KATHY L. CHAPMAN, PhD portrait
  • Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Research Summary

My early research focused on children with specific language impairment and more recently, on language and phonological development in young children with cleft palate. I am especially interested in the impact of clefting on the developing speech sound system, language skills of children with cleft palate, and the genetic bases of speech and language disorders.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, PH D, Purdue University Main Campus
  • Master of Science, MS, Texas Tech University
  • Bachelor of Science, BS, Texas Tech University


I received a B.S. and M.S. degree from Texas Tech University in Speech-Language Pathology and a Ph.D. in Child Language Development and Disorders from Purdue University.  I began my academic career at the University of Montana and then moved to Case Western Reserve University where I served as Department Chair.  I am currently a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Utah.  I teach classes in phonological disorders in young children, cleft palate, and research methods.  I was the PI on a  multi-centered longitudinal study (funded by the NIH) of speech and language development of young children with cleft palate.  I have an extensive record of scholarly publications and departmental, university, and professional service.