Communication Sciences & Disorders


Colleen F. Visconti

Colleen F. Visconti, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Chair and Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Program Director of the Communication Disorders program. Dr. Visconti teaches a variety of courses including Speech and Language Development, Phonetics and Phonology, Language Disorders, Voice and Fluency Disorders, Research Methods in Communication Disorders and Capstone in Communication Disorders. She also works with students involved in the Undergraduate Research and Creative Studies. The projects have focused on clinical research and have examined the effectiveness of functional intervention approaches with children who are functionally nonverbal and adults who have dementia or dementia-like symptoms. The findings from these projects have been presented at BW Ovation, the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention; and published in Hearsay , the journal of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
In addition to Dr. Visconti’s clinical research, she also conducts research in the area of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Specifically, her research focuses on student engagement, problem-based learning, the use of technology in the classroom, and clinical training of undergraduate student. Dr. Visconti has presented at state, regional and national conferences and her work has appears in Hearsay and Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education . She is the co-author of the book Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: Evidence-Based Education; and is the Associate Editor of EBE Briefs.
Dr. Visconti is also an active leader in both the state and national associations. She has served as the President of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2011-2012), Past-President, Vice President, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, University and Student Affairs Representative, and is currently the Honors Committee Chair. Dr. Visconti has served the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as the Convention Topic Chair for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Track (2013), Convention Program Committee, Associate Coordinator and Steering Committee Member of the Special Interest Division – Issues in Higher Education, and Legislative Councilor representing Speech-Language Pathologist for the State of Ohio.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Child Language Disorders, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
    Dissertation: Event Knowledge in Language Impaired Children
    Advisor: Kathy Chapman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. 
  • M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. 
  • B.A., Communication Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
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