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Stacey Pavelko, PhD, CCC-SLP, FNAP

Associate Professor

Division of Speech and Language Pathology; Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences


Stacey Pavelko joined Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences in September 2022 as an associate professor in the Division of Speech and Language Pathology.

Pavelko has an active research program focused on language sampling practices; emergent literacy, with a specific emphasis in emergent writing; and interprofessional education/practice. Together with her colleague, Bob Owens, they have developed the SUGAR method of language sampling.

Previously, she was the assistant program director at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and an associate professor and undergraduate program director at James Madison University.  As a clinician, she worked in the schools with children and families from many culturally and linguistically diverse communities.


  • PhD, education, University of Central Florida
  • MA, linguistics, Purdue University
  • BA, English, Youngstown State University

Research Interests

  • Language sampling
  • Development of writing in children with and without developmental language disorders
  • Diagnostic accuracy of assessment measures
  • Interprofessional education/practice
  • Developmental language disorder
  • Emergent literacy

Clinical Interests

  • Emergent literacy
  • Reading disorders
  • Language disorders affecting academic performance in school-aged children
  • Interprofessional education/practice in schools

Teaching Interests

  • Language development
  • Assessment and treatment of language disorders
  • Systematic reviews and meta analysis

More Info

  • Distinguished Fellow, National Academies of Practice
  • Certified member, American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)