Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Alaina Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University where she also received her Ph.D. She is also a licensed Medical Speech-Language Pathologist and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer with the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists. She has expertise in neurologically based communication disorders with adolescents and adults and primarily focuses on traumatic brain injury. Dr. Davis directs the Cognitive-Communicative Skills Research Lab in which the team examines cognitive-communicative deficits associated with sport-related concussion and return-to-learn/play/activity for student-athletes following concussion. Student-athletes are supported through her role on the HU Concussion Management Team. Dr. Davis’ work also addresses the understanding of the cognitive and communication styles of adolescents and adults from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds and identifies culturally responsive methods for cognitive-communicative assessment and treatment.
In addition, Dr. Davis is the Assistant Director of Graduate Assessment and leads the Graduate Assessment Council. She has an interest in program assessment and analyzes the effect of cognitive learning styles on significant learning in academic and clinical activities related to speech-language pathology. Dr. Davis is published in professional journals and has co-authored chapters on TBI. She also co-hosts a podcast called, Sunday Dinner with Drs. Stanford and Davis in which she leads a series called Brain Injury Chronicles with Dr. D. telling the stories of persons with concussion and its effect on their lives.
Southern University and A&M College
University of Houston
Verbal Reasoning, Working Memory, and Learning Strategies in Student-Athletes With and Without Concussion
The Speech-Language Pathologist’s Role in Increasing Knowledge and Attitudes of Athletes on Cognitive-Communication Symptoms Associated with Concussion
Davis, A. S. (2023). Eliminating racial bias and challenges for Black athletes with sports-related concussion: The role of SLP clinicians and researchers. Perspective of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1044/2022_PERSP-21-00281.
Bolowsky, V., Davis, A. S., & Zipse, L. (2022). Mapping meta-therapy onto the treatment of cognitive communication and language disorders in adults. Perspective of the ASHA Special Interest Groups. https://doi.org/10.1044/2022_PERSP-22-00072.
Davis, A. S. & Stanford, S. (2020) Shifting the mindset of racism through cognitive learning styles in communication sciences & sisorders. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech, Language, and Hearing, 15(3), 87-97.
Stanford, S. & Davis, A. S. (2020) Still sitting at the back of the bus: Black communication sciences & disorders academicians surviving in a system of bias and prejudice. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech, Language, and Hearing, 15(3), 95-97.
Cifu, D. X., Uchima, O. K., Davis, A. S., Lower, A. E., Jin, J. L., & Lew, H. L. (2016). Significance of concussions in Hawaii: From land to sea. Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 75(9), 262-265.
Davis, A. S., Wright-Harp, W., Lucker, J., Payne, J. C., & Campbell, A. (2016). Cultural familiarity of figurative expressions from three music genres in African American adults. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 43, 238- 254.
Payne, J. C., Wright-Harp, W., & Davis, A. S. (2014). Traumatic brain injury. In J. C. Payne, Adult Neurogenic Language Disorders: Assessment and Treatment–An Ethnobiological Approach. 2nd Edition (pp. 175-264). San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.