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Communication Disorders

College of Health Sciences

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

Photo of Dr. Mary Jo Hidecker.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:

All About Communication (AAC) Lab

Communication Function Classification System downloads

AAC Lab Blogs

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

Speech and communication in Parkinson's disease


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


Refereed Journal Articles

Di Rezze, B., Rosenbaum, P., Zwaigenbaum, L., Hidecker, M.J.C., Stratford, P., Cousins, M., Camden, C. and Law, M. (2016), Developing a classification system of social communication functioning of preschool children with autism spectrum disorder. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.  Published online May 17, 2016 doi: 10.1111/dmcn.13152.

Vander Zwart, K.E., Geytenbeek, J.J.M., de Kleijn, M., Oostrom, K.J., Gorter, J.W., Hidecker, M.J.C., & Vermeulen, R.J. (2016) Reliability of the Dutch-language version of the Communication Function Classification System and its association with language comprehension and method of communication.  Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 58(2), 180-188. Publichsed online July 1, 2015. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn. 12839.

Cunningham, B.J., Rosenbaum, P. & Hidecker, M.J.C. (2016). Promoting consistent use of the Communication Function Classification System (CFCS). Disability and Rehabilitation38(2), 195-204. 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.

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.jC. Light, D.R. Beukelman, & J. Reichle (Eds), Communicative competence for individuals who use AAC: From research to effective practice (pp. 441-467). Baltimore: Brooks Publishing.

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)

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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