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Allison Dawn Breit-Smith

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 260B Teachers College
Tel: 513-556-7119
Email: sma5@ucmail.uc.edu
Web: http://cech.uc.edu/education/srcl.html

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2007 (Speech-Language Pathology).
  • Masters of Arts, University of Akron, Akron, OH, 1998 (Speech-Language Pathology).
  • Bachelor of Science, Ohio University, Athen, OH, 1996 (Hearing and Speech Sciences).

Research Information

Research Support

  • (Principal Investigator), Allison Breit-Smith, Accelerating Fictional Narrative Knowledge in Preschoolers through Shared Book Reading Intervention, University Research Council. $6,500. 2010. Status: Active.
  • (Co-Investigator), Laura Justice (PI), Stephen Petrill, & Allison Breit-Smith, Language Growth and Therapy Characteristics for Early Elementary Students , U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. 1,982,948. 2009 to 2012. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Smith, Allison, Related Services Special Education Research USDE/IES, Department of Education. (RF01166489 / R324A090012), $17,982.00. 06-01-2009 to 02-28-2012. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Guo, Ying; Prendeville, Jo-Anne; Smith, Allison; Swoboda, Christopher, Developing an Expository Book Reading Intervention for Preschool Children with Language Impairment, Department of Education. (R324A130205), $331,948.00. 07-01-2013 to 06-30-2017. Status: Active.
  • (Collaborator), Guo, Ying; Kelcey, Benjamin; Smith, Allison; Swoboda, Christopher, Exploration of Writing Instruction for Kindergarten Children, Institute of Education Sciences. (R305A160253), $389,840.00. 07-01-2016 to 06-30-2020. Status: Awarded.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Cabell, S., Lomax, R., Breit-Smith, A., Justice, L., Skibbe, L., & McGinty, A (In Press). Emergent literacy profiles of preschool-aged children with specific language impairment. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
  • McGinty, A., Breit-Smith, A., Fan, X, Justice, L., & Kaderavek, J. (In Press). Does Intensity Matter? Preschoolers’ print knowledge development within a classroom-based intervention. Early Childhood Research Quarterly.
  • Glenn-Applegate., K., Breit-Smith, A., Justice, L., & Piasta, S. (2010). Artfulness in young children’s spoken narratives. Early Education and Development, 21, 468-493.
  • Breit-Smith, A., Cabell, S.Q. & Justice, L.M. (2010). Home literacy experiences and early childhood disability: A descriptive study using the National Household Education Surveys (NHES) Program Database. Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, 41, 96-107.
  • Justice, L. M., Breit-Smith, A., & Rogers, M. (2010). Data recycling: Using existing databases to increase research capacity. Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, 41, 39-43.
  • Breit-Smith, A., Justice, L., McGinty, A., & Kaderavek, J. (2009). How often and how much? Intensity of print referencing intervention . Topics in Language Disorders, 29, 360-369.
  • Breit-Smith, A., & Murray, D. (2009). Conversation skills group training for children with High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome. Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, 16, 48-54.
  • Cabell, S.Q., McGinty, A.M., Breit, A, & Justice, L.M. (2008). Designing quality tier one learning environments for emergent and early readers. Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, 15, 4-12.
  • Justice, L.M. & Breit-Smith, A. (2008). Evidence-based practice: Where do we go from here. Hearsay, 19, 23-24.
  • Sickman, L. & Smith, A. (2006). Building a book reading program in an urban head start. Hearsay, 18, 38-42.

Published Books

  • Cabell, S.Q., Justice, L.M., Kaderavek, J., Pence, K., Breit-Smith, A. (2008). (In Press). Emergent Literacy: Lessons for Success. Plural Publishing, Inc.

Book Chapters

  • Breit-Smith, A., & Justice, L. M. (2010). (In Press). Building emergent literacy skills. Quality Literacy Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Shawn Mission, Kansas: Autism Asperger.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Breit-Smith, A (2010). How Much is Enough? Insight on Questions of Intervention Intensity Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association, Columbus, Ohio.

Paper Presentations

  • Breit-Smith, A (2011). Parental Input of Narrative Story Grammar Elements during Shared Book Reading with Preschoolers, Montreal, Canada.

Poster Presentations

  • Breit-Smith, A., Murray, D., & Molloy, C (2009). Effects of a Clinic-Based Conversation Skills Group Training Program on Children with High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome International Meeting for Autism Research, Chicago, IL.
  • Cabell, S., Lomax, R., Breit-Smith, A., Justice, L., McGinty, A., & Skibbe, L (2008). Emergent Literacy Profiles of Preschool-Aged Children with Specific Language Impairment Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.
  • Breit-Smith, A., Murray, D., Prendeville, J., Kretschmer, R. & Molloy, C (2008). The Effects of a Clinic-Based Conversation Skills Group Training Program on Children with High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.
  • Smith, A., Prendeville, J. & van Kleeck, A (2006). Middle Class Families’ Attention to Story Grammar During Book Reading American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Miami, FL.
  • Smith, A. & Prendeville, J. (2005). Book Reading Interactions: Children with Language Delays and Favorite Books American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, San Diego, CA.
  • Smith, A. & Garrett, J (2005). Developing Leaders through Literacy Research American Speech-Language-Hearing Association School Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Smith, A. & Conrad, B (2004). Language and Literacy: A Pilot Program of Collaboration between an SLP and 1st Grade Teachers Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention,, Columbus, OH.

Honors & Awards

  • , 2008. Mayor Paul National Travel Award, Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders (SRCLD) .
  • , 2007. Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award, American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) .
  • , 2005 to 2007. Graduate Assistant, University Graduate Scholarship, College of Education, University of Cincinnati Fully funded university graduate scholarship .
  • , 2003 to 2005. Trainee, US Department of Education Literacy Leadership Grant, College of Allied Health Sciences, University of Cincinnati Fully funded graduate scholarship .
  • , 2003 to 2003. Honoree, Ohio Speech-Language Pathology and Educational Audiology Coalition Conference One of six professionals to star in statewide recruitment video for speech-language pathologists: “Don’t Miss the Bus! Communication Happens in the Schools” campaign .
  • , 1996 to 1998. Graduate Assistant, University Graduate Scholarship, University of Akron .

Experience & Service

Service

  • Reviewer, Early Childhood Research Quarterly 2010
  • Committee Member, Language and Learning in School-Age Children and Adolescents Program Committee , 2010
  • Committee Member, Ohio School Speech Pathology Educational Audiology Coalition, 2010
  • Guest Co-Editor, Special Clinical Forum: Perspectives from the Field of Early Childhood Special Education 2008
  • Reviewer, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 2008
  • Reviewer, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 2008
  • Reviewer, Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools 2008
  • Reviewer, Plural Publishing, Inc 2007
  • Committee Member, Committee Member, School of Education Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee to revise guidelines 2010
  • Program Coordinator, University of Cincinnati Literacy Center 2009

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association,
  • Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association,
  • Ohio Speech Pathology Educational Audiology Coalition,