Nancy C. Brady

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Speech-Language-Hearing
Chair, Speech-Language-Hearing
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center, 3008
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Ave
Lawrence, KS 66045


Nancy C. Brady is a Professor and Chair in the department of Speech Language Hearing Sciences and Disorders and an Investigator in the Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas. Dr. Brady’s research focuses on understanding how pre-speech communication develops, identifying aspects of pre-speech communication directly related to language development, and developing interventions aimed at promoting language by strengthening these foundational skills.


Teaching Interests

  • Individuals with intellectual disabilities
  • Research methods
  • Language disorders
  • Autism
  • Language development


Nancy Brady studies the development of communication and language in young children and in individuals with developmental disabilities and autism. Her research has focused on describing development of gestures and prespeech vocalizations, beginning augmentative communication use, and negotiations of conversational breakdowns.

Research Interests

  • Prelinguistic communication
  • Communication interventions for children with developmental disabilities
  • Augmentative communication
  • Communication development in children with autism, fragile X syndrome and deaf-blindness


Nancy Brady is past Chairperson for the National Joint Committee on Communication needs for Persons with Severe Disabilities; an associate editor for the American Journal of Speech Language Pathology and an advisory board member for Community Living Opportunities.

Selected Publications

Thiemann-Bourque, K., Brady, N. & Hoffman, L. (2018). Application of the Communication Complexity Scale in Peer and Adult Assessment Contexts for Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology), doi:10.1044/2018_AJSLP-18-0054

Brady, N. C., Swinburne Romine, R. Fleming, K. Holbrook, A. Muller, K. & Kasari, C. (2018). Reliability and Validity of the Communication complexity Scale. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 27, 237-246.

Warren, S. Brady, N. Fleming, K. & Hahn, L. (2017). The longitudinal effects of parenting on adaptive behavior in children with fragile X syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47, 768-784.

Barton-Hulsey, A. Wegner, J. Brady, N. Bunce, B. & Sevcik, R. (2017). Comparing the effects of SGD display organization on symbol comprehension and use by three children with developmental delays. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 26, 227-240. DOI:10.1044/2016_AJSLP-15-0166

Brady, N. C., & Hahn, L. J. (2017). Speech, Language, and Communication Assessments and Interventions for Individuals with Severe Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In M. Wehmeyer (Ed.), A comprehensive guide to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (pp. 447-460). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

Komesidou, R. Brady, N. Fleming, K. Esplund, A. & Warren, S. (2017). Growth of expressive syntax in children with fragile X syndrome. Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research, 60, 422-434.

Schmidt-Nailor, A. Saunders, K. & Brady, N. C. (2017). Developing the alphabetic principle to aid text-based AAC use by adults with low speech intelligibility and intellectual disabilities. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 26, 397-412. DOI:10.1044/2016_AJSLP-15-0047

Ogletree, B. Brady, N. Bruce, S. Dean, E. Romski, A. Sylvester, L. & Westling, D. (2017). Mary's case: An illustration of interprofessional collaborative practice for a child with severe disabilities. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 26, 217-226. DOI:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-15-0065

Keen, D., Meadan, H., Brady, N. C., & Halle, J. (Eds.). (2016). Prelinguistic and Minimally Verbal Communicators on the Autism Spectrum. Singapore: Springer.

Brady, N. C., Bruce, S. S., Goldman, A. Erickson, K. Mineo, B. Ogletree, B. Paul, D. Romski, A. Sevcik, R. Siegel, E. Schoonover, J. Snell, M. Sylvester, L. & Wilkinson, K. (2016). Communication services and supports for individuals with severe disabilities: Guidance for assessment and intervention. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 121(2), 121-138.

Thiemann-Bourque, K. Brady, N. McGuff, S. Stump, K. & Naylor, A. (2016). PECS and Pals: A peer-mediated AAC intervention for minimally verbal preschoolers with autism. Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research. DOI:10.1044/2016_JSLHR-L-15-0313

Hahn, L. J., Brady, N. C., Fleming, K. K., & Warren, S. F. (2016). Joint engagement and early language in young children with fragile X syndrome. Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research. DOI:10.1044/2016_JSLHR-L-15-0005

Brady, N. C., & Keen, D. (2016). Individualized assessment of prelinguistic communication. In D. Keen, H. Meadan, N. Brady, & J. Halle (Eds.), Prelinguistic and Minimally Verbal Communicators on the Autism Spectrum (pp. 101-121).

Bradock, B. & Brady, N. C. (2016). Prelinguistic communication and joint attention. In D. Keen, H. Meadan, N. Brady, & J. Halle (Eds.), Prelinguistic and Minimally Verbal Communicators on the Autism Spectrum (pp. 33-51). Springer.

Brady, N. C., Storkel, H. L., Bushnell, P. Barker, M. Saunders, K. Daniels, D. & Fleming, K. (2015). Investigating a multimodal intervention for children with limited expressive vocabularies associated with Autism. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 24(3), 438-459.

Hahn, L. J., Brady, N. C., Warren, S. F., & Fleming, K. K. (2015). Do children with fragile X syndrome show declines or plateaus in adaptive behavior? American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 120(5), 412-432.

Brady, N. C., Anderson, C. Hahn, L. Obermeier, S. M., & Kapa, L. (2014). Eye tracking as a measure of receptive vocabulary in children with autism spectrum disorders. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 30(2), 147-159. DOI:10.3109/07434618.2014.904923

Hahn, L. Zimmer, B. J., Brady, N. C., Swinburne Romine, R. & Fleming, K. (2014). Role of maternal gesture use in speech use by children with Fragile X syndrome. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 23, 146-159.

Brady, N. C., Warren, S. Fleming, K. K., Keller, J. & Sterling, A. (2014). The effect of sustained maternal responsivity on later vocabulary development in children with Fragile X Syndrome. Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research, 57(1), 212-226.

Kasari, C. Brady, N. C., Lord, C. & Tager-Flusberg, H. (2013). Assessing the minimally verbal school-aged child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research, 6(6), 479-493.

Brady, N. Thiemann-Bourque, K. Fleming, K. & Matthews, K. (2013). Predicting Language Outcomes for Children Learning AAC: Child and Environmental Factors. Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research, 56(5), 1595-1612.

Brady, N. Fleming, K. Thiemann-Bourque, K. Olswang, L. Dowden, P. & Saunders, M. (2012). Development of the Communication Complexity Scale. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 21, 16-28.

Selected Presentations

Brady, N. C. (10/19/2017). Show Me What You Mean. The Goldstick Family Lecture. Champaign, Illinois
Brady, N. C. (3/1/2017 - 3/11/2017). Stuck in the Middle: An overview of communication challenges faced by adolescents and adults with ASD. Communication Interventions for Adolescents and Adults with Autism
Brady, N. C., & Bourque, K. (6/10/2016 - 6/10/2016). Assessment and Treatment of Nonverbal or Minimally Verbal Children with Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Nebraska Summer Conference on AAC. Omaha, NE

Selected Grants

Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Reseach Center Center Grant: Research Component. 1U54HD090216-01. NIH. $1201100.00. (10/1/2016 - 9/30/2021). Federal. Status: Funded. Brady role -Principle investigator for research component
The effects of parenting on the development and behavior of FXS adolescents. NIH0073685. NIH. $3264585.00. Submitted 7/1/2015 (4/1/2016 - 6/30/2021). Federal. Status: Funded
Measuring Early Communication Development in Children with ASD. DED0075122. US Dept of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. $1563825.00. Submitted 8/3/2015 (7/1/2016 - 6/30/2019). Federal. Status: Funded
The CCS: A Treatment Outcome Measure for Individuals with Severe ID. NIH0070511. NICHD, NIH. $1693420.00. (5/15/2013 - 5/1/2018). A Communication measure for individuals with severe intellectual disabilities is being standardized and validated for future researchers and clinicians.. Federal. Status: Funded

News and events

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Kris Pedersen and Ana Paula Mumy joined Governor Kelly for bill signing enacting the Interstate Compact for SLPs & Audiologists. 

Nicola Santangelo awarded a Summer 2021 UGRA with Dr. Jena McDaniel

SPLH graduate program ranked in top 50

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Foundations, Perspectives, & Accountability virtual continuing education course featuring Stephanie Meehan, PhD, CCC-SLP and Mathew Gillispie, PhD, CCC-SLP

KSHA's Executive Board is addressing the need for diversity and inclusion in our profession in a multi-pronged approach. We are committed to ongoing dialogue across cultural lines. We recognize the need for further education amongst ourselves and our membership. We have partnered with the University of Kansas to offer this FREE virtual continuing education course. 


Ana Paula Mumy - Spero Stuttering

Personnel Prep Grants

Megan Davidson and Jena McDaniel (Post doc) will each be receiving ASHAFoundation New Investigator Research Grants! 

Randi Hutto was awarded a Fall 2020 UGRA with Dr. Meghan Davidson

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

SPLH UG students selected as University Scholars: Sophie Moore and Michaela Russ 

Suma Suswaram is International Leader of the week (2/24/2020).  Congrats Suma!

News from Ana Paula G. Mumy, M.S., CCC-SLP February 2020

KU Student Equity & Inclusion WorkgroupKU Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroup Fall 2019 Newsletter

CoKU Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroupngratulations to our December 2019 Graduates: Elyse T. Adame, Gabriella A. Araiza, Hannah Grace Harrison, Ezra S. Kaiser, Romaric A. Keuwo, Rebecca Grace McGuinness, Margaret Ann Olson, Allison G. Peterka, Hally Allena Ricklefs, Carrie Michelle Riseling, Gabrielle K. Rosenwald, Lindsay Nicole Thomas.

Ana Paula G. Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP (center) was recently an invited speaker at the Brazilian Stuttering Association “AbraGagueira” conference. She is pictured with its current president (left) and its founder/director (right).  A large group attended the documentary film showing, "When I Stutter", which is the film Ana Paula translated with the AbraGagueira founder.

Corinne Walker, a Ph.D. student in SPLH received the 2019 ASHA foundation Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development

SPLH student Haleyanna Schippers- one of 10 undergraduate students to receive undergraduate research awards this fall.

Bridget Rennard is featured on page 18 of KU Giving magazine's Fall 2019 edition.

SPLH student Bridget Rennard is one of 7 KU students, graduates to win Fulbright awards 

Steven F. Warren, Ph.D. has been named the 2019 Distinguished Alumni by the Applied Behavioral Sciences department.

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

Joshuaa Allison-Burbank is recognized by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development: as a 2019 Native American 40 under 40 award recipient.

Ana Paula Mumy along with Brazilian SLP Daniela Zackiewicz just completed translation of the film, "When I Stutter" in Portuguese, and it will be debuted at the "Abra Gagueira" conference this October, which is the Brazilian association for persons who stutter.  Ana Paula is an invited speaker at the conference and will be hosting the very first screening of the film in Portuguese!

Bachelor’s Degrees in American Sign Language & Deaf Studies, KU Edwards Campus

Congratulations to Russell Johnston, Ph.D., Kristen Muller, Ph.D., and Kevin Pitt, Ph.D. for successfulling defending their dissertations this summer! 

Congratulations to Tiffany P. Hogan, Speech Language Pathology PhD alum, ASHA Fellowship of the Assiciation 2019 Award recipient.

Suzanne Adlof, one of our Speech Language Pathology MA/PhD alums now in South Carolina, received the presidential early career award in science/engineering.

Congratulations to Mindy Bridges, Assistant Professor, on receiving the School of Health Professions (SHP) Research Grant for her proposal: The Development of Language-Intensive Professional Development Modules for Prekindergarten Teachers.

Abby Enneking, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be 1 of 2 students from Kansas to receive the Sertoma International Award.

Frank Kim, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be the recipient of the SHP Dean's Diversity Scholarship.

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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