Holly L. Storkel, PhD

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Speech-Language-Hearing
Professor
Chair, Speech-Language-Hearing
Primary office:
785-864-0497
Dole Human Development Center
Room 3001
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Ave
Lawrence, KS 66045


Dr. Storkel received her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She received her master's in Speech-Language Pathology and doctorate in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Dr. Storkel completed her clinical fellowship year during her doctoral program by working in a private practice specializing in language disorders in children. Upon completion of her PhD, Dr. Storkel was a post-doctoral fellow in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Cognitive Psychology at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She joined the faculty in the Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS in 2001.

Education

Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington

M.S., Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington

B.A., Speech and Hearing Sciences, Highest Distinction, Indiana University

Teaching

Dr. Storkel teaches courses related to language structure, processing, development and disorders at the undergraduate and graduate level. She also has lead several doctoral seminars related to professional development and grant writing. In terms of student mentoring, Dr. Storkel has mentored 1 post-doctoral fellow, 10 doctoral students as a primary mentor, 7 doctoral students as a secondary research mentor, 15 MA student research projects, and 35 undergraduate research projects. In addition, Dr. Storkel has served as a sponsor or co-sponsor on two NIDCD F31 Predoctoral Fellowships (F31DC006749, PI J.R. Hoover; F31DC006749, PI T.P. Hogan) and is currently a co-director (with Dr. Mabel Rice) on the Training Researchers in Language Impairments training grant (T32DC000052). She has received 5 university awards for excellence in teaching and/or student mentoring and has published several local and national articles on teaching and training issues.

Teaching Interests

  • Language science
  • Phonology
  • Phonological disorders

Research

Dr. Storkel’s research program focuses on understanding why typically developing children learn words so rapidly and why children with language impairments learn words so slowly. Her completed research (K23DC004781, R03DC008095, R01DC008095) has provided evidence that certain words are easier to learn than others. Moreover, which words are easier to learn depends on the time point when learning is sampled (i.e., immediate learning during training versus retention following a gap in training) as well as the language skills of the child (R03DC008095, R01DC008095). Dr. Storkel’s ongoing research (R01DC012824) further investigates the different mechanisms that underlie word learning at different time points and attempts to translate what is known about the nature of word learning deficits in children with language impairments into an effective treatment. You can learn more about her research at her Word and Sound Learning laboratory website http://wordlearning.ku.edu/, including her currently funded project Kindergarten Children Acquiring Words through Storybook Reading (KAW Story).

Research Interests

  • Language development
  • Language disorders
  • Phonology
  • Word learning
  • Vocabulary
  • Specific language impairment
  • Speech sound disorders

Service

Dr. Storkel currently serves as Chair of the KU Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders Department and Co-Director (with John Ferraro) of the KU/KUMC Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders (2013-present). Dr. Storkel also is the President-Elect of the KU Chapter of Sigma Xi (an international & multi-disciplinary research society, 2013-2015) and Action Editor for the Journal of Child Language (2014-2017). Additional recent leadership experience includes Associate Chair of the KU Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders Department (2010-2013), Chair of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (AHSA) Research and Scientific Affairs Committee (RSAC, 2011-2013); Faculty Fellow at the University of Kansas Center for Undergraduate Research (2013-2014); Associate Editor for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (2011-2013).

Selected Publications

Storkel, H. L., Komesidou, R., Fleming, K. K., & Romine, R. S. (in press). Interactive book reading to accelerate word learning by kindergarten children with SLI: Identifying adequate progress and successful learning patterns. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.

Storkel, H. L., Voelmle, K., Fierro, V., Flake, K., Fleming, K. K., & Romine, R. S. (2017). Interactive book reading to accelerate word learning by kindergarten children with SLI: Identifying an adequate intensity and variation in treatment response. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 48, 16-30. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/22552


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