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Michelle MacRoy-Higgins

Communication Sciences

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Dr. MacRoy-Higgins is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences Program at Hunter College. She received her B.S. from the State University of New York College at Geneseo in Communication Sciences and Disorders; M.S. from Adelphi University in Communication Sciences and Disorders; and PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. She is also a Speech-Language Pathologist and holds her permanent teaching certification as a Teacher of Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH).

Description of research:

Dr. MacRoy-Higgins' research focuses on the long-term impact of early language delay in children who are late talkers, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has focused her research on examining how the sound system (phonology) in late talkers contributes to their ability to learn new words.  Additionally, she is interested in developing evidenced-based practices in providing intervention to late talkers. The main goals of her research include:

  • Examining differences in the sound system in children who are late talkers, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Determining the optimal way for late talkers to acquire new words