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Joann Benigno

Joann Benigno
Associate Professor and Division Director


· PhD, Psychology, University of Florida, 2004

· MA, Speech-Language Pathology, University of Florida, 2005

· MS, Psychology, University of Florida, 1999

· BA, Psychology, College of the Holy Cross, 1997

Research/Professional Interests

· Child Language Development and Disorders

· Autism Spectrum Disorder

· Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Practice

· Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Teaching Experience

· CSD 3100: Language Development

· CSD 6020: Child Language Disorders I: Birth to Five

· CSD 6130: Speech Sound Development and Disorders

· CSD 6900: Counseling in Communication Sciences and Disorders

· IHS 3934/5934: Experiential Learning

Clinical Experience

· Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2007-present.

· Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, State of Ohio, 2007-present.

Publications (select)

· Benigno, J. P., McCarthy, J. W., Reese, P. B., Wright, B. M., & Tewanger, C. (in

press). Graduate students’ perspectives on integrating clinical experiences and coursework on autism spectrum disorder: a pilot study. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.

· Wright, B. M., Benigno, J. P., Boster, J.B., Coologhan, B.K., & McCarthy, J. W.

(in press). Tell me about your picture:” Using drawings to support expressive language in children with autism. Communication Disorders Quarterly.

· Benigno, J. P., Taylor, S., Hamm, H. L., Wright, B. M. & McCarthy, J. W. (in press).

Training university students about autism spectrum disorder through outreach to school-based speech-language pathologists. Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders.

· Wright, B. M. & Benigno, J. P. (2019). Autism spectrum disorder and sibling

relationships: Exploring implications for intervention using a family systems framework. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 28, 759-767.

· McCarthy, J. W., Benigno, J. P., Broach, J., Boster, J. B., & Wright, B. M. (2018).

Identification and drawing of early concepts in children with autism spectrum disorder and children without disabilities. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 35, 155-165.

· Benigno, J. P., McCarthy, J. W., Taylor, S., Wright, B., & Lee, C.-Y. (2018). Training

graduate and undergraduate students about autism through community outreach to families. Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders,3(1), 1-16.

· Brown, L., Benigno, J.P., & Geist, K. (2018). Come together: Music therapy and

speech-language pathology students’ perspectives on collaboration during an inclusive

camp for children with autism spectrum disorders. Music Therapy Perspectives, 36, 17-25.

· Tompkins, V., Benigno, J. P., Lee, B., & Wright, B. (2018). Parents’ mental state talk

and children’s theory of mind: a meta-analysis. Social Development, 27, 223-246.

· Boster, J. B., Benigno, J. P., & McCarthy, J. W. (2017). New models, same principles:

using language development theories to drive the design of supportive augmentative

and alternative communication systems. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 2, 40-54.

· Farrar, M. J., Benigno, J. P., Tompkins, V., & Gage, N. (2017). Are there different

pathways to explicit false belief understanding? general language and complementation

in typical and atypical children. Cognitive Development, 43, 49-66.


· Co-Principal Investigator: Ohio Arts Council: Arts Next. Unlocking Music Potential Across the Lifespan. $10,697; 2019.

· Co-Principal Investigator: Ohio University Baker Fund. Title: Camp R.O.C.K.: Reaching Out and Connecting Kids. $10,905; 2017.

· Principal Investigator: Training future SLPs about autism through outreach to school SLPs in rural Appalachia. Autism Speaks Local Grants Program. $5,000; 2016.

· Co-Investigator: The arts research teaching and service learning lab (ARTS Lab). Planning grant-innovative pilot projects. $19,931; 2015.

· Principal Investigator: 1804 Fund, Ohio University. Title: Enhancing Undergraduate Student Learning Through the Construction of Evidence-Based Materials to Families of Children with Autism with Graduate Student and Faculty Mentorship. $20,700; 2014.

Awards and Honors

· Bruning Teaching Academy Fellow, Ohio University, 2019-2020.

· Recipient, Outstanding Mentor Award, Cutler Scholars Program, Ohio University, 2016, 2019.

· Recipient, Outstanding Tutor Award, Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University, 2017.

· Finalist, Ohio University Presidential Teacher Award, Ohio University, 2017.

· Recipient, Outstanding Mentor Award, Cutler Scholars Program, Ohio University. AY 2015-2016.

· Finalist, College of Health Sciences and Professions Outstanding Teaching Award, 2016.

· Recipient, Lee Cibrowski Faculty Advising and Mentoring Award, Ohio University, 2015.

University/Professional Service

· Coordinator of Professional Programs, Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2013-present

· First Year Council University Standing Committee. Co-Chair 2015-2019.

· Selection Panel Member, Cutler Scholars Program. 2016; 2018.

· CHSP Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2018-present

· Review Committee, Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups. 2018-present.

· Editorial Board Member, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 2018-present.