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C. Melanie Schuele

Professor, Hearing and Speech Sciences
Associate Professor, Dept. of Special Education, Dept. of Psychology and Human Development
Director, Child Language and Literacy Laboratory


  • B.S., 1981, Miami University, FL
  • M.A., 1985, The University of Texas at Austin, TX
  • Ph.D., 1995, University of Kansas, KS
  • Post-doctoral training, 1998, Arizona State University, AZ


Prior to obtaining her PhD, Dr. Schuele practiced as a speech-language pathologist in school-based and clinical settings serving primarily young children with language impairments. Here interests focus on improving the services children with disabilities received in school settings. In the master’s program in speech-language pathology, Dr. Schuele teaches courses on child language impairment and speech sound disorders (offered annually). She directs the specialty track in school speech-language pathology. In the PhD program, she co-teaches, along with Dr. Camarata, a course on language research methods (offered in the spring semester of even numbered years).

Dr. Schuele’s research lab, the Child Language and Literacy Lab, is focused on the development of language and literacy skills in typical and atypical populations and in advancing the practice of speech-language pathology in schools. Their complex syntax research documents the course of complex syntax acquisition in children with specific language impairment (SLI) as compared to typically developing same-age peers and language-matched peers and explores strategies for improving the complex syntax outcomes of children with language impairment. Their research on early literacy acquisition explores, within school-based settings, the effectiveness of multi-tiered layers of instruction and intervention provided to children with early literacy difficulties, particularly children with SLI. Lab members include PhD students, master’s students and undergraduate students as well as high school students from the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt.

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Child Language and Literacy Lab