Temple University

Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Rena Krakow

Rena Krakow, Ph.D. Temple University Department of Communications Sciences
Associate Professor 
Undergraduate Program Director


Weiss Hall, 110
1701 N/ 13th Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19122


  • PhD, Linguistics, Yale University 
  • MPhil, Linguistics, Yale University
  • MA, Linguistics, Yale University 
  • MA, Special Education, Columbia University 
  • BA, Linguistics, Barnard College

Research Interests

  • Literacy development in at-risk children
  • Literacy and Aphasia
  • Creative literacy interventions


Dr. Krakow is an associate professor and undergraduate program director in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She earned Masters’ 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 created the Kids Write and Create program at Temple. She also co-created (with Prof. Francine Kohen) the Finding the Words writing program for adults with aphasia. Dr. Krakow is one of the founders of PACT, the Philadelphia Aphasia Community at Temple. She teaches Basic Speech Science, Language and Deafness, and Literacy Development and Disorders.