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Kathryn D. R. Drager
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Department
  • Research and Graduate Studies
  • Administration
  • Administration
  • Graduate Education
  • Administration
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders - CSD
  • Graduate Faculty
  • HHD Central Administration
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Education
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1999
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Office Address
329 Health and Human Development Building
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Fax
814-865-3282
Professional Credentials

Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Grants and Research Projects

My research interests focus on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for children and adults with severe disabilities. Specifically, my research interests include AAC for individuals with severe expressive communication disorders, especially for children, adolescents, and adults with severe disabilities who are at the beginning stages of communication, including children with autism. I am also interested in issues faced by the global community in AAC. I study the role that AAC technologies play in human interaction, and am interested in our ability to harness environmental or personal information to increase access to relevant vocabulary and concepts, and thus to decrease the communication burden and demand on individuals with severe communication disabilities.