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Jennifer M. Seale is an Assistant Professor who teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department. Her academic, research and clinical interests are focused on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) science and practice. Dr. Seale has expertise providing AAC services to diverse client populations (i.e., ALS, Cerebral
Palsy, Locked-In Syndrome, Aphasia, TBI, RHD, Fragile X and Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disabilities Autism &, Early Intervention). Her research aims to inform AAC service delivery and product design using human computer interaction, interaction analysis and mixed-methodology techniques. In addition to these interests, Dr. Seale is devoted to advocacy and public education around important social and systemic issues unique to the AAC community.


  • PhD (2016) State University of New York at Buffalo
  • MS (2007) Duquesne University
  • BS (2006) Duquesne University


  • CSD 130 Introduction of Communication Disorders and Sciences
  • CSD 484 Introduction to Speech Science
  • CSD 689 Motor Speech Disorders
  • (forthcoming) Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Association Memberships

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • ASHA AAC Special Interest Group
  • International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Higginbotham, DJ., Fulcher, K, Seale, J. (2016).¬† Time and Timing in ALS in Interactions Involving Individuals with ALS, Their Unimpaired Partners and their Speech Generating Devices in Martine Smith (ed), Language learning and language use in aided communication. J&R Publishers, London.
  • Higginbotham, J., Fulcher-Rood, K., & Seale, J (2016). Trying to Stay In-Time: Review and Study of SGD Use During In-Person Interaction. Presented at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Toronto, ON.
  • Fulcher, K., Seale, K., & Higginbotham, D. J. (2012). Utilizing the internet to prime word prediction dictionaries for topic specific message construction. Poster presented at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Subrahmanyan, N., Fulcher, K.R., Hutchinson, T. E., Min, H., Seale, J.M., Bisantz, A.M., & Higginbotham, D.J. (2013). Application of Personas in the Design of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 57, No. 1, pp. 1022-1026). SAGE
  • Seale, J. M. (2007). Quantitative Differences in the Conversational Performance of People with Severe Expressive Aphasia Using Three Types of Visual Screen Displays on Speech-generating Devices. ProQuest.
  • Seale, J. M., Garrett, K. L., & Figley, L. (2007, September). Quantitative differences in aphasia interactions with visual scenes AAC displays. Poster presented at the 2007 Clinical AAC Research Conference, Lexington, KY.

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