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Michelle Therrien

Assistant Professor

413 Warren


  • Ph.D. Communication Sciences & Disorders, The Pennsylvania State University

  • MA Computational Linguistics, University of Washington

  • BA English, Saint Louis University

Research Interests

Increasing quality of life for individuals who use AAC, social interaction and friendship development for individuals who use AAC, interrelationship of motor skills/abilities and language skills and abilities for children with physical disabilities

Teaching Interests

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Developmental Disorders of Communication, Child Language Development, Research Methods

Publications & Research

  • Therrien, M., & Light, J. (2018). Promoting peer interaction for preschool children with complex communication needs and autism spectrum disorder. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 27, 207-221.  doi: 10.1044/2017_AJSLP-17-0104
  • Therrien, M., & Light, J. (2016). Using the iPad to facilitate interaction between preschool children who use AAC and their peers. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 32, 163-174. doi: 10.1080/07434618.2016.1205133 
  • Therrien, M., Light, J., & Pope, L. (2016). Systematic review of the effects of interventions to promote peer interactions for children who use aided AAC. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 32, 81-93. doi: 10.3109/07434618.2016.1146331

Grants & Awards

  • 2017 FSU CRC "Making and Keeping Friends: Perspectives of Individuals Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication"
  • 2015 ASHFoundation Student Researcher Grant in Early Childhood Language Development