Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Vicki Samelson joined our department in January of 2009. In May of 2009 she completed her doctoral degree at the University of Iowa, with an emphasis in language processing and child language acquisition and disorders. Dr. Samelson earned her baccalaureate degree from Illinois State University in Speech Pathology and Audiology and her master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in Communication Disorders.
Dr. Samelson worked for eight years in Illinois in the public schools and in a program for preschool – 5th grade children with hearing impairment. She has also worked as a clinical supervisor and in private practice in Illinois, and served as a literacy volunteer and a tutor in the Iowa Quad Cities.
Currently Dr. Samelson teaches courses in language acquisition and intervention and provides clinical supervision for undergraduate and graduate student clinicians in the areas of aural rehabilitation and child phonology, articulation, and language. In the fall of 2009 she also began supervising graduate clinicians as they conduct assessments in the interdisciplinary Human Development Center. Her current research interests include language comprehension processes, children’s problem solving strategies, and evidence-based language interventions that can be implemented in classroom, home, and therapy settings.