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Valencia Perry

Valencia Perry, PhD, CCC-SLP

  • Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • School of Communications


Dr. Valencia Perry is a bilingual (Spanish) and bidialectal (African American English) speech-language pathologist and assistant professor of child language and sociolinguistics in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She teaches graduate courses on research methods, applied sociolinguistics, and child language-literacy topics. Dr. Perry has clinical expertise in language development across the life span, language delays/disorders, multilingualism and sociolinguistics. She is licensed to practice speech-language pathology in Washington, DC and holds national certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

She is a principal investigator in the Sociolinguistics of Language and Literacy Research Lab as well as a clinical supervisor in the Howard University Speech & Hearing Clinic and an externship supervisor through her private practice, Speak Write LLC.

Education & Expertise



Dr. Perry has expertise in sociolinguistics and the impact of culture and linguistic diversity on communication sciences and disorders across the lifespan. Her research addresses later language development, literacy, and intervention effectiveness for children and adults with communication issues. She is an advocate of linguistic equity in schools and in systems that service people with communication disorders as well and language differences. 




Sociolinguistics- Language- Learning


Dr. Perry primarily conducts research through the SOL Lab ( Current funding is provided through the Research Centers for Minority Institutions NIH Supplement grant.