Holly L. Storkel, PhD

Research Centers - Speech-Language-Hearing
Associate Dean for Academic Innovation and Student Success
Primary office:
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.


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


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, 13 doctoral students as a primary mentor or co-mentor, 8 doctoral students as a secondary research mentor, 2 SLPD students as a primary mentor, 26 MA student research projects, and 41 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


Dr. Storkel’s research program focuses on understanding how typically developing children learn sounds and words so rapidly whereas children with language disorders struggle to learn sounds and words. 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) attempts to translate what is known about the nature of word learning deficits in children with language disorders 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


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 Past-President of the KU Chapter of Sigma Xi (an international & multi-disciplinary research society, 2017-2019), an Action Editor for the Journal of Child Language (2014-2017), and Chair of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Scientific Advisory Board. 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. (in press). Implementing evidence-based practice: Selecting treatment words to boost phonological learning. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/24768

Brackenbury, T. Zickar, M. J., Munson, B. & Storkel, H. L. (2017). Applying item response theory to the development of a screening adaptation of the Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation ΓÇô 2. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60, 2672-2679.

Storkel, H. L., Komesidou, R. Fleming, K. K., & Romine, R. S. (2017). 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, 48, 108-124. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/22552

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

Han, M. K., Storkel, H. L., Lee, J. H., & Cox, C. (2016). The effect of phonotactic probability and neighborhood density on adultsΓÇÖ word learning in noisy conditions. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 25, 547-560. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/22118

Brady, N. C., Storkel, H. L., Bushnell, P. Barker, R. M., Saunders, K. Daniels, D. & Fleming, K. (2015). Investigating a multi-modal intervention for children with limited expressive vocabularies associated with autism. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 24, 438-458. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/19932

Storkel, H. L. (2015). Learning from input and memory evolution: Points of vulnerability on a pathway to mastery in word learning. International Journal of Speech-language Pathology, 17, 1-12. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/19916

Han, M. K., Storkel, H. L., Lee, J. H., & Yoshinaga-Itano, C. (2015). The influence of word characteristics on the vocabulary of children with cochlear implants. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 20, 242-251. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/19931

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MA student Alondra Del Real received an honorable mention for Therapy Insight's Essay Contest. Her essay was titled "The Lack of Diversity in the Field of Speech-Language Pathology." 

Emily Sonsthagen presented a Poster in the 23rd Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 25, 2020

Emily Sonsthagen received an Outstanding Presentation Award!

Suma Suswaram to be awarded the KU Tradition of Excellence Award on Saturday, April 18, 2020

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IPCD students, Ivarene Hurtado (MA-SLP) and Suma Suswaram (PhD), have been selected for ASHA’s Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) Class of 2019

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Nancy Brady recently participated in the First Summit Forum of China Higher Education of Speech Language Pathology at East China Normal University in Shanghai China. Dr. Brady is pictured with Dr. Qiaoyun Liu, the department head and associate Dean at East Normal. Dr. Liu was a visiting scholar at KU in 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a consensus for curriculum in Speech Language Pathology in China.


Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

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