The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Anne E. van Kleeck

Callier Center for Communication Disorders Research Scholar

Research Interests

Understanding, measuring, and fostering the specific kinds of preschool oral language skills that are critical to later academic success (academic talk)

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 214-905-3147
Office: CD_A131
Campus Mail Code: CD10
Website: Language and Literacy Laboratory


Dr. Anne Van Kleeck is one of the foremost researchers in establishing the importance of, creating a conceptual framework for, and conducting research related to preschoolers academic language skills that are foundational for later reading comprehension and more general academic success. Dr. Van Kleeck is also known for the development of integrative conceptual frameworks for metalinguistic development, language and preliteracy development and socialization in the home, and cultural variation in parent-child interaction. In 2018, she was awarded the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the highest honor bestowed in her discipline. She is also a Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, and has won numerous awards, including the 2011 Dina Feitelson Research Award from the International Reading Association for an article published in the Reading Research Quarterly, the Educator of the Year Award from the Dallas Association for the Education of Young Children in 2015, and the Editor’s Award for the best article in 2014 from the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Dr. Van Kleeck earned her bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Buffalo, her master’s degree from Columbia University, and her doctoral degree in Speech & Hearing Science from the University of Washington.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications


DeBruin, A., van Kleeck, A. & Gear, S. B. (Eds.) (2015). Developing early comprehension: Laying the foundation for reading success. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Schwarz, A. L., van Kleeck, A., Beaton, D., Horne, E., McKenzie, H., & Abdi, H. (2015). A read-aloud storybook selection system for pre-readers at the preschool language level: A pilot study. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 58, 1273 — 1291.

van Kleeck, A. (2014). Distinguishing between casual talk and academic talk beginning in the preschool years: An important consideration for speech-language pathologists. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 23, 724-741.

van Kleeck, A. (2014). Intervention activities and strategies for promoting academic language in preschoolers and kindergartners. Journal of Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies & Hearing Aids, 2; 13 pages (open access doi: 10.4172/2375-4427.1000126).

van Kleeck, A., Lange, A. & Schwarz, A.L. (2011). The effects of race and maternal education level on children’s retells of the Renfrew Bus Story — North American Edition. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54, 1546 — 1561.