Welcome to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders



Ann R Beck


Chair and Professor

(Speech-Language Pathology)

Office Address: 204 Fairchild Hall
Office Phone: 309-438-8643
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Email: Contact Ann Beck (arbeck)
Website: Visit Ann Beck’s Website
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Dr. Beck's primary research interest is in the area of augmentative and alternative communication. Specifically, she has investigated the attitudes of children and adolscents toward their peers who use AAC and the efficacy of various AAC interventions. She is also interested in the areas of counseling in CSD and college students' ability to manage stress.
Dr. Beck earned her B.S. and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and her Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Selected Publications:

Beck, A.R., Seeman, S., & Verticchio, H. (submitted). Yoga as a technique to reduce stress

experienced by CSD graduate students.

Beck, A. R., & Verticchio, H. (accepted). Counseling and mindfulness practice with graduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Beck, A. R., & Verticchio, H. (2014). Facilitating speech-language pathology graduate   students’ ability to manage stress: A pilot study.  Contemporary Issues in Communication

Sciences and Disorders, 41, 24-39.

Beck, A. (2012). The use of script training and videoconferencing holds promise for improving the communication skills orf people with aphasia, but further study is warranted. [Abstract]. Evidence Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, iFirst, 1-6. Abstract of  Goldberg, S., Haley, K.L., & Jacks, A. (2012). Script training and generalization for people with aphasia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 21, 222-238.

doi :10.1080/17489539.2012.745349

Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/nAJqsgs8MUzurHIcZZet/full

Stoner, J. B.; Beck, A. R.; Parette, H. P. Jr.; Nagorski, K. & Young, K. (2011). Perspectives of Young Indian Children’s Parents Regarding U.S. Educational Practices. Multicultural Learning and Teaching, 6( 2), DOI: 10.2202/2161-2412.1085 Available at: http://www.bepress.com/mlt/vol6/iss2/

Beck, A. (2011). AAC and message enhancement for persons with aphasia. In R. Koul (ed.). Augmentative and alternative communication for adults with aphasia: Augmentative and alternative communications perspectives, Vol. 3 (pp. 93-133). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Stoner, J., Beck, A., Dennis, M., & Parette, P. (2011). The use of instructional technology in direct vocabulary instruction. Journal of Special Education Technology, 26 (3), 35-46. 

Beck, A., Thompson, J., Kosuwan, K., & Prochnow, J. (2010). The Development and Utilization of a Scale to Measure Adolescents’ Attitudes Toward Peers who Use AAC Devices. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 53(3), 572-587.

Beck, A. (2009). Attitudes toward children and teens who use AAC: Have they changed in 20 years? Perspectives on augmentative and alternative communication,18(3), 95-101.

Beck, A. (2009). Research on the effectiveness of the Picture Exchange Communicaiton System (PECS) has increased, but this review is not very systematic. [Abstract]. Evidence Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 3 (3), 136-140. Abstract of  Sulzer-Azaroff, B., Hoffman, A.O., Horton, C.B., Bondy, A., & Frost, L. (2009). The Picture Exchange Communicaiton System (PECS): What do the data say? Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 24, 89-103.

Beck, A., Stoner, J., & Dennis, M. (2009). An investigation of aided language stimulation: Does it increase AAC use with adults with developmental disabilities and complex communication needs? Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 25, 42 – 54.

Beck, A., Stoner, J., Bock, S., & Parton, T. (2008). Comparision of PECS and the Use of a VOCA: A replication. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 43, 198-216.

Beck, A. (2008). Using technology to enhance and augment communication of persons with developmental disabilities. In P. Parette, G. Peterson-Karlan, & R. Ringlaben (Eds.). Research- based and emerging practices in developmental disabilities(2nd ed., pp. 331-348). Austin, Tx: Pro-Ed.

Beck, A. (2007). Whether SentenceShaper®, a computerized communication system, supports verbal production in individuals with aphasia remains to be seen [Abstract], Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 1:3, 124 - 126. Abstract of Lunebarger, M., McCall, D., Virata, T., & Berndt, R. S. (2007). Widening the temporal window: Processing support in the treatment of asphasic language production. Brain and Language, 100, 53–68.

Beck, A. (2007). Discussion for those new to evidence-based practice. Perspectives on augmentative and alternative communication,16(3),11-12.

Beck, A. (2007). Training in assistive technology relates to early intervention practice. [Abstract]. Evidence Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 1, 35-36. Abstract of Wilcox, M. J., Guimond, A., Campbell, P. H., Moore, H. W. (2006). Provider perspectives on the use of assistive technology for infants and toddlers with disabilities. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 26, 33-49.