Residential Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Vicki Samelson, Coordinator of the Residential Graduate Program, joined our department in January of 2009. She earned her bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in Speech Pathology and Audiology and her master's degree in Communicative Disorders from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Samelson worked for eight years in Illinois in the public schools and in a program for preschool to fifth-grade children with hearing impairment. She also provided clinical supervision and worked in private practice in Illinois, and served as a literacy volunteer and tutor in the Iowa Quad Cities before earning her doctoral degree at the University of Iowa. Currently Dr. Samelson teaches courses in language development &disorders, language assessment, phonetics, and diverse populations, and supervises graduate clinicians as they conduct assessments in the Human Development Center interdisciplinary clinic. She is also active in faculty-student research collaborations and mentors graduate students' master's thesis research. Her current research interests include language comprehension processes, children's math problem-solving strategies, and evidence-based language interventions that can be implemented in classroom, home, and therapy settings.