School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Christine A. Dollaghan


Research Interests

Predicting, diagnosing, preventing and treating communication disorders in children; specific language impairment; pediatric traumatic brain injury; history and philosophy of science

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 214-905-3063
Office: CD_A128
Campus Mail Code: GR41
Website: Speech, Language, Cognition and Communication Lab


Dr. Christine Dollaghan is a leading researcher in the evidence-based practice of communication disorders, the risks and benefits of screening, and the early identification of communication disorders. She also examines the validity and dimensionality of diagnostic categories. Dr. Dollaghan studies word learning and other aspects of speech and language development in children developing typically, and in children with communication disorders. She has chaired and served on numerous committees for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, including the committee on treatment taxonomy, the Science Advisory Board, and the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee. Dr. Dollaghan also has served on numerous National Institutes of Health panels and has been an associate editor of the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. In 2012, she received the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association award. Dr. Dollaghan earned her bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan University, her master’s degree at the University of Montana, and her PhD at the University of Wisconsin.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Yuan H, Dollaghan C. (2018). Measuring the diagnostic features of social (pragmatic) communication disorder: an exploratory study. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 27, 647-656.

Dollaghan, C. (2013). Late Talker as a clinical category. In L. A. Rescorla and P. S. Dale (Eds.), Late Talkers: Language development, intervention, and outcomes, pp. 91-112. Baltimore: Brookes.

Mueller, J. A. & Dollaghan, C. (2013). A systematic review of assessments for identifying executive function impairment in adults with acquired brain injury. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56, 1051-1064.

Campbell, T. F., Dollaghan, C., Janosky, J., Rusiewicz, H. L, Small, S. L., Dick, F., Vick, J., & Adelson, P. D. (2013). Consonant accuracy after severe pediatric traumatic brain injury: A prospective cohort study. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56, 1023-1034.

Xuan, L. & Dollaghan, C. (2013). Language-specific noun bias: evidence from bilingual children. Journal of Child Language, 40, 1057-1075.

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