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Christine Ann Dollaghan
Research Scientist-Faculty-Behavioral & Brain Science
Office MailstopMail Box: CD, Room No.: CD A1.11 
Email Address  dollaghan@utdallas.edu    Primary Phone Number 214-905-3063    URL UTD Webpage    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
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 DegreeMajorInstitutionYear
 Ph.D.Communicative DisordersUniversity of Wisconsin1981
 M.S.Communicative DisordersUniversity of Montana1977
 B.A.LinguisticsWesleyan University1974
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Research Interests
Dr. Dollaghan studies the nature, identification and outcomes of language and other communication disorders in young children, including children with specific language impairment and children recovering from traumatic brain injury. Her interests also include evidence-based practice and clinical decision-making. Also in Biological and sociodemographic influences on child language. Validity of diagnostic categories and diagnostic indicators. Models of lexical acquisition and processing.
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2012
Mueller, J. A. & Dollaghan, C. A systematic review of assessments for identifying executive function impairment in adults with acquired brain injury. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research Papers in Press, published December 28, 2012 as doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2012/12-0147).
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2012
Campbell, T. F., Dollaghan, C., Janosky, J., Rusiewicz, H. L, Small, S. L., Dick, F., Vick, J., & Adelson, P. D. Consonant accuracy after severe pediatric traumatic brain injury: A prospective cohort study. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research Papers in Press, published December 28, 2012 as doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2012/12-0077).
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2012
Xuan, L. & Dollaghan, C. Language-specific noun bias: evidence from bilingual children. Journal of Child Language FirstView, published November 9, 2012; available on CJO 2012 as doi:10.1017/S0305000912000529.
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2011
Dollaghan, C. (2011). Taxometric analyses of specific language impairment in 6-year-old children. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54, 1361-1371.
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Dollaghan, C. A. & Horner, E. A. (2011). Bilingual language assessment: a meta-analysis of diagnostic accuracy. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54, 1077-1088.
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7/02 7/02 The wheat from the chaff: Defining normal and abnormal language at ages 3, 4, and 6 years
Dollaghan, C. A., Campbell, T. F., Balason, D. B., Rusiewicz, H. L., Nash, T. C., Brady, J., & Nixon, S. M., Symposium, Joint meeting of the Congress of the International Association for the Study of Child Language and the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI, 7/02.
7/02 7/02 Otitis media: Implications for language development and disorders and auditory processing
Roberts, J. E., Dollaghan, C., Campbell, T., Schwartz, R. G., Gravel, J. & Hunter, L. L., Symposium, Joint meeting of the Congress of the International Association for the Study of Child Language and the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI, 7/02.
6/09 6/09 How well do poor language scores at ages 3 and 4 predict poor language scores at age 6?
Dollaghan, C. & Campbell, T. Poster, Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI, 6/09.
6/08 6/08 Understanding the noun bias effect: Individual, developmental, and cross-linguistic variation
Xuan, L. & Dollaghan, C., Poster, Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI, 6/08.
6/06 6/07 Speech motor deficits after severe traumatic brain injury in childhood
Campbell, T. F., Dollaghan, C., Rusiewicz, H., Small, S., Dick, F., & Wier, H., Poster presented at the 5th International Speech Motor Conference, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 6/06.
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2006-presentProfessorSchool of Behavioral and Brain Sciences University of Texas at Dallas (Dallas, Texas)
2001-2006ProfessorDepartment of Communication Science and Disorders University of Pittsburgh
1994-2001Associate ProfessorDepartment of Communication Science and Disorders University of Pittsburgh
1989-1994Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Communication University of Pittsburgh
1987-1992Director, SpeechHearing Clinic University of Pittsburgh
1987-1989Clinical Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Communication University of Pittsburgh
1986-1986Acting Director  Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
1983-1987Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
1983-1987Clinical Associate ProfessorDepartment of Speech Pathology and Audiology Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
1982-1987Education CoordinatorDepartment of Communication Disorders Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
1981-1982Visiting Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Communication Sciences and Disorders University of Montana (Missoula, Montana)
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 DurationTitleSponsorAmountStatus
2008-2008Statistical Methods for the Accurate Discrimination of Patterns Indicative of SLI in Spanish- English Bilingual ChildrenUT Southwestern Medical Center Clinical and Translational Science Pilot Award Program$36,000Previous
2007-2008Electrophysiological indices of learning: novel words and inflectional suffixesResearch Initiative grant, UTD School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences$2,500Previous
2002-2005Early otitis and literacy and attention at 9 to 11 yearsNational Institutes of Health, National Institute on Maternal and Child Health.$675,000Previous
1999-2004Speech change in children after traumatic brain injuryNational Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders$1,589,712Previous
2001-2002Child development in relation to early otitis mediaNational Institutes of Health, National Institute on Maternal and Child Health$175,000Previous
1996-2000Child development in relation to early otitis mediaNational Institutes of Health, National Institute on Maternal and Child Health$4,629,089Previous
1994-1998Preparation of speech-language pathologists and audiologists to serve children with complex communication disordersU.S. Department of Education$484,636Current
1993-1998Spoken word recognition in language-impaired childrenNational Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders$350,000Previous
1994-1996Research Supplement for Under-represented Minority Graduate Research AssistantsNational Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders$44,201Current
1991-1996Child development in relation to early otitis mediaNational Institutes of Health, National Institute on Maternal and Child Health$6,371,069Current
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Speech-Language Researcher Awarded Top Honors
UT Dallas News Center

Dr. Christine Dollaghan, a professor in UT Dallas’ School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS), received the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) top award during this fall’s national convention.
 
Dollaghan was selected for Honors of the Association, which recognizes members who have made distinguished contributions to the field of communication sciences and disorders. Recipients have earned the respect of colleagues around the world for long careers of innovative and insightful research, impressive clinical practice, outstanding teaching or for other significant accomplishments.
 
Dollaghan conducts research and teaches at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders. She has played a leading role in shaping evidence-based practice in communication disorders, chairing ASHA’s Research and Scientific Affairs Committee and the Advisory Committee on Evidence-based Practice. Dollaghan’s Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders is widely used by researchers, clinicians, faculty and students.

Research Aims for Better Diagnosis of Language Impairments
UT Dallas News Center

Recent studies by a UT Dallas researcher aim at finding better ways to diagnose young children with language impairments.
Dr. Christine Dollaghan, a professor at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders and the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, is author of a paper in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. The study evaluated data collected from a large sample of about 600 children. Some of the participants had specific language impairments, or SLI. She wanted to deterimine whether SLI should be regarded as a discrete diagnostic category.
 
As in the earlier investigation, she found the 6-year-olds with SLI did not represent a distinct group with unique characteristics Instead, they fell at the lower end of a continuous distribution of language skills.
 
The results of the study could help in developing diagnostic protocols for children with language impairment and tailoring treatments to the characteristics of individual children. Dollaghan said the categorical-continuous question is being examined by investigators interested in many other diagnostic categories, including autism, schizophrenia and ADHD.

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Professional Activities and Honors
  • Chair, Science Advisory Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2008-present
  • Chair, Advisory Committee on Evidence-Based Practice of ASHA, 2005-2008
  • Consultant, Canadian Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs project on culturally and linguistically appropriate assessment , 2007-present
  • Chair, Research and Scientific Affairs Committee of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2001-2004
  • Member, Joint Coordinating Committee on Evidence-Based Practice, ASHA, 2004
  • Marden Fellow, University of Hong Kong, 2004
  • Member, National Outcomes Measurement Survey Task Force, ASHA, 2003-2004
  • Member, Data Safety Monitoring Committee, National Institutes of Health, 2001-2005
  • Member ad hoc, NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Clinical Trials Review Committee, 2002
  • Member, NIH Behavioral and Biobehavioral Processes Subcommittee 3,1999-2002
  • Associate Editor - Language, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 1995-1998
  • Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 1998
  • Member, NIH Human Development and Aging Subcommittee 3, 1998-1999
  • Member ad hoc, NIH Human Development and Aging Subcommittee 1, 1996, 1997
  • Reviewer ad hoc, NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2009
  • Reviewer ad hoc, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; The Wellcome Trust Neurosciences Section (United Kingdom); United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation
  • Reviewer ad hoc, Bamford-Lahey Foundation research scholarship competition; American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation New Century Scholars Competition; University of Texas-Southwestern Clinical and Translational Science Initiative Pilot Grant Program
  • Member, National Advisory Board, Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999-present
  • Chair, Program Committee on Language Science, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, 1989; member, 1985, 1993, 1997, 2000
  • Reviewer, Society for Research in Child Development 2001 Biennial Meeting
  • Member, Review Committee, Arlene Matkin Student Scholarship Competition, American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, 1990-92, 1998, 1999
  • Chair, Program Committee, Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980
  • Editorial Consultant: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research; American Journal of Speech-Language-Pathology, Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention

Personal Statement
Chris Dollaghan completed her BA in linguistics at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) and her MA and PhD in communicative disorders at the University of Montana and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively. She was a professor at the University of Pittsburgh prior to joining the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences in 2006. She received the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2012.

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