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    Nancy Scherer, PhD, CCC-SLP

    Speech-Language Pathologist (602) 406-3560

    Dr. Nancy Scherer is a speech-language pathologist at the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center. She earned her PhD in language development-disorders from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1980. She obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Dr. Scherer has spent much of her career in academia. She spent 21 years at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, starting as an associate professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and eventually becoming the founding dean of the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences. She moved to Arizona, where she has held the role of professor and chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Arizona State University in Tempe.

    She has authored numerous publications and received many research grants. Dr. Scherer’s current research and clinical interests include models of early speech and language intervention for children with craniofacial conditions, speech assessment methods for children under 3 years of age, parent training models for early speech and language intervention, and international application of early speech and language intervention for children with clefts.

    To request an appointment at the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center, please call (602) 406-3560.

    Education & Training
    • Fellowship, University of Washington, Language Development-Disorders, 1977-1980
    • PhD, University of Washington, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Language Development-Disorders, 1980
    • MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Speech-Language Pathology, 1972
    • BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Speech-Language Pathology, 1971
    Professional Memberships
    • Velocardiofacial Foundation
    • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
    • Society for Research in Child Development
    • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    Honors and Awards
    • Fellow in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2014
    • Research Award, College of Public and Allied Health, ETSU, 1998
    • MCHS Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Washington, 1977-1980
    • Research Traineeship, University of Wisconsin, 1971-1972
    • Graduated with Distinction, University of Wisconsin, 1971
    Selected Publications
    1. Scherer NJ, Speech Therapy Where There Are No Speech Therapists” Task F. Speech therapy where there are no speech therapists: the task force for the american cleft palate-craniofacial association. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. Nov 2014;51(6):e135-137.
    2. Scherer NJ, Boyce S, Martin G. Pre-linguistic children with cleft palate: growth of gesture, vocalization, and word use. Int J Speech Lang Pathol. Dec 2013;15(6):586-592.
    3. Scherer NJ, Oravkinova Z, McBee MT. Longitudinal comparison of early speech and language milestones in children with cleft palate: a comparison of US and Slovak children. Clin Linguist Phon. Jul 2013;27(6-7):404-418.
    4. Scherer NJ, Williams L, Stoel-Gammon C, Kaiser A. Assessment of Single-Word Production for Children under Three Years of Age: Comparison of Children with and without Cleft Palate. Int J Otolaryngol. 2012;2012:724214.
    5. Scherer NJ, Williams AL, Proctor-Williams K. Early and later vocalization skills in children with and without cleft palate. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. Jun 2008;72(6):827-840.
    6. Scherer NJ, D’Antonio LL, McGahey H. Early intervention for speech impairment in children with cleft palate. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. Jan 2008;45(1):18-31.
    7. D’Antonio LL, Scherer NJ, Miller LL, Kalbfleisch JH, Bartley JA. Analysis of speech characteristics in children with velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS) and children with phenotypic overlap without VCFS. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. Sep 2001;38(5):455-467.
    8. Scherer NJ, D’Antonio LL, Rodgers JR. Profiles of communication disorder in children with velocardiofacial syndrome: comparison to children with Down syndrome. Genet Med. Jan-Feb 2001;3(1):72-78.
    9. Scherer NJ, D’Antonio LL, Kalbfleisch JH. Early speech and language development in children with velocardiofacial syndrome. Am J Med Genet. Dec 15 1999;88(6):714-723.
    10. Scherer NJ, D’Antonio LL. Parent questionnaire for screening early language development in children with cleft palate. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. Jan 1995;32(1):7-13.

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