Alison Prahl, PhD, CCC-SLP

Alison Prahl, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
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Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders


Dr. Prahl is an Assistant Professor at Baylor University. Her research focuses on improving language and literacy outcomes for children with language impairment, including children with primary language impairment and children with Down syndrome. She has authored several peer-reviewed publications and presented her research at local, state, and national conventions. Dr. Prahl is also a certified speech-language pathologist and has worked with children with various speech and language disorders in the public school setting.


  • B.S., Communication Disorders, Texas Christian University (2012)
  • M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Texas Christian University (2014)
  • Ph.D., Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University (2020)


  • CSD 5337 School-Age Language and Literacy
  • CSD 5325 Speech Sound Disorders

Selected Publications:

Hessling, A., & Brimo, D. (2019). Spoken Fictional Narrative and Literacy Skills of Children with Down Syndrome. Journal of communication disorders, 79, 76-89. Doi: 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2019.03.005

Hessling, A., & Schuele, C.M. (2020). Individualized Narrative Intervention for School-Age Children with Specific Language Impairment: A Single-Case Research Study. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 51, 687-705. Doi: 10.1044/2019/LSHSS-19-00082

Singer, C. M., Hessling, A., Kelly, E. M., Singer, L. B., & Jones, R. M. (2020). Clinical Characteristics Associated With Stuttering Persistence: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 1-24. Doi: 10.1044/2020_JSLHR-20-00096

Hessling, A., Jones, R. & Schuele, C.M. (2020). Phonological Awareness Intervention Using a Standard Treatment Protocol for Individuals with Down Syndrome. Manuscript under review.

Pico, D.L., Hessling, A., Biel, C.H., Peterson, A.K., Biel, E.J., Woods, C. & Contesse, V.A. (2020). Interventions that Affect Narrative Language in School-Aged Children: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis. Manuscript under review.

Hessling, A. & Schuele, C.M. (2020). Listening Comprehension and Reading Comprehension in Individuals with Down Syndrome and Word Reading-Matched Typically Developing Children. Manuscript in preparation.