Promoting Advocacy | Building Community | Empowering Youth
for individuals with specific language impairment and other learning differences
Claire M. Selin is currently a doctoral student at the University of Kansas. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Rush University in Chicago, IL. During her graduate studies she worked in Dr. Cheryl Scott’s research lab on a complex syntax intervention project. She completed a master’s thesis investigating the effect of age and sentence type on a complex sentence task for typically developing school-aged children. Currently, Claire is working in Dr. Mabel Rice’s Language Acquisition Studies research lab at the University of Kansas, where the team follows individuals with specific language impairment longitudinally to track language growth. She is also working with Dr. Yo Jackson on the PAIR Project which studies intergenerational risk and the impact of trauma on child health and development. Claire continues to practice speech-language pathology with a clinical focus on school-aged and adolescent language and literacy disorders, which also informs her research, teaching, and communication with practitioners.
Claire's long-term research goal is to contribute to the knowledge and skills of practicing speech-language pathologists for addressing the under-identification of individuals with specific language impairment (SLI) for clinical services. Specifically, she is interested in:
Investigating how SLI intersects with poverty and trauma to better inform clinicians of risk factors for language outcomes
Increasing the field’s appreciation of the knowledge, skills, and practices of speech-language pathologists to explore why under-identification of SLI may be occurring in actual practice
Producing descriptive language measurement tools to identify school-aged children and adolescents with SLI for guiding intervention design