Jennifer M. Seale, PhD, CCC-SLP


343 Dunn Hall

Jennifer M. Seale is an Assistant Professor who teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in our 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 a diverse population, including individuals with ALS, Cerebral Palsy, Locked-In Syndrome, Aphasia, TBI, RHD, Fragile X, Down Syndrome, and Autism. 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 to Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • CSD 484: Introduction to Speech Science
  • CSD 689: Motor Speech Disorders
  • CSD 586: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • CSD 601: Research Methods

Association Memberships

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

Invited Talks – 2020

  • AAC and Remote Learning. Professional development AAC webinar. Maine Autism Institute for Education Research
  • Developmental Pediatrics & AAC workshop at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • AAC in the intensive care unit, acute care and outpatient adult settings: An overview. Continuing education workshop for the Defense Healthcare Agency Speech-language pathologists of the National Capital Region.
  • Assistive Technology Workshop for Maine’s Autism Institute for Education Research (MAIER) professional development series.

Selected Publications 

  • Seale, J., & Usilton, H. Comparing Participant Task Performances on Speech-Generating Devices [Manuscript submitted for publication]. Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Maine.
  • Shane, H., Costello, J., Seale, J., Filcher-Rood, K., Caves, K, Buxton, J., Rose, E., & Higginbotham, J. (in press). AAC in the 21st Century: The Outcome of Technology Advancements and Amended Societal Attitudes in Mihailidis, A. & Smith, R. (Eds), Rehabilitation Engineering: Principles and Practice (Rehabilitation Science in Practice Series). CRC press.
  • Seale, J.M., Bisantz, A., & Higginbotham, D.J. (2020). Interaction symmetry: Assessing augmented and oral speaker performances across four tasks. Augmentative and Alternative Communication. DOI: 10.1080/07434618.2020.1782987
  • Seale, J. M. (2018). Augmentative and alternative communication. (Maine Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Booklet 4: Resource Guide for Maine Families, 2nd ed.). Maine Autism Institute for Education Research.
  • Lapham, K., & Seale, J.M. (2018). The Effect of Voice Gender and Spoken Messages in Augmented Interactions.  Journal of Communication Disorders and Assistive Technology, 2, 1-13.
  • Higginbotham, D.J., Fulcher, K., & Seale, J. (2016). Time and timing in interactions involving individuals with ALS, their unimpaired partners and their speech generating devices. In M. M. Smith, & J. Murray (Eds.), The silent partner? Language, interaction and aided communication. Guildford, UK: J & R Press.
  • 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. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 57(1), 1022-1026.

Selected Presentations

  • Higginbotham, J., Fulcher, K., & Seale, J.M. (2016, August). Trying to Stay In-Time: Review and Study of SGD Use During In-Person Interaction. International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Toronto, ON.
  • Fulcher, K., Seale, J.M., & Higginbotham, D.J. (2012, August). Utilizing the internet to prime word prediction dictionaries for topic specific message construction. International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Seale, J.M., Garrett, K.L., & Figley, L. (2007, September). Quantitative differences in aphasia interactions with visual scene AAC displays. 2007 Clinical AAC Research Conference, Lexington, KY