Laura Wolford, PhD, MS CCC-SLP, CSE is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department and director of the TASSEL (Teaching and Supporting Student Experience in Learning) lab. She is teaches within the Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology program. Dr. Wolford has been a speech-language pathologist for over 10 years and has worked across the healthcare spectrum, with particular experience in voice and swallowing issues.

Dr. Wolford is an education researcher with an interest in nuanced topics like counseling, equity in clinical education, and addressing sexual health. Her lived experience as a multi-racial, neurodivergent scholar informs her work. She uses qualitative and mixed-methods designs to better understand the student and educator experience. A scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) specialist, she is also a copy editor for the journal, Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Through the TASSEL lab and the SLPD program, Dr. Wolford mentors students in developing their own SoTL and advocacy projects.

As an active community organizer and advocate, Dr. Wolford presents nationally and internationally on topics related to addressing sexual health with individuals with communication disorders. She is an AASECT-certified sex educator and takes an active leadership role in multiple organizations related to advocacy in speech-language pathology and sexual health.

  • BA, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Cognitive Science, Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • MS, Speech-Language Pathology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • PhD, Educational Leadership (Healthcare Education Concentration), University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, KY 

Dr. Wolford has research interests in the areas of: 

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Inclusive and equitable pedagogy in speech-language pathology
  • Impact of communication disorders on sexual health and relationship wellbeing 

Dr. Wolford has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Dr. Wolford's publications on Google Scholar or in her CV. 

Towards a FEESable University Training Model: Is Peer-to-Peer Practice Necessary for Teaching Speech-Language Pathologists Transnasal Endoscopy?

What is clinical evidence in speech-language pathology? A scoping review.

“Getting back into school mode”: Experiences of former speech-language pathology assistants in graduate school. 

Shouldn’t you be collaborative by now?”: Supervisory needs, expectations, and satisfaction across the educational trajectory in speech-language pathology. 

A comparison of two swallowing exercises in patients with chronic head and neck cancer post-radiation Supportive Care in Cancer.


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In addition, Dr. Wolford regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see her CV for a complete list of presentations.

Culturally responsive mentorship & the hidden curriculum at the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Getting real with AAC: Intimacy communication with the SPICE Institute at Lingraphica.

Communication disorders and how they affect consent conversations, relationships, and intimacy at the Toronto Acquired Brain Injury Network Conference.

Sex, death, and religion: Teaching new clinicians to confront difficult conversations at the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

The SLP role in human sexuality at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual conference.

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