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Cathy Binger, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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Associate Professor

Email: 
cbinger@unm.edu
Phone: 
(505) 277-4453
Interests: 
augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), child language
External Lab: 
AAC Lab

Curriculum vitae

Profile:

Dr. Binger received her master’s degree from the University of Wyoming and her Ph.D. at Penn State University. She worked for a number of years as a speech-language pathologist before obtaining her Ph.D. Dr. Binger’s primary research interests are twofold: developing and evaluating effective approaches to support the sentence development of children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and working with key communication partners (such as parents and educators) to improve AAC services.

Dr. Binger collaborates closely with Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh of the University of Central Florida on ways to improve AAC outcomes. Their research focuses on helping to ensure that children with severe speech impairments meet their full communicative potential. When children communicate more effectively, they can achieve better educational and social outcomes as well.  For more on this project, visit http://aac-ucf.unm.edu.

Recent/Selected Publications:

Binger, C., Kent-Walsh, J., King, M., & Mansfield, L. (accepted). Early sentence productions of three- and four-year-old children who use augmentative and alternative communication. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Binger, C., Kent-Walsh, J., & King, M. (accepted). Dynamic assessment for three- and four-year old children who use augmentative and alternative communication: Evaluating expressive syntax. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Binger, C., Ragsdale, J., & Bustos, A. (in press). Language sampling for preschoolers with severe speech disorders. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

Binger, C., Kent-Walsh, J., King, M., Webb, E., & Buenviaje, E. (in press). Early sentence productions of five-year-old children who use augmentative and alternative communication. Communication Disorders Quarterlyhttp://doi.org/10.1177/1525740116655804

Kent-Walsh, J., Malani, M., Murza, K., & Binger, C. (2015, invited). Effects of communication partner instruction on the communication of individuals using AAC:  A meta-analysis. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 31, 271-284.

King, M., Binger, C., & Kent-Walsh, J. (2015). Using dynamic assessment to evaluate the expressive syntax of five-year-old children who use augmentative and alternative communication. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 31, 1-15.  DOI: 10.3109/07434618.2014.995779

Kent-Walsh, J., Binger, C., &Buchanan, C. (2015). Teaching children who use augmentative and alternative communication to ask inverted yes-no questions using aided modeling. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 24, 222-236. DOI:10.3109/07434618.2015.1052153

Kent-Walsh, J., Resnick, P. & Binger, C. (2014).  Colin: Supporting communication and language development in a preschooler with complex medical needs. In J. McCarthy & A. Dietz (Eds.). Augmentative and Alternative Communication: An interactive clinical casebook. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.

Binger, C., Ball, L., Dietz, A., Kent-Walsh, J., Lasker, J., Lund, S., McKelvey, M., & Quach, W. (2012).  Personnel Roles in the AAC Assessment Process. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 28, 278-288.

Binger, C., Maguire-Marshall, M., & Kent-Walsh, J. (2011). Using aided AAC models, recasts, and contrastive targets to teach grammatical morphemes to children with developmental delays who use AAC. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54, 160-176.

Binger, C., Kent-Walsh, J., Ewing, C., & Taylor, S. (2010). Teaching educational assistants to facilitate the multi-symbol message productions of young students who require AAC. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 19, 108-120. 

Kent-Walsh, J., Binger, C., & Hasham, Z. (2010). Effects of parent instruction on the symbolic communication of children using AAC during storybook reading. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 19, 97-107.

Kent-Walsh, J., Binger, C., & Malani, M. (2010; invited). Teaching partners to support the communication skills of young children who use AAC: Lessons from the ImPAACT Program. Early Childhood Services, 4 (3), 155-170.