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Allison Hatcher, PhD, CCC-SLP
Allison Hatcher, PhD, CCC-SLP
- Assistant Professor
  • CD 481 - Normal Speech and Language Development
  • CD 483 - Articulation and Phonology Disorders
  • CD 485 - Assessment in Communication Disorders
  • SLP 513 - Cognitive Communication Disorders
  • SLP 558 - Interprofessional Practice Across the Lifespan
  • SLP 572 - Contemporary Issues (Telepractice for SLP)
  • SLP 590 - Graduate Clinical Internship

Allison Hatcher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). She has been with the department since 2009 when she began as an adjunct clinical educator. Dr. Hatcher completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at WKU and her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kentucky in 2017.

Dr. Hatcher is a speech-language pathologist certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and licensed by the Kentucky Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Dr. Hatcher has over 15 years of clinical experience in providing evaluation and treatment services to individuals with a variety of communication disorders. She has worked in a variety of settings including private and public schools, acute care and long-term care facilities, outpatient rehabilitation services, private practice, and home-based, early intervention services. Dr. Hatcher has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses for the CSD Department at WKU. She also served as a program leader for Hanen Parent Program at the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU and still works collaboratively with other universities and agencies on related research projects.

Her research and clinical work, both here and abroad, has largely focused on caregiver-implemented language interventions for young children with or at risk for language impairment. Dr. Hatcher is passionate about providing family-centered services as well as training and empowering both university students and families to implement effective and evidence-based treatment strategies with children who have communication disorders.

Dr. Hatcher is experienced in telepractice; she was trained in 2018 by an American Telemedicine Association approved program in Maine. She is currently conducting research on clinical education in telepractice for SLP. Dr. Hatcher also has a Graduate Certificate in Telehealth from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Hatcher is a busy wife and mother to three school-age children. She enjoys an active lifestyle, attending her children’s sporting events, reading, cooking, and traveling abroad for pleasure and short-term mission work.

Research Interests
  • Caregiver-implemented Language Interventions for Children with Language Impairment
  • Training Naturalistic Language Strategies to Parents of Young Children with Autism and Social Communication Difficulties
  • Clinical Education in the University-based Setting
  • Parent-based Language and Literacy Intervention Programs
  • Training Student Clinicians in Telepractice
  • Effective Pedagogy in Telepractice Education for Speech-Language Pathology
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