Doctor of Philosophy in Students with Exceptionalities and minor in Communication Sciences & Disorders, Georgia State University (2017)
Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, West Virginia University (2011)
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders, Michigan State University (2009)
Licenses and Certifications
Licenses and Certifications
Certificate of Clinical Competence Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP)
Current Issues In Speech Language Pathology Audiology
Diagnostic Procedures In Speech/Language Pathology
Language Disorders In Children I
Language Disorders In Children II
Research Methods In Communication Sciences And Disorders
Ryan Lee-James, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. Her work contributes to the larger body of research that is focused on better understanding the impact of African American English dialect use on assessment and treatment of language disorders for children reared in poverty.
Washington, J. A., & Lee-James, R. Intersectionality of poverty, race and reading disabilities: Diagnostic accuracy in African American children. (In Press) (Eds.). Dyslexia 101: Revisiting Etiology, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Policy.
Washington, J. A., Branum-Martin, L., Lee-James, R., & Sun, C. (In Press). Reading and language performance of low-income, African American boys in grades 1-5. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 35(1), 42-64.
Lee-James, R., & Washington, J. A. (2018). Language skills of bidialectal and bilingual children: Considering a strengths-based model. Topics in Language Disorders.
Washington, J.A., Branum-Martin, L., Sun, C., & Lee-James, R. (2018). The impact of dialect density on the growth of language and reading in African American children. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools.
Lee, R., & Oetting, J. (2014). Zero marking of past tense in child African American English. SIG 1: Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, 21, 173-181.
Oetting, J., Lee, R., Porter, K. (2013). Evaluating the grammars of children who speak nonmainstream dialects of English. Topics in Language Disorders, 33, 1-12.
Lee-James, R. (2019). The impact of cultural dialect on reading and writing: The case of African American English. Association for Reading & Writing in Asia. Goa, India.
Johnson, L., Patton-Terry, N., & Lee-James, R. (2018). The relation between delta DVAR, inhibitory control, language, & reading in African American students. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Boston, MA.
Lee-James, R., Chernyavskay, E., Johnson, L. (2018). Representation of minority & language minority children on speech-language caseloads: A systematic synthesis. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Boston, MA.
Washington, J. A., & Lee-James, R. (2018). Reading and language performance of low-income African American boys in grades 1-5. Society for the Scientific Studies of Reading, Brighton, UK.
Lee-James, R., Johnson, L., & Washington, J. A.. Inhibitory control among African American English speakers from mixed income families: A descriptive analysis. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Los Angeles, CA.
Johnson, L., & Lee-James, R., Gatlin, B., & Patton-Terry, N. (2016, November). Executive functioning skills and its relation to oral and written narrative skills in African American children. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.
Lee-James, R., & Washington, J. A. (2015, June). Performance of low-income, African American English-speaking children on the Morphological Comprehension subtest of the TOLD-I:4. Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.
Lee, R., Oetting, J., & Hegarty, M. (2013, June) Past tense and past participle structures in child AAE and SWE. Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.
Gregory, K., Lee, R., & Oetting, J. (2013, April). Working with students who speak AAE & SWE: What SLPSs should know. National Black Association for Speech, Language and Hearing, Washington, D.C.
Oetting, J., Riviere, A., Lee, R., Richardson, J., Hegarty, M., & McDonald, J. (June, 2012). Structure specific differences across tasks in nonmainstream dialects. Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.
Lee, R. (2012, January). A System-Based Approach to Examining Past Tense in Child AAE and SWE. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Lee-James, R., Washington, J. A., & Hendrick, R. (2018). Morphological Judgments and Reading in Low-Income, African American English Speakers. Poster to be presented at The Extraordinary Brain Series sponsored by The Dyslexia Foundation, Drakensberg, South Africa.
Academic Presentations and Workshops (not peer-reviewed)
Lee-James, R. (May, 2019). Examining heterogeneity in high dialect users: Implications for language and reading. Staff talk presented at Haskins Laboratory, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
Lee-James, R. (May, 2019). Assessment of phonological processing. Professional Development for Baldwin Public Schools, Baldwin, NY.
Lee-James, R., & Velsor, M. (Apr., 2018). Speech-language pathology 101. Distance training for Mustard Seed caregivers in Jamaica focused on providing caregiver-strategies to enhance communication skills for residents with disabilities.
Lee-James, R. (Oct., 2018). Using language-rich models to enhance children’s oral and written language skills. Professional Development for PS134-NYC Public Schools, Queens, NY.
Summer Activity Recipient. Provost’s Award for Professional Summer Development ($1,959), 2018. National Science Foundation Grants Conference
Faculty Development Grant ($3,300). Executive Function in Low-Income African American 1st Graders, 2018.
Travel Award ($750). Symposium for Research on Child Language Disorders, National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH-NIDCD), Madison, WI: June, 2015.
Travel Award ($500). Symposium for Research on Child Language Disorders, National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH-NIDCD), Madison, WI: June, 2013.
Travel Award ($1000). College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Louisiana State University travel stipend awarded for scholars presenting at national conferences: 2012 & 2013.
Professional Research Mentor to NIH scholar of California State University Northridge. (2017- Present). Project titled, "African American children’s performance on standardized and non-standardized language measures". Submitted to be presented at the annual Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.
Honors and Accomplishments
Honors and Accomplishments
AU Student Gov’t Women’s Recognition Award, 2019.
Invited Interview. Speech Pathology Master’s Programs. Link to the interview: https://speechpathologymastersprograms.com/faculty-interviews/ryan-lee-james/, 2018.
Doctoral Fellow. Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy. Language and Literacy Initiative. College of Education and Human Development, Georgia State University, 2015 - 2017.
Outstanding Doctoral Student. Selected recipient In recognition of outstanding scholarship, teaching and service in the Communication Sciences and Disorders doctoral degree program, Georgia State University, 2016.
Invited Participant. U.S. Department of Education, 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Washington, D.C. July, 2014.
Doctoral Fellow. Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), Minority Doctoral Scholar program initiative to increase diversity in academia, 2011-2014.
Chalk Talk Facilitator. Southern Regional Education Boarc (SREB), 2017.
Member. Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2011-2017.
Member. National Black Association for Speech, Language, and Hearing (NBASLH), 2014-2016.
Member. Sigma XI, Scientific Research Society, 2013-2015.
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