The College of Public Health is pleased to announce that Lisa Bedore will join the college as professor and chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Bedore joins the college as a renowned researcher of developmental language disorders among Spanish-English bilingual children. Her appointment will begin in June.
Bedore received a master of arts in communicative disorders from San Diego University and earned her Ph.D. in Audiology and Speech Sciences at Purdue University. Since 1999, Bedore has served on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is the graduate advisor and program director for the master of arts in speech language pathology program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Bedore’s research expertise is in morphology and phonology in Spanish-English bilingual children with language impairments. She is nationally recognized for her work in developing instruments to detect language disorders in bilingual children, and she has served as principal or co-principal investigator on six major grants from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders; she also has served as project director or co-director on nine grants from the Department of Education.
She has published more than 60 articles in leading journals such as the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, Applied Psycholinguistics, Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, and Bilingualism: Language and Cognition; in addition, she has published 17 book chapters and a book.
“Dr. Bedore’s breadth of experience as a researcher, educator and clinician makes her a compelling choice to serve as department chair,” said Laura A. Siminoff, dean of the College of Public Health and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Public Health. “Her vision is complementary with the College’s direction for research and community engagement.”
As chair, Bedore will oversee the department’s programs in speech-language-hearing and communications sciences and disorders, as well as the department’s Speech-Language-Hearing Center, which provides a wide range of services to people of all ages with disorders of communication.
“The Department has a long history of excellent work and strong faculty, so it is exciting to join them,” said Bedore. “Being in the College of Public Health offers new possibilities for developing research and training programs that help us understand communication disorders in the context of healthy lives.”