Mirza J. Lugo-Neris, PhD, CCC-SLP

Mirza Lugo Neris in black shirt
Assistant Professor, SLPD
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Mirza Lugo-Neris, PhD, CCC-SLP is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, specifically for the Clinical Doctorate in Speech Language Pathology Program.

Dr. Lugo-Neris is also a bilingual speech-language pathologist with experience in working with and counseling Spanish-speaking families, licensed in both Puerto Rico and Texas. She has 15 years of experience in working across a variety of pediatric clinical settings, establishing clinical partnerships with families, and supervising undergraduate and graduate student clinicians. She also provides in-service trainings for community organizations, agencies, preschools, and private companies on topics related to raising bilingual children with disabilities. 

She has taught graduate courses on cultural-linguistic diversity and bilingual language development, school-age language disorders, and undergraduate courses in clinical observation. She has also led faculty development initiatives on inclusive teaching practices. 

Research Interests

  • Assessment and intervention practices with Spanish-English bilingual children who have developmental language disorders
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning in clinical supervision in communication sciences and disorders


B.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Florida State University
M.S., Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology, Florida State University
Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Texas at Austin 


Fiestas, C. E., Lugo-Neris, M. J., Pratt, A.S., Peña, E.D., Bedore, L.B. (2021). Spanish language and literacy intervention for bilingual children at risk for developmental language disorder: A pilot study. Topics in Language Disorders, 41, 309-321. 

Irizarry-Pérez, C. D.*, Lugo-Neris, M.J., Bedore, L.M., Peña, E. D. (2021). Establishing diagnostic skills in novice bilingual clinicians: A scaffolded approach. Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders, 5(1), 6. 

Peña, E. D., Bedore, L.M., Lugo-Neris, M.J., Albudoor, N.* (2020). Identifying developmental language disorder in school age bilinguals: Semantics, grammar and narratives. Language Assessment Quarterly, 17(5), 541-558.

Bedore, L.M., Peña, E. D., Fiestas, C., Lugo-Neris, M.J. (2020). Language and literacy together: Supporting grammatical development in dual language learners with risk for language and learning difficulties. Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, 51(2), 282-297.

Bedore, L.M. Peña, E. D., Anaya, J.B.*, Nieto, R., Lugo-Neris, M.J., Baron, A.* (2018). Understanding disorder within variation: Production of English grammatical forms by ELLs. Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, 49, 277-291.

Lugo-Neris, M. J., Peña, E. D., Bedore, L. M., Gillam, R. B. (2015). Utility of a language screening measure for predicting risk for language impairment in bilinguals. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 24, 426-437.

Lugo-Neris, M., Bedore, L. M., & Peña, E. D. (2015). Dual-language intervention for bilinguals at risk for language impairment. Seminars in Speech and Language, 36, 133-142. 

Squires, K., Lugo-Neris, M., Bedore, L., Peña, E., Bohman, T., Gillam, R. (2014). Story retelling by bilingual children with language impairments and typically-developing controls. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 49, 60-74. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12044 

Lugo-Neris, M. J., Jackson, C.W., Goldstein, H. (2010). Facilitating Vocabulary Acquisition of Young English Language Learners, Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 41, 314-327.

Curriculum Vitae