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

Associate Professor, University of Kentucky - Communication Sciences and Disorders
900 S. Limestone #124J
Lexington, KY 40506


Mary Jo Cooley Hidecker, Ph.D., CCC-A/SLP is a speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and epidemiologist. Her clinical experience in managing complex communication disorders led her to clinical research. She is an assistant professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wyoming. With a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a M.S. in Epidemiology, Dr. Hidecker wants to improve evidence-based practices, especially in the areas of cerebral palsy and autism. Her research interests include the relationship among effective treatment outcomes and individual and family factors as well as augmentative and alternative communication.

Dr. Hidecker is associated with the Wyoming Institute of Disabilities (WIND) as a key member of the ECHO in assistive technology (AT) hub team as well as one of the lead evaluators for the project. Additionally she is working alongside the WIND faculty and staff to develop training, outreach and services for individuals and families with children with Autism.  


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

van der Zwart, K. E.,  Geytenbeek, J. J. M., de Kleijn, M.., Oostrom, K. J., Gorter, J. W., Hidecker, M. J. C., & Vermeulen, R. J. (2015). The reliability of the Dutch version of the CFCS and the relation between CFCS, language comprehension and method of communication. Develop Med & Child Neurology. Published 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 Rehabilitation. 38(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.

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. 

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

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


Mary Jo Cooley-Hidecker

Mary Jo Cooley Hidecker

Associate Professor

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Phone: (307) 766-2761

Toll Free: (888) 989-9463

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Fax: (307) 766-2763


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