Welcome to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Jamie Smith

Assistant Professor
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • CSD 402.Sec 001 Cognition and Language Across the Lifespan I: Foundation
  • CSD 299.Sec 009 Independent Honor Study
  • CSD 287.Sec 005 Independent Study
  • CSD 400.Sec 005 Independent Study
  • CSD 321.Sec 001 Introduction To Language Disorders
  • CSD 323.Sec 001 Introduction To Neurogenic Disorders
  • CSD 323.Sec 002 Introduction To Neurogenic Disorders
  • CSD 323.Sec 003 Introduction To Neurogenic Disorders
  • CSD 291.Sec 005 Undergraduate Teaching Experience In Comm Sciences Disorders
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • research methods, pediatric dysphagia, organic pathologies
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Environmental variables that influence communication skills, with a particular interest in short-term and long-term outcomes for children who experienced adverse perinatal events like prematurity. Effective strategies for feeding intervention with compromised infants. School-aged language outcomes for children born prematurely, with an emphasis on automated assessment tools for conversations and narratives.
  • Ph D Speech and Hearing Science - 2010
  • University of Illinois
  • Champaign, IL
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: The Impact of Prematurity on Language Skills at School Age
  • MA Speech-Language Pathology - 1995
  • University of Illinois
  • Champaign, IL
  • BA English/Comparative Literature - 1991
  • Northwestern University
  • Evanston, IL
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Mills, M., Mahurin-Smith, J., & Steele, S.C. (2017). Does rare vocabulary use distinguish giftedness from typical development? A study of school-age African-American narrators. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26(2).
  • Mahurin-Smith, J. (2016). Mothers' perspectives on effective assistance with breastfeeding problems. Clinical Lactation, 7(4), 142-147.
  • Harlaar, N., DeThorne, L.S., Mahurin-Smith, J., Betancourt, M.A., & Petrill, S.A. (2016). Longitudinal effects on early adolescent language: A twin study. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 59, 1059-1073.
  • Mahurin Smith, J. (2015). Breastfeeding and language outcomes: A review of the literature. Journal of Communication Disorders, 57, 29-40.
  • Mahurin Smith, J., DeThorne, L.S., & Petrill, S.A. (2015). From aardvark to ziggurat: A new tool for assessing children's use of rare vocabulary. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 29, 441-454.
  • Mahurin-Smith, J., DeThorne, L.S., Logan, J.A.R., Channell, R.W., & Petrill, S.A. (2014). The impact of prematurity on language skills at school age, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57, 901-916.
  • Mahurin-Smith, J., and Ambrose, N.G. (2013). Breastfeeding may protect against persistent stuttering. Journal of Communication Disorders, 46, 351-360.
  • PRESENTATIONS
  • Mahurin-Smith, J. (2017, January.) Changes in student knowledge and attitudes in a pediatric dysphagia course. Poster. Teaching and Learning Symposium, Normal IL.
  • Mahurin-Smith, J., & DeThorne, L.S. (2016, November.) The impact of prematurity on language skills in pre-adolescents. Poster. American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia PA.
  • Mahurin-Smith, J. (2016, November.) Changes in student knowledge and attitudes in a pediatric dysphagia course. Poster. American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia PA.
  • Mahurin-Smith, J., Johnson, C.J., & DeThorne, L.S. (2016, November.) Syntactic complexity in conversations and narratives. Poster. American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia PA.
  • Mills, M., Mahurin-Smith, J., & Steele, S.C. (2016, June). Does rare vocabulary production distinguish giftedness from typical development in school-age African American narrators? Poster. Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison WI.
  • Pivek, E., & Mahurin-Smith, J. (2016, April). Long-term impact of developmental care on children born prematurely. Poster. Illinois State University Student Research Symposium, Normal IL.
  • Weigt, K., & Mahurin-Smith, J. (2016, April). Supports for parents and families of children with disabilities. Poster. Illinois State University Student Research Symposium, Normal IL.
  • Berto, V., Burdick, A., Mineau, A., Nitz, P, & Mahurin-Smith, J. (2016, April). The influence of education and media in healthcare settings. Poster. Illinois State University Student Research Symposium, Normal IL.
  • Smith, J., Vinney, L. & Rich, K. (2016, January). Allowing anything to happen: A transdisciplinary investigation of students’ experiences with Fitzmaurice Voicework. Poster presentation at the 2016 Teaching and Learning Symposium, Illinois State University, Normal, IL.
  • DeThorne, L., Harlaar, N., Mahurin Smith, J., Rogers, C., & Betancourt, M.A. (2015, June). Longitudinal causal effects on early adolescent language. Poster. Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison WI.
  • Mahurin Smith, J. (2015, June.) Breastfeeding and language outcomes: A review of the literature. Poster. Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison WI.
  • Fait, A., Berto, V., Horn, T., Nitz, P., Olivo, S., & Mahurin Smith, J. (2015, April). Breastfeeding supports, breastfeeding barriers: Factors in breastfeeding duration and maternal satisfaction. Poster. Illinois State University Student Research Symposium, Normal IL.
  • McCaslin, M., & Mahurin Smith, J. (2015, February). The relationship between breastfeeding and child development. Poster. Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Rosemont IL.
  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • 2014 New Faculty Initiative Grant. Illinois State University.