Rebecca Alper, PhD
Position title: Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
PhD, University of Iowa
1500 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
Dr. Alper’s research focuses on understanding and improving language and academic outcomes for children who are at-risk as a result of learning environment, communication disorder status, or both. This work includes clinical behavioral assessment research, as well as research on the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinician and caregiver-mediated early language and literacy interventions. Additionally, Dr. Alper is interested in research methodology and data analysis for speech-language research.
O’Fallon, M. K., Alper, R. M., Beiting, M., & Luo, R. (2022). Assessing shared reading in families at risk: Does quantity predict quality?. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 31(5), 2108–2122. https://doi.org/10.1044/2022_AJSLP-22-00013
Beiting, M., Alper, R. M., Luo, R., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2022). Keep the ball rolling: Sustained multiturn conversational episodes are associated with child language ability. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 31(5), 2186–2194. https://doi.org/10.1044/2022_AJSLP-21-00333
Alper, R. M., Beiting, M., Luo, R., Jaen, J., Peel, M., Levi, O., Robinson, C., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2021). Change the Things You Can: Modifiable Parent Characteristics Predict High-Quality Early Language Interaction Within Socioeconomic Status. Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR, 64(6), 1992–2004. https://doi.org/10.1044/2021_JSLHR-20-00412
Alper, R. M., Hurtig, R. R., & McGregor, K. K. (2020). The role of maternal psychosocial perceptions in parent-training programs: a preliminary randomized controlled trial. Journal of child language, 47(2), 358–381. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305000919000138
Hurtig, R. R., Alper, R. M., Bryant, K. N. T., Davidson, K. R., & Bilskemper, C. (2019). Improving Patient Safety and Patient-Provider Communication. Perspectives of the ASHA special interest groups, 4(5), 1017–1027. https://doi.org/10.1044/2019_persp-19-00134
Luo, R., Alper, R. M., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Mogul, M., Chen, Y., Masek, L. R., Paterson, S., Pace, A., Adamson, L. B., Bakeman, R., Golinkoff, R. M., & Owen, M. T. (2019). Community-Based, Caregiver-Implemented Early Language Intervention in High-Risk Families: Lessons Learned. Progress in community health partnerships : research, education, and action, 13(3), 283–291. https://doi.org/10.1353/cpr.2019.0056
Hurtig, R. R., Alper, R. M., & Berkowitz, B. (2018). The cost of not addressing the communication barriers faced by hospitalized patients. Perspectives of the ASHA special interest groups, 3(12), 99–112. https://doi.org/10.1044/persp3.SIG12.99
McGregor, K. K., & Alper, R. M. (2015). Sleep Disorders as a Risk to Language Learning and Use. EBP briefs, 10(1), 1–21.
Alper, R., Fu, X., Erickson-Levendoski, E., Zheng, W., & Sivasankar, M. (2011). Acute stress to excised vocal fold epithelium from reactive oxygen species. The Laryngoscope, 121(10), 2180–2184. https://doi.org/10.1002/lary.22157