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About Larry Boles

Larry Boles, PhD, CCC-SLP earned his bachelor of arts in English and master of science in communicative disorders from San Francisco State University. Dr. Boles had originally planned to be an English teacher; however, after attending graduate school he developed an interest in speech therapy. He earned his doctor of philosophy in speech and hearing sciences from University of Arizona in 1995. The individual who had the greatest influence on his career was his mentor at University of Arizona, Audrey Holland. Before joining the Pacific faculty in 2010, Dr. Boles taught speech therapy at University of Hawaii for over four years and at California State University, Sacramento for 11 years.

Dr. Boles is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association. From 2008 to 2010 he served as President of the Asia-Pacific Society for the Study of Speech, Language and Hearing. What he loves about teaching at Pacific is the opportunity to watch students grow. He enjoys the challenge of making course material that many students find unenjoyable or difficult more palatable. His goal as Graduate Director is to continue to develop a program that attracts and nurtures students who will go on to become leaders in their field. 
What originally led him to pursue his current field of study was a fascination with post-stroke aphasia. Aphasia is a condition that robs people of the ability to communicate and can affect one's ability to express and understand verbal and written language. Dr. Boles has provided one-on-one therapy sessions to nearly 500 clients who have been affected by aphasia over the course of his career. He works closely with experts at the Aphasia Center of California in Oakland. Every semester he mentors three or four students in the Pacific Aphasia Conversation Team, a therapy group for people with aphasia. His current interests are bringing speech therapy to the territory of American Samoa and couples therapy for people with post-stroke aphasia.  

Dr. Boles is a California native from Danville. What he appreciates most about Pacific is the beautiful campus, the support staff and the great diversity of students. One of his hobbies is growing and caring for bonsai trees. Dr. Boles enjoys listening to blues music and playing the guitar. He also loves to travel and experience other cultures. He especially enjoys trying different Asian cuisines; Thai and Chinese are his favorites. He and his wife have two adopted daughters from Taiwan.


2010 - Present Professor and Graduate Program Director, University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
2017 Visiting Part-time Professor, Northern Arizona University ‐ College of Health Sciences
2012 - 2014 Visiting Part-time Professor, Northern Arizona University ‐ College of Health Sciences
1999 - 2010 Professor and Graduate Program Director, California State University, Sacramento ‐ College of Health and Human Services
2003 - 2009 Part-time Instructor, University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
2002 Visiting Lecture Fellow, University of Canterbury ‐ Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
1995 - 1999 Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii ‐ School of Medicine

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2009-2015 ASHA Award for Continuing Education


  • SLPA 129 - Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • SLPA 137 - Speech and Hearing Science
  • SLPA 133 - Neurogenic Case Studies in Speech-Language Pathology
  • SLPA 201 - Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology
  • SLPA 222 - Adult Neurological Disorders II
  • SLPA 231 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication


1995 Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona
1982 M.S., Communication Disorders, San Francisco State University
1978 B.A., English, San Francisco State University

Contact Information

Phone: 209.946.7490


Books and Book Chapters (3)

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Teaching Works (1)

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Articles (25)

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