Debbie Reinhartsen, Ph.D.

Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus Box 7255
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7255
Phone: 919-966-5171
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: October 12, 2016

Debbie Reinhartsen

Primary Activity Coordinators: Information/Dissemination
Discipline Coordinators: Assistive Technology
Speech-Language Pathology
Discipline(s): Speech-Language Pathology
AUCD Council Membership: Community Education Directors' Council
Research: Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Autism
Education: Augmentative and Alternative Communication,
Children with Complex Disabilities
Service: Augmentative and Alternative Communication,
Evaluation of Autism,
Evaluation for individuals with complex disabilities


Dr. Reinhartsen is an associate professor and expereienced speech-language pathologist. Her interests focus on assessment and treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities and complex communication challenges.  She has managed several training grants focused on providing training, consultation, and technical assistance to service providers and families of children with severe communication and physical impairments, and has authored publications related to children with disabilities.  Currently, she is involved in a number of projects that include an epidemiological study of children with autism, providing AAC assessments and consultation for individuals with AU and other developmental disabilities, and training interdisciplinary AU and AAC assesment teams across the state. She also is a prinicpal investigator for a project assessing access to services in NC for adults with intellectual disabilities.