Paula Rabidoux, PhD

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center (UCEDD/LEND)
395B McCampbell
1581 Dodd Dr
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-688-8472
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: January 08, 2020

Paula Rabidoux

Leadership: Co-LEND Director
Associate UCEDD Director
Discipline Coordinators: Speech-Language Pathology
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: LEND Co-Director
Discipline(s): Speech-Language Pathology
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: emergent literacy, adult literacy learners, social communication, language disorders
Education: leadership development, cultural competency care, interdisciplinary teams, communication/language disorders in IDD, interdisciplinary perspectives in ASD
Service: communication/language assessment and intervention, AAC consultation, outreach to the underserved


A. Personal Statement
The goal of the proposed project is to train graduate and post-graduate students on the complex needs of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) and their families to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing NDD. For the past 20 years my professional career has focused on the speech, language, and literacy issues of individuals with developmental disabilities. At Nisonger Center I serve as the faculty coordinator in Speech Language Pathology, Co-Director of our Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program, and Associate Director of the Center. I am extensively involved in teaching, clinical and research programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Because of my history I am acutely aware of the lack of evidence based interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other NDD. This project has the potential to address a much neglected area of research. As a co-director on this project I bring over 20 years of experience evaluating and treating speech and language impairments in individuals with NDD, in planning and evaluating LEND curriculum, and in managing large grants.
B. Positions and Honors

Positions and Employment
1990 - 1994 Graduate Research Assistant, Video Mediated Curriculum Grant
1990 - 1995 Clinical Faculty, Nisonger Center UCEDD, The Ohio State University
1996 -1998 Speech Pathology Clinical Consultant, Nisonger Center UCEDD, The Ohio State University
1998 - 2011 Training Director, Center UCEDD, The Ohio State University
1999 - present Chief of Speech /Language Pathology, Nisonger Center UCEDD, The Ohio State University
2001 - 2004 Coordinator AUCD/SSA Demonstration Project, Nisonger Center, UCEDD, The Ohio State University.
2000 - 2011 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Speech and Hearing Science, The Ohio State University
2008 - present LEND Co-Director, Nisonger Center UCEDD, The Ohio State University
2011 - present Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Speech and Hearing Science, The Ohio State University
2011 - present Associate Director, Nisonger Center, UCEDD, The Ohio State University
Other Experience and Professional Memberships
American Speech Language Hearing Association member - 1979
Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association member - 1980
Society for Disability Studies member - 2000
TASH member - 2001
American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities member - 2010
Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council - 2002
Ohio Developmental Disability Council, Chair of Children's and Health Issues, 2010 - present

C. Selected Peer-reviewed Publications
1. Rabidoux, P. and MacDonald, J. (2000) An Interactive Taxonomy of Mothers and Children During Storybook Interactions. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 9, 331 -344.
2. Kaderavek, J. and Rabidoux, P. (2004). Interactive to Independent Literacy: A Model for Designing Literacy Goals for Children with Atypical Communication. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 20, 237-260.
3. Rabidoux, P. (2005). Early Identification of Autism: Roles of the Speech-Language Pathologist & Audiologist on a Transdisciplinary Team. Seminars in Hearing,26, 210 -217.
4. Egelhoff, K., Whitelaw, G., and Rabidoux, P. (2005). What Audiologists Need to Know about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Seminars in Hearing, 26, 202 -210.
5. Fish, T., Rabidoux, P., Ober, J., & Graff, V. (2006). Community Literacy and Friendship Model for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Mental Retardation, 44, 6, 443- 447.
6. Marchner K, Geraghty M, Rabidoux P, Guthrie B. (2008). A descriptive study of dietary/herbal supplements and special diets used by autism spectrum disorder children in Ohio: A survey of parents and caregivers. J Am Diet Assoc, 108:(10) A-30.
7. Hoffman, A., Rabidoux, P., Martens, M., Fox, R., Rabidoux, P., Andridge, R. (2013). Pragmatic Language Assessment in Williams Syndrome: A comparison of the Test of Pragmatic Language-2 and the Children's Communication Checklist-2. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 22, 198 - 204.