Communication Disorders

Melinda L. Richards, Ph.D.


Associate Professor, Communication Disorders

Mail: MTSU Box 364
Murfreesboro , TN 37132
Office: BDA 200

Voice: (615) 898-5425
Fax: (615) 898-2815
Email: melinda.richards@mtsu.edu

Education:

  • Ph.D. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2001
  • M.Mus. University of Tennnessee, Knoxville, 1979
  • B.S. Tennessee Technological University, 1974

Honors:

  • Elected President of National Association of Pre-Professional Programs (NAPP); a constituent member of ASHA, 2013
  • Elected Member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council (SLPAC), 2012-2014
  • Honors of the Association, 2010 by the Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Tennessee Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences, Member, Chair 2004-2009
  • MTSU Faculty Senate
  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Areas of research and teaching:

  • Sociolinguistics of Appalachian Culture
  • Misuse of the Professional Voice
  • Developmental Verbal Apraxia
  • Remediation of Articulation Disorders
  • Pre-school Languages Delays & Disorders

Professional Memberships and Certifications:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Tennessee Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Tennessee Teacher Licensure, Professional School Services Personnel License Holder
  • National Association of Pre-Professional Programs

Courses taught:

  • CDIS 3050 Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • CDIS 3250 Speech and Language Development
  • CDIS 3400 Anatomy & Physiology for the Communication Disorders
  • CDIS 4400 Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology for the Communication Disorders
  • CDIS 4650 Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology III
  • CDIS 4850 Speech and Language Disorders in Childhood