Sarai Holbrook, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


FacultyAssistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
sarai.holbrook@uwsp.edu
Phone: 715-600-2112
Office: 040 CPS

Education:

  • B.A., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Western Washington University, 2008
  • M.S., Communication Disorders, Brigham Young University, 2012
  • Ph.D., Disability Disciplines - Speech Language Pathology, Utah State University, 2020

Courses Taught:

  • CSD 345 - Phonological and Articulation Development and Disorders  
  • CSD 735 - Language Disorders in School-Age Children and Adolescents
  • CSD 742 - Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • CSD 745 - Advanced Study in Phonological Disorders
  • CSD 791, 792, 794 - Graduate Practicum

Research Interests:

  • Social Communication Interventions for Persons Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    School-age Language Intervention
    Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Recent Publications:

  • Holbrook, S., Israelsen, M. (2020). Speech prosody interventions for persons with autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1044/2020_AJSLP-19-00127
    Gillam, S., & Holbrook, S. (2019). Language intervention/therapy. In Damico, J.S. & Ball, M.J. (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE
    Gillam, S., Holbrook, S., Mecham, J., & Weller, D. (2018). Pull the Andon rope on working memory capacity interventions until we know more. Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools. 49 (July 2018), 434-448. doi:10.1044/2018_LSHSS-17-0121

Recent Presentations:

  • Holbrook, S., Gillam, S., Schwartz, S., Barrett, T. (2020, November). 13044: Ensuring clear thinking in assessment of speech prosody with children with autism spectrum disorder. Proposal accepted at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, San Diego, CA (Convention canceled).
  • Brandel, J., Wada, R., Israelsen, M., Fox, C., Barrett, T., Holbrook, S., Brammer, L.A., Gillam, S (2020, November). 12032: The attitudes of speech-language pathologists and speech-language-pathologist-assistants toward evidence-based practice. Proposal accepted at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, San Diego, CA (Convention canceled).
  • Froerer, C., Siler, A., Green, N., Holbrook, S., & Gillam, S. (April 2019). Quick-SAND: Narrative quality rating of stories told by typically developing children ages 8-13. Poster session presented at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA.
  • Holbrook, S., Orellana, C., Schwartz, S., & Gillam, S. (November 2018). Developmental trajectory of narrative comprehension in literal and inferential questions: Effects of demographics and context. ePoster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Boston, MA.
  • Holbrook, S., Israelsen, M. (November 2018). Speech prosody interventions for persons with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Boston, MA.
  • Beck, T., Holbrook, S., Gillam, S. (November 2018). Holistic assessment of narrative discourse: A progress monitoring tool. Oral session presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Boston, MA.
  • Gillam, S., Holbrook, S., Mecham, J., & Weller, D. (November 2018). Improving working memory efficiency for children with developmental language disorders. Oral session presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Boston, MA.
  • Holbrook, S., Orellana, C., Schwartz, S., & Gillam, S. (June 2018). Developmental changes in the response to literal and inferential comprehension questions: Demographic and contextual effects. Poster session presented at the 39th annual Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.
  • Simms, G., Browning, S., Peterson, M., Holbrook, S., Gillam, S. (April 2018). Coding acoustic properties of discourse for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Poster session presented at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Browning, S., Miller, A., Johnson, N., Southwick, S., Holbrook, S., & Gillam, S. (April 2018). Grammatical accuracy of narratives produced by typically developing children ages 4-7. Poster session presented at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Passey, A., Eggertson, K., Polson, B., Holbrook, S., & Gillam, S. (April 2018). Elaborative noun phrase use in narratives by school age children. Poster session presented at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Reische, D., Froerer, C., Mumford, S., Beck, T., Holbrook, S., & Gillam, S. (April 2018). Give us a HAND: Holistic narrative quality rating of stories told by typically developing children. Poster session presented at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Scott, K., Hampshire, T., Ashcroft, H., Israelsen, M., Holbrook, S., & Gillam, S. (April 2018). Narrative proficiency of stories produced by typically developing students ages 4-7. Poster session presented at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK.

Awards:

  • Frederick Q. Lawson Fellowship, Fall 2017-Spring 2018
  • Student Scholar Award, September 18-19, 2015, 10th Annual Eleanor M. Saffran Cognitive Neuroscience Conference, Philadelphia, PA