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Communication Disorders|College of Health Sciences

Mary Jo Cooley Hidecker, PhD, MS, MA, CCC-A/SLP

Assistant Professor

Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Audiology, Epidemiolgy, and Severe Disabilities

M.S., Epidemiology, Michigan State University

Ph.D., Audiology & Speech Science, Michigan State University

M.A., Speech Pathology & Audiology; University of Iowa

B.A., Speech and Hearing Sciences, Pyschology, University of Iowa (307) 766-6098 Health Science Center, Room 247A

Research websites:

Research Interests:

Cerebral palsy, Autism, Early intervention

Epidemiology in communication sciences and disorders   
Family-centered evidence-based practice                                    

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)

Speech, hearing, and language development in individuals with complex communication needs


Developmental Disabilities: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Aural Rehabilitation, Audiology, Acoustics in Speech and Hearing


Refereed Chapters in Books

Hidecker, M. J. C. & Workinger, M. S. (2014). Communication. In B. Dan, M. Mayston, N. Paneth, & L. Rosenbloom (Eds.), Cerebral palsy: Science and clinical practice (pp.543-564, 655-658, 669-676). London: Mac Keith Press.

Reichle, J., Hidecker, M.J.C., Brady, N.C., & Terry, N. (2003). Intervention strategies for communication: Using aided augmentative communication systems. In J.C. Light, D.R. Beukelman, & J. Reichle (Eds.), Communicative competence for individuals who use AAC: From research to effective practice (pp. 441-467). Baltimore: Brookes Publishing.

Refereed Journal Articles

Cunningham, B.J., Rosenbaum, P. & Hidecker, M.J.C. (2015). Promoting consistent use of the Communication Function Classification System (CFCS). Disability and Rehabilitation. Published online March 24, 2015. DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1027009.

Rosenbuam, P., Eliasson, A., Hidecker, M. J. C., Palisano, R. J. (2014). Classification in childhood disabilities: Focusing on function in the 21st century. Journal of Child Neurology, 29(8), 1036-45. DOI: 10.1177/0883073814533008 PMID: 24810083 

Himmelmann, K., Lindh, K., & Hidecker, M. J. C. (2013). Communication ability in cerebral palsy: A study from the CP register of western Sweden. European Journal of Paediatric Neurology, 17(6), 568-74.  doi: 10.1016/j.ejpn.2013.04.005  PMID:23672835

Hidecker, M.J.C., Ho, N.T., Dodge, N., Hurvitz, E., Slaughter, J., Workinger, M.S., Kent, R.D., Rosenbaum, P., Lenski, M., Messaros, B.M., VanderBeek, S.B., DeRoos, S., Paneth, N. (2012). Inter-relationships of functional status in cerebral palsy: Analyzing Gross Motor Function, Manual Ability, and Communication Function Classification Systems in children. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 54(8), 737-742. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2012.04312.x. PMC3393796

Hidecker, M.J.C., Paneth, N., Rosenbaum, P.L., Kent, R.D., Lillie, J., Eulenberg, J.B., Chester, K., Johnson, B., Michalsen, L., Evatt, M., & Taylor, K.  (2011). Developing and validating the Communication Function Classification System (CFCS) for individuals with cerebral palsy, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 53(8), 704-710. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2011.03996.x  PMC3130799

Hidecker, M.J.C. (2010). AAC use by young children at home. Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 19(1), 5-11.

Haak, P., Lenski, M., Hidecker, M.J.C., Li, M., & Paneth, N. (2009). Cerebral palsy and aging, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 51(Suppl.4), 16-23, doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2009.03428.x.

Hidecker, M.J.C., Jones, R.S., Imig, D.R., & Villarruel, F.A. (2009). Using family paradigms to improve evidence-based practice. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 18(3), 212-221.

Hidecker, M.J.C. (2008). Noise-induced hearing loss in school-aged children: What do we know? Seminars in Hearing, 29(1), 19-28.

Invited commentary:

Hidecker, M. J. C. (2014). Speaking the same language: Genetics and communication disorders. Invited commentary on Simpson et al., Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 56(4), 299-300. doi: 10.1111/ j.1469-8749.2011

Hidecker, M. J. C. (2011). Describing hearing in cerebral palsy. Invited commentary on S.M. Reid et al., Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 53, 977-978. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2011.04101.x

Hidecker, M.J.C. (2010). Communication activity and participation research: Invited commentary on J. Voorman et al., Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 52(5), 408-409.

Hidecker, M.J.C. (2010). Early AAC intervention: Some international perspectives. Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 19(1), 3-4.

Hidecker, M.J.C. (2010). Building the evidence for communication interventions: Invited commentary on ‘Increasing the speech intelligibility of older children with dysarthria and cerebral palsy, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 52(4), 316-317.  doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2009.03389.x.

Affiliation, Associations, Consultation:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
including current Special Interest Group (SIG): 
SIG 1       Language Learning & Education
SIG 2       Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech
SIG 5       Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders
SIG 10     Issues in Higher Education
SIG 12     Augmentative and Alternative Communication
SIG 17     Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders

United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC)/
International Society for AAC (ISAAC)

American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM)

International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP)

Wyoming Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Member, Wyoming Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EDHI) Program Advisory Board, 2014-present

Consultant, Communication, Second Stage Assessment, Child Disability, UNICEF

Affiliated Faculty, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Michigan State University

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