmail.com

  Christy SeidelChristy Seidel earned a Ph.D. in Psychology in 2013 and a MA in 2015 in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She worked in the lab for 5 years while completing her studies. Her dissertation was titled, Creating an SLI Performance Profile with Load. She is currently working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Louisiana. Email: seidel.christy@gmail.com