Dept. Hearing and Speech Sciences
Vanderbilt University, Nashville , TN 37212
Bachelor’ of Science in Education, 1981, Miami University
Master of Arts, 1985, The University of Texas at Austin
Doctor of Philosophy, 1995, University of Kansas
Melanie Schuele is an assistant professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University. She teaches courses in child language acquisition and disorders. Prior to obtaining her PhD, Schuele practiced as a speech-language pathologist in school-based and clinical settings serving primarily young children with language impairments.
Her research focuses on the development of language and literacy skills in children with specific language impairment (SLI). The goals of Schuele’s research on complex syntax acquisition in children with SLI are (a) to document the course of complex syntax acquisition in children with SLI as compared to typically developing same-age peers and language-matched peers, and (b) to explain the complex syntax deficits of children with SLI with an emphasis on considering the linguistic limitations of children with SLI that lead to complex syntax difficulties. This line of research explores complex syntax development in children with SLI between 5 and 7 years of age and typical children between 3 and 5 years of age. The goal of Schuele’s research on early literacy acquisition is to explore, within school-based settings, the effectiveness of multi-tiered layers of instruction and intervention provided to children with early literacy difficulties, particularly children with language impairments. This line of research has focused on children in kindergarten and first grade and is being extended to children in preschool.
Schuele has published her research in ASHA journals in Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. She has presented her work at state and national conferences as well as at workshops for practicing clinicians. She currently serves on ASHA’s Research and Scientific Affairs Committee and is on the editorial board for ASHA journals.