Lab Director

CLaSS Lab Director: Dr. Kelly Farquharson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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Curriculum vitae

B.A. University of Pittsburgh, 2003
M.S. Penn State University, 2005
Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2012


Dr. Farquharson is a speech-language pathologist, assistant professor, and director of the Children’s Literacy and Speech Sound (CLaSS) lab at Emerson College. She studies the cognitive, linguistic, orthographic, and environmental factors that influence how children with speech and language disorders acquire literacy skills. One line of work has examined how working memory, language, and orthography may influence children’s abilities to learn new words, read, and achieve age-appropriate speech production. A related line of work has examined how speech therapy-level variables, such as SLPs’ stress, therapy quality, and IEP goals, may affect the outcomes seen in children with speech and language impairments. As a former school-based SLP, she is interested in determining how these lines of work can be used to create better assessments and treatments for SLPs to use in serving this population of children. Her research is published in the American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, Journal of Communication Disorders, Frontiers in Educational Psychology, Seminars in Speech and Language, Evidence-Based Practice Briefs,and Perspectives in School-Based Issues.

Dr. Farquharson is currently the president of the Massachusetts Speech Language Hearing Association.  She has been an active member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) since she was an undergraduate student and has served many leadership roles at the state and national level. Currently, she is a member of the ASHA Convention Planning Committee in the area of Speech Sound Disorders, a member of the Professional Development committee for ASHA’s SIG 16 (School-Based Issues), the Vice President of Education and Planning for the Massachusetts Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, and is an ad hoc reviewer for several journals.

Dr. Farquharson offers graduate courses on preschool language disorders, speech sound disorders, and literacy disorders. Her research activities are open to Emerson students who want to become engaged in clinical research exploring the literacy trajectories for children who have speech and language disorders.


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