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Communication Disorders|College of Health Sciences

Douglas B. Petersen, PhD., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor
Child Language & Literacy

B.A. Utah State University 1999; M.Ed. 2002; Ph.D. 2009 • (307) 766-6405 • Health Sciences, Room 247A

Research Interests:
Main research interests: Narrative language assessment and intervention, language progress monitoring, the identification of early reading difficulty, dynamic assessment,. Dr. Petersens research has focused on the feasibility, efficacy, and effectiveness of narrative intervention across diverse student populations. He has investigated the extent that narratives can be used to assess language, with a particular interest in the use of narratives as a means of monitoring language progress over time within a response to intervention framework. Additionally, Dr. Petersen has investigated the use of dynamic assessment to identify reading and language impairment in children, including those children who are culturally and linguistically diverse.

Assessment and Diagnostic Procedures in Communication Disorders, Language Disorders Across the Lifespan, Stuttering, Multicultural Aspects

Affiliations, Associations, Consultation:

American speech-Language Hearing ASsociation (ASHA)

ASHA Special Interest Division: Language Learning and Education

ASHA Special Interest Division: Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and LInguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations

 ASHA Special Interest Division: School-Based Issues

Recent Presentation Handouts:

Petersen, D. B. (2014, March). Using Narrative Assessment for Eligibility, Progress Monitoring, and Intervention Planning. Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) Conference, Williamsburg, VA.

Petersen, D. B. (2014, March). Multi-tiered oral narrative language intervention. Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) Conference, Kalamazoo, MI.



Gillam, R. B. & Petersen, D. B. (in press). Language disorders in school-age children. In R. B. Gillam, T. P. Marquardt, & F. N. Martin (Eds.), Introduction to communication sciences and disorders: From science to clinical practice (2nd ed., pp. 437-459). 


Spencer, T. D., Petersen, D. B., & Gillam, S. L. (2008). Picture exchange communication system (PECS) or sign language: An evidence-based decision making example. Teaching Exceptional Children, 41(2), 40-47.

Petersen, D. B., Gillam, S.L., & Gillam, R. B. (2008). Emerging procedures in narrative assessment:  The index of narrative complexity.  Topics in Language Disorders, 28 (2), 111-126. (data-based).

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