Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Alaina Davis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University where she also received her Ph.D. She is a licensed Medical Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer with the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists. Her research interest and expertise are in neurologically based communication disorders with adolescents and adults and primarily focus on traumatic brain injury/sport-related concussion. Dr. Davis directs the Cognitive-Communicative Skills Clinic and 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 as the Lead SLP on the HU Concussion Management Team. Dr. Davis is passionate about increasing 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 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 is also the Chair of the Committee on Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences.