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Dr. Jamie Mahurin Smith

Associate Professor, PhD, CCC-SLP, IBCLC
Special Education
Rachel Cooper - RC 208
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Dr. Jamie Mahurin Smith is an associate professor in CSD. She is also a speech-language pathologist and a board-certified lactation consultant. She studies short- and long-term outcomes for children who have experienced early medical challenges, such as prematurity.

Current Courses

402.001Cognition and Language Across the Lifespan I: Foundation

299.002Independent Honor Study

287.004Independent Study

400.002Independent Study

321.001Introduction To Language Disorders

323.001Introduction To Neurogenic Disorders

323.002Introduction To Neurogenic Disorders

291.011Undergraduate Teaching Experience In Communication Sciences Disorders

412.001Speech Sound Disorders

Teaching Interests & Areas

language development and disorders, causal factors, pediatric dysphagia

Research Interests & Areas

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

University of Illinois
Champaign, IL

MA Speech-Language Pathology

University of Illinois
Champaign, IL

BA English/Comparative Literature

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Journal Article

Mahurin-Smith, J. & Lorio, C. (2023). Transition class: A bridge from early intervention to early childhood special education, Education 3-13, DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2023.2233983
Mahurin-Smith, J. (2023). Challenges with breastfeeding: Pain, nipple trauma, and perceived insufficient milk supply. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 48(3), 161-167.
Mahurin-Smith, J., & Watson, G. (2023). “It was never resolved”: A qualitative investigation of long-term breastfeeding-related distress. Breastfeeding Review, 31(3), 40-47.
Mahurin-Smith, J. (2022). Transitions out of early intervention: A qualitative investigation of families’ experiences. Infants and Young Children, 35(2), 150-162.
Mahurin-Smith, J., & Beck, A. (2022). Self-compassion may protect against postpartum depression and anxiety. Breastfeeding Review, 30, 27-34.


Skilled breastfeeding support: An interdisciplinary approach to assessment and treatment of breastfeeding challenges.. Rethinking Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing. American Speech-Language Hearing Association. (2023)
Provider perceptions of early intervention telepractice. American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention. American Speech-Language Hearing Association. (2022)
Impact of tongue-tie on infant feeding experiences. Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention. (2021)
Mahurin-Smith, J., & Watson Genna, C. (2021, October). Assessing and treating the breastfeeding dyad. Indiana Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, online due to COVID-19.
We Gave Our Courses a Makeover; You Can Too!. CTLT Teaching and Learning Symposium. (2020)
Concussion Awareness: Knowledge and Prevention in Adolescents. Student Research Symposium. (2019)
Rare Vocabulary Use in the Narratives of African-American Children. Student Research Symposium. (2019)
Skilled Breastfeeding Support: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Assessment & Treatment of Breastfeeding. American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention. (2019)
Ankyloglossia assessment and treatment: Investigating controversial topics in the medical community. Student Research Symposium. (2018)
Self-Compassion & Perceived Stress Among the Parents\ of Children With Feeding Challenges.. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2018)

Grants & Contracts

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning travel grant. Cross Chair. Illinois State University. (2016)
Transitions out of early intervention. College of Arts and Sciences, Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2016)
New Faculty Initiative Grant. College of Arts and Sciences. Illinois State University. (2014)