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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:

Dr. Petersen is a certified speech-language pathologist with several years of clinical and research experience. His research is driven by a desire to greatly increase the prevalence of academic success for all children, including those who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Specifically, Dr. Petersen’s research has focused on the identification, validation, and empirical testing of preventative and effective methods of assessment and intervention for reading and language, with two major strands of research that are distinct yet highly inter-connected; early reading assessment using dynamic assessment, and language assessment and intervention using dynamic assessment, progress monitoring procedures, and multi-tiered systems of supports using narrative language.

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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