Rouzana Komesidou, PhD

Rouzana Komesidou
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Research: SAiL Literacy Lab
(617) 726-0048
Office Location: 
B79/96 - 207

Rouzana Komesidou is a postdoctoral fellow and a project director on a longitudinal study funded by the NIH on children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and Dyslexia, a collaboration among Tiffany Hogan, PhD, CCC-SLP, at the SAiL Literacy Lab at the MGH Institute, Julie Wolter, PhD, CCC-SLP, at the University of Montana, and Jessie Ricketts, BSc, MSc, DPhil, at the Royal Holloway, University of London and Yaacov Petscher, PhD, at Florida State University.

Dr. Komesidou completed her PhD at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on the intersections between language and literacy development, and using implementation science to improve instruction and clinical practice.


BS, Psychology, University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
MS, Developmental Disorders, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
PhD, Speech-Language Pathology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS


Storkel, H.L., Komesidou, R., Fleming, K., & Swinburne Romine, R. (2017). Interactive book reading to accelerate word learning by kindergarten children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI): Identifying adequate progress and successful learning patterns. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 48, 108-124. doi:10.1044/2017_LSHSS-16-0058.

Komesidou, R., Brady, N., Fleming, K., Esplund, A., & Warren, S.F. (2017). Growth of expressive syntax in children with fragile X syndrome. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60, 422-434. doi: 10.1044/2016_JSLHR-L-15-0360.

Komesidou, R., & Storkel, H.L. (2015). Learning and remembering new words: Clinical illustrations from children with Specific Language Impairment. SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, 22(4), 138-146. doi:10.1044/lle22.4.138.


Komesidou, R. (2017, November). Using qualitative assessments to improve clinical outcomes in children with spelling difficulties. Poster presented at the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Los Angeles, CA.

2Storkel, H.L., Pezold, M., Komesidou, R., & Latta, A. (2017, November). Interactive book reading: how many exposures in a session versus how many repeated book readings. American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Los Angeles, CA.

Komesidou, R., & Shaw, D. (2016, September). Creating better spellers: A multilinguistic approach for spelling assessment. Poster presented at the KSHA Annual Conference, Topeka, KS.

Komesidou, R. (2016, April). Lexical influences on spelling development: New approaches to assessment and treatment. Child Language Proseminar, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

Komesidou, R. (2016, March). Spelling processes in children with dyslexia. Proseminar in Communicative Disorders, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.  

Komesidou R. (2016, March). Spelling instruction and assessment: A multilinguistic approach. With A. Kamerer & S. Huls, in seminar entitled ‘Advancements in diagnosis and assessment of communication disorders’. Graduate Research Competition, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. 

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