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Michaela Ritter, Interim Chair

Dr. Ritter

Michaela Ritter, Ed.D.
Interim Chair
Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Ed.D., Baylor University
Michaela_ Ritter@baylor.edu

Michaela J. Ritter
Associate Professor and Interim Chair

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Director of the Language and Literacy Clinic
Baylor University
Waco, Tx. 76798
Phone: 254-710-4745
Michaela_Ritter@baylor.edu

Education

  • B.A. Hardin-Simmons University
  • M.Ed. University of Louisville
  • Ed.D. Baylor University

Academic Interests and Research

Dr. Michaela Ritter is Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Baylor University. Dr. Ritter teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in phonology and child language and literacy disorders in addition to running a research laboratory. Most of her research has focused on the relationship between oral and written language and the identification and intervention of language disorders in the school-age child. She is particularly interested in the impact of oral language on written language in children with specific language impairment (SLI). In addition to running a research laboratory, she is also the Director of the Language and Literacy Clinic, Baylor University.

Ritter has published her research in state, national, and international journals in the area of language and literacy. She has presented her research and clinical strategies at state and national conferences as well as regional meetings. Dr. Ritter holds the CCC-SLP from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Select Publications

Park, J., Ritter, M., Lombardino, L., Wiseheart, R., Sherman (2014). Phonological awareness intervention for verbal working memory skills in school-age children with specific language impairment and concomitant word reading difficulties, International Journal of Research Studies in Language Learning, 3(4), 3-22.

Dodd-Murphy, J. Ritter, M. Interpretation of Functional Listening Evaluation (2014) results for normal-hearing children with reading difficulties. Journal of Educational Audiology, http://www.edaud.org/?page=67

Park, J., Wiseheart, R., Ritter, M. (2014). The Roles of the Speed and Accuracy of Morphological Processing in the Reading Comprehension of Spanish-Speaking Language Minority Learners. International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature, 3(1), 1-18.

Ritter, M., Park, J., Saxon, T., Colson, K. (2013). Phonological awareness intervention for school-age children with language impairment: Implications for reading achievement. Journal of Literacy Research.

Ritter, M., Colson, K., Park, J. (2012) Effects of Interactive Metronome Therapy on reading fluency in school-age children. Communication Disorders Quarterly.

Ritter, M., Saxon, T. (2010). Classroom-based phonological sensitivity intervention (PSI) using a narrative platform: An experimental study of first graders at-risk for a reading disability. Communication Disorders Quarterly.

Ritter, M. (2009). The speech-language pathologist and reading: Opportunities to extend services for the children we serve. American Speech-Language Hearing Perspectives: School-Based Issues, 10, 38-44. Invited Article.


Select Presentations

Park, J. Ritter, M. (2014). Role of morphological processing latency in reading fluency and comprehension of Spanish-speaking language minority learners. 2014 Symposium on Researchin Child Language Disorders (SRCLD), Madison, WI.

Ritter, M., Murphy, J. (2013). Phonological processing in children with and without listening difficulties. Poster presentation: 2013 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual National Convention. Chicago, IL.

Park, J., Ritter, M. (2013). Phonology Matters: An Investigation of Literacy Skills of School-Age Children With Mild-to-Moderate Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Poster presentation: 2013 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual National Convention. Chicago, IL.

Ritter, M. (November 2012). Phonological processing disorders and the school-age child. Poster presentation: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA.

Ritter, M. (September 2012). Making the connections: Vocabulary and reading. National Rite Care Conference. Dallas, TX. Invited speaker.

Ritter, M. (September 2012). What about Camp Success? National Rite Care Conference. Dallas, TX. Invited speaker.

Dodd-Murphy, J., Ritter, M., Brock, R., Rogers, K. (July 2011). Functional listening evaluation in children with reading difficulties. Poster presentation: Educational Audiology Association 2011. Nashville, TN.

Colson, K., Ritter, M., Park, J. (March 4, 2011). Tools for improving reading fluency in children with specific language impairment. Poster presentation: Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA). Houston, TX.

Ritter, M. Colson, K. (November 20, 2010). Effects of interactive metronome therapy on reading fluency in school-age children. Poster presentation: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.

Ritter, M. (January 20, 2010). The role of the SLP, Part I II: Oral and written language impairments. Region XII Service Center. Waco, TX.

Ritter, M. Sherman, S. (November 20, 2009). Intensive language therapy for children with reading disabilities. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Ritter, M. Sherman, S. (November 20, 2009). The SLP Literacy: Training for educators parents. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Park, J., Ritter, M. (November 2009). Relations among verbal working memory, narrative production, and expository writing. Poster presentation: American Speech-Language- Hearing Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Park, J., Ritter, M. (November 2009). Oral language and expository writing skills of bilingual English learners. Poster presentation: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Ritter, M. (October 2009). The connections between oral language and reading skills in young children. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Ritter, M., Sherman, S., Parker, J. (April 2009) Language and literacy interventions. Congressional Grant: Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Baylor University. Waco, TX.

Ritter, M., Sherman, S., Parker, J. (March 2009) Beyond phonological sensitivity and the school-age child. Congressional Grant: Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Baylor University. Waco, TX.


Select Grants and Funding

Ritter, M. (2015). Scottish Rite Grant.
Grant title: Baylor University Language and Literacy: Speed of Processing in children with specific language impairment (SLI).
For Camp Success Summer Program, 2015.
$87,500.00
Ritter, M. (2014). Scottish Rite Grant.
Grant title: Baylor University Language and Literacy: Effectiveness of morphosyntax intervention in school-age children.
Camp Success Summer Program, 2014.
$69,850.00
Ritter, M. & Murphy, J. (2014). University Research Committee.
Grant title: Functional Listening Evaluation Performance in Typically Developing Children impairment
$5,000.00
Park, J. & Ritter, M. (2014). University Research Committee.
Grant title: Predictive value of speed of processing on higher-level spoken language tasks in school-age children with specific language impairment.
$5,500.00
Ritter, M. (July 2012). Waco Scottish Rite Grant.
Grant Research title: Baylor University Language and Literacy summer program: Camp Success, 2012.
$67, 920.00
Ritter, M. (July 2011). Waco Scottish Rite Grant.
Grant Research title: Baylor University Language and Literacy summer program: Camp Success, 2011.
$89,652.00
Park, J., Ritter, M., & Pena, E., (May 2010). 2010 Baylor Young Investigator Development Program (YIDP) Intramural Grant
Grant Research title: Reaction Time Latency as a Test of Lexical Access Efficiency of Bilingual Students and the Role in Reading Fluency: A preliminary study for designing a norm-reference measure of lexicon.
$24,226.00
Ritter, M. (July 2010). Waco Scottish Rite Grant.
Grant Research title: Baylor University Language and Literacy summer program: Camp Success, 2010.
$89,850.00
Ritter, M., (March 2009). Waco Scottish Rite Grant.
Baylor University Language and Literacy summer program: Camp Success, 2009.
$85,313.00
Ritter, M., Garrett, D., Sherman, S., Parker, J. (August 2009).
United States Department of Education: Congressional Grant.
Secured by Congressman Chet Edwards.
Baylor University Language and Literacy Clinic.
$95,000.00
Murphy, J. & Ritter, M., ( 2009). Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement award ($5000). Baylor University. Functional Listening Evaluation (FLE) Profiles of Children with Reading Difficulties, was funded in March 2009. $5,000.00
Ritter, M., & Garrett, D. (2008). Waco Scottish Rite Grant.
Baylor University Language and Literacy summer program: Camp Success.
$82,000.00