Dr. Rhea Paul is the Founding Chair, Department of Speech-Language Pathology at
Sacred Heart University. 

Before coming to Sacred Heart, Paul was a research professor at the Yale Child Study
Center, where she studied children with autism spectrum disorders. Prior to that, she was
a member of the faculty at Southern Connecticut State University in the Department of
Communication Disorders. 

Paul came to SHU for the opportunity to begin a new program from the ground up, including
hiring faculty, designing curriculum and clinical education, developing a program
philosophy and using a range of innovative tools for teaching and learning. “I found this
opportunity extraordinarily exciting. My discussions with the dean of the College of
Health Professions convinced me that Sacred Heart was willing to devote the resources it
would take to build a top-notch program, and my interactions with faculty and students
persuaded me that it would be a fulfilling place to work.” 

Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brandeis University, a Master’s in
reading and learning disabilities from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a
Doctorate in communication disorders from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. 

Popular Press


Masters of Speech-Language Pathology Program Receives Accreditation News, Sacred Heart University News Story (2014)

The speech-language pathology (SLP) Program at SHU was awarded candidacy, the first stage of accreditation...



SHU Anticipates Launch of New Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Sacred Heart University News Story (2014)

Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions plans to inaugurate a new Master’s degree program...



Proposed Program to Meet Urgent Need, Health Professions Feature Stories (2012)



Introduction to Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders (2014)

The third edition has been revised and based on updated ASHA standards. Covering a broad...



Language Disorders from Infancy through Adolescence (2012)

This core resource spans the entire developmental period through adolescence, and uses a descriptive-developmental approach...



Introduction to Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders (2007)

Based on standards mandated by ASHA, the second edition of this popular text is the...



Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (with Fred Volkmar), Speech-Language Pathology Faculty Publications (2005)

Contents: v. 1. Diagnosis, development, neurobiology, and behavior -- v. 2. Assessment, interventions, and policy.


Contributions to Books


Late Talking in Context: The Clinical Implications of Delayed Language Development, Speech-Language Pathology Faculty Publications (2013)



Adaptive Behaviors in Toddlers Under Two With Autism Spectrum Disorders (with Rebecca Loomis and Katarzyna Chawarska), Speech-Language Pathology Faculty Publications (2014)

The Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale was administered to 54 children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder...



Pragmatics Abilities in Narrative Production: A Cross-Disorder Comparison (with Courtenay Frazier Norbury and Tracey Gemmell), Speech-Language Pathology Faculty Publications (2013)

We aimed to disentangle contributions of socio-pragmatic and structural language deficits to narrative competence by...



Social Robots as Embedded Reinforcers of Social Behavior in Children with Autism (with Elizabeth Kim, Lauren Berkovits, Emily Bernier, Dan Leyzberg, Frederick Shic, and Brian Scassellati), Speech-Language Pathology Faculty Publications (2013)

In this study we examined the social behaviors of 4- to 12-year-old children with autism...



The Interplay of Language on Executive Functions in Children With ASD (with Maysa Akbar and Rebecca Loomis), Speech-Language Pathology Faculty Publications (2013)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disability characterized by deficits in social interaction and...



Acoustic and Perceptual Measurements of Prosody Production on the Profiling Elements of Prosodic Systems in Children by Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (with Joshua John Diehl), Speech-Language Pathology Faculty Publications (2013)

Prosody production atypicalities are a feature of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), but behavioral measures of...


Book Reviews


Sally J. Rogers and Geraldine Dawson: Review of Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism: Promoting Language, Learning and Engagement (Book Review), Speech-Language Pathology Faculty Publications (2011)

Book review by Rhea Paul:

Rogers, Sally R. and Geraldine Dawson. Early Start Denver Model...