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Our Faculty and Staff - Allan B. Smith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

(207) 581-2036Dr. Allan Smith
allan.b.smith@umit.maine.edu

Allan B. Smith is Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr. Smith’s research focuses on acoustic measurement of speech in children. In particular, he studies the timing of brief speech events such as syllables, words, and pauses in order to better understand typical and atypical speech development. Projects have included studies of word duration in children with delayed speech, and speech timing in toddlers who were later identified as reading disabled. Currently, Dr. Smith and his students (e.g., Megan Jackins and Alise DeMaris) are examining issues related to measurement of utterance length in language samples. The goal is to provide early indications of speech, language, and reading disorders, and a better understanding of how to remediate these problems.

Education

  • Ph.D. 2002 University of Connecticut (Communication Science)
  • M.S. 1996 Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (Speech-Language Pathology)

Courses

  • CSD 383 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • CSD 484 Introduction to Speech Science
  • CSD 601 Seminar in Research Methods

Association Memberships

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Smith, A. B. & Jackins, M. (2014). Relationship between longest utterances and later MLU in late talkers. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 28, 3, 143-152.
  • Smith, A. B. & Robb, M. P. (2013). Factors underlying short-term F0 changes during vocal onset and offset. Speech, Language, and Hearing, 16, 4, 208-214.
  • Ranalli, A. R. & Smith, A. B. (2012, November). Longest Utterances In a Language Sample: Measurement and Interpretation. Poster Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA.
  • Higgins, K. P., & Smith, A. B. (2012). Incidence of Voice Disorders in University Teaching Faculty. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 39, 69-75.
  • Smith, A. B., Hall, N. E., Tan, X., & Farrell, K. (2011). Speech timing and pausing in children with specific language impairment. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 25, 2, 145-154.
  • Smith, A. B., Lambrecht Smith, S., Locke, J. L., & Bennett, J. (2008). A longitudinal study of speech timing in young children later found to have reading disability. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 51, 1300-1314.
  • Smith, A. B., Locke, J. L., & Farkas, L. (2008). Precursors of dyslexia in early conversational turn exchange. Topics in Language Disorders, 28, 5-14.
  • Smith, A. B., Roberts, J., Lambrecht Smith, S., Bennett, J. & Locke, J. L. (2006). Reduced speaking rate as an early predictor of reading disability. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15, 289-297.
  • Smith, A. B., Farkas, L., Lambrecht Smith, S., & Locke, J. L. (2006, November). Verbal response time in spontaneous speech of toddlers with dyslexia. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Miami, FL.
  • Smith, A. B., & Robb, M. P. (2006). The influence of utterance position on children’s production of lexical stress. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 58, 199-206.
  • Lambrecht Smith, S., Roberts, J., Smith, A. B., & Locke, J. L. (2006, July). Speech gestures in dyslexic children: From babble to words. Paper presented at the International Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Smith, A. B., & Robb, M. P. (2006, May). Phonetic and physiological factors affecting voicing onset and offset. Paper presented at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference. Perth, Australia.
  • Smith, A. B., & Robb, M. P. (2005). Durational characteristics of the first productions of trochaic and iambic novel words in children with speech delays. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 19, 1-14.
  • Smith, A. B. (2005, November). Dyslexia and early speaking rate development. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Hall, N. E., Lambrecht Smith, S., Smith A. B., & Walker, J. P. (2005, October). Explorations in research: Evidence-based practice and the clinician-researcher collaborative. Presentation at the fall meeting of the Maine Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Portland, Maine.
  • Smith, A. B., Bennett, J., & Lambrecht Smith (2004, November). Pauses in toddlers’ speech and later dyslexia: A longitudinal analysis. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Smith, A. B. (2003, November). Duration of novel words in children with phonological delay. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Smith, A. B. (2002, November). The influence of utterance position on children’s syllable stress production. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA.
  • Robb, M. P., & Smith, A. B. (2002). Fundamental frequency onset and offset behavior: A comparative study of children and adults. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 45, 446-456.
  • Smith, A. B. (2002). Acoustic characteristics of lexical stress in disyllabic words: A study of normally speaking and speech disordered children. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Connecticut, Storrs.
  • Wolk, L., Blomgren, M., & Smith, A. B. (2000). The frequency of simultaneous disfluency and phonological errors in children: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 25, 269-281.
  • Condouris, K. C., & Smith, A. B. (1998). Comments on Dagenais, Cox, Southwood, and Smith. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 41, 859-860.
  • Smith, A. B. (1997). A ‘cumulative’ method of quantifying tonal consonance in musical key contexts. Music Perception, 15, 175-188.


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