Cheri Carrico

Cheri S. Carrico, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Professor; NSSLHA Advisor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

B.S., Northern Michigan University
M.A., Western Michigan University
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology

Dr. Carrico is a professor in CSD, the advisor to the award-winning Elmhurst University chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and mentor for speech-language pathology students involved in service learning. She joined the Elmhurst University faculty during the fall of 1996 and directed the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic for 15 years. Prior to coming to Elmhurst University, she worked as an assistant professor at Bowling Green State University and as a speech-language pathologist in hospital, home care, and mental health settings, as well as in private practice, evaluating and treating the communication and feeding disorders of individuals across the lifespan.

She teaches CSD courses in language development, clinical methods and diagnostic procedures, children at risk, and language stimulation and enrichment experiences (working with English language learners at Head Start, children with hearing impairments at Child’s Voice School, and telepractice). She also teaches an FYS course on disabilities, differences, and disorders. Dr. Carrico has supervised and instructed speech-language pathology students who participate in educational experiences in Jamaica, as well as students conducting evaluations and  treatment in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.

Dr. Carrico’s research interests have focused on children at risk for speech, language, and feeding difficulties, particularly those with Cornelia de Lange syndrome and those prenatally exposed to cocaine, as well as the effects of airplane noise as it impacts children’s performance on school-related tasks. She has presented numerous papers at international, national, and state conferences, including annual conventions of ASHA, the Illinois and Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Associations, Perinatal Obstetrics and Gynecology, the national and international Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Associations, and the National Council on Undergraduate Research. Dr. Carrico has published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, SAGE, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Proceedings of the Greenwood Genetics Center, National Council on Undergraduate Research, and Interdisciplinary Health Care Teams. She also has been awarded several clinic and research grants.

She has been awarded both the national NSSLHA Advisor Honors and the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She also was inducted into the de Lange Society. She serves as a member of the Clinical Advisory Board of the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation and a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the International Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Association.

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