Rena A. Krakow

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Program Director
Communication Sciences and Disorders
1701 N 13th Street


Dr. Krakow is an associate professor and undergraduate program director in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She earned master's and PhD degrees in linguistics at Yale as well as a master’s degree in special education at Teachers College, Columbia. Dr. Krakow’s body of research includes studies of speech production and perception, spoken and written language development and disorders. Dr. Krakow has led written language interventions for at-risk children and for adults with aphasia. Dr. Krakow is one of the founders of PACT, the Philadelphia Aphasia Community at Temple. She teaches Foundations in Speech Science, Written Language Development and Disorders, and Topics seminars.

Courses Taught




CSCD 3233

Basic Speech Science


CSCD 3403

Foundations in Speech Science


CSCD 4979

Honors in Communication Sciences


CSCD 5730

Topics in Speech, Language and Hearing


CSCD 8727

Written Language Development and Disorders


Selected Publications

  • Scott, K.A., Pollock, K., Roberts, J.A., & Krakow, R. (2013). Phonological processing skills of children adopted internationally. Am J Speech Lang Pathol, 22(4), pp. 673-683. United States. doi: 10.1044/1058-0360(2013/12-0133)

  • Krakow, R., Goldstein, B., & Davison, M.D. (2010). Kids write and create: A service learning project in north philadelphia. ASHA Leader, 15(2), pp. 18-19. doi: 10.1044/leader.ftr3.15022010.18

  • Scott, K.A., Roberts, J.A., & Krakow, R. (2008). Oral and written language development of children adopted from china. Am J Speech Lang Pathol, 17(2), pp. 150-160. United States. doi: 10.1044/1058-0360(2008/015)

  • Roberts, J.A., Pollock, K.E., & Krakow, R. (2005). Continued catch-up and language delay in children adopted from China. Semin Speech Lang, 26(1), pp. 76-85. United States. doi: 10.1055/s-2005-864218

  • Roberts, J.A., Pollock, K.E., Krakow, R., Price, J., Fulmer, K.C., & Wang, P.P. (2005). Language development in preschool-age children adopted from China. J Speech Lang Hear Res, 48(1), pp. 93-107. United States. doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2005/008)

  • Krakow, R.A., Tao, S., & Roberts, J. (2005). Adoption age effects on english language acquisition: infants and toddlers from China. Semin Speech Lang, 26(1), pp. 33-43. United States. doi: 10.1055/s-2005-864214

  • Roberts, J., Krakow, R., & Pollock, K. (2003). Language outcomes for preschool children adopted from China as infants and toddlers. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 1(3), pp. 177-183. doi: 10.1080/14769670310001603871

  • Krakow, R. & Roberts, J. (2003). Acquisition of English vocabulary by young Chinese adoptees. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 1(3), pp. 169-176. doi: 10.1080/14769670310001603862

  • Roberts, J., Krakow, R., & Pollock, K. (2003). Three perspectives on language development of children adopted from China. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 1(3), pp. 163-168. doi: 10.1080/14769670310001603844

  • Beddor, P.S. & Krakow, R.A. (1999). Perception of coarticulatory nasalization by speakers of English and Thai: evidence for partial compensation. J Acoust Soc Am, 106(5), pp. 2868-2887. United States. doi: 10.1121/1.428111

  • Krakow, R.A. (1999). Physiological organization of syllables: A review. Journal of Phonetics, 27(1), pp. 23-54. doi: 10.1006/jpho.1999.0089

  • Beddor, P.S. & Krakow, R.A. (1998). Perceptual Confusions and Phonological Change: How Confused is the Listener? Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, 24(1), p. 320. doi: 10.3765/bls.v24i1.1235

  • Bell-Berti, F. & Krakow, R.A. (1991). Anticipatory velar lowering: a coproduction account. J Acoust Soc Am, 90(1), pp. 112-123. United States. doi: 10.1121/1.401304

  • Boyce, S.E., Krakow, R.A., & Bell-Berti, F. (1991). Phonological under specification and speech motor organisation. Phonology, 8(2), pp. 219-236. doi: 10.1017/S095267570000138X

  • Krakow, R.A., Beddor, P.S., Goldstein, L.M., & Fowler, C.A. (1988). Coarticulatory influences on the perceived height of nasal vowels. J Acoust Soc Am, 83(3), pp. 1146-1158. United States. doi: 10.1121/1.396059

  • Ohala, J.J., Beddor, P.S., Krakow, R.A., & Goldstein, L.M. (1986). Perceptual constraints and phonological change: a study of nasal vowel height*. Phonology, 3, pp. 197-217. doi: 10.1017/s0952675700000646

  • Krakow, R.A. & Hanson, V.L. (1985). Deaf signers and serial recall in the visual modality: memory for signs, fingerspelling, and print. Mem Cognit, 13(3), pp. 265-272. United States. doi: 10.3758/bf03197689