Holly L. Storkel, PhD

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Speech-Language-Hearing
Professor
Chair, Speech-Language-Hearing
Primary office:
785-864-0497
Dole Human Development Center
Room 3001
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Ave
Lawrence, KS 66045


Dr. Storkel received her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She received her master's in Speech-Language Pathology and doctorate in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Dr. Storkel completed her clinical fellowship year during her doctoral program by working in a private practice specializing in language disorders in children. Upon completion of her PhD, Dr. Storkel was a post-doctoral fellow in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Cognitive Psychology at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She joined the faculty in the Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS in 2001.

Teaching

Dr. Storkel teaches courses related to language structure, processing, development and disorders at the undergraduate and graduate level. She also has lead several doctoral seminars related to professional development and grant writing. In terms of student mentoring, Dr. Storkel has mentored 1 post-doctoral fellow, 13 doctoral students as a primary mentor or co-mentor, 8 doctoral students as a secondary research mentor, 2 SLPD students as a primary mentor, 26 MA student research projects, and 41 undergraduate research projects. In addition, Dr. Storkel has served as a sponsor or co-sponsor on two NIDCD F31 Predoctoral Fellowships (F31DC006749, PI J.R. Hoover; F31DC006749, PI T.P. Hogan) and is currently a co-director (with Dr. Mabel Rice) on the Training Researchers in Language Impairments training grant (T32DC000052). She has received 5 university awards for excellence in teaching and/or student mentoring and has published several local and national articles on teaching and training issues.

Teaching Interests

  • Language science
  • Phonology
  • Phonological disorders

Research

Dr. Storkel’s research program focuses on understanding how typically developing children learn sounds and words so rapidly whereas children with language disorders struggle to learn sounds and words. Her completed research (K23DC004781, R03DC008095, R01DC008095) has provided evidence that certain words are easier to learn than others. Moreover, which words are easier to learn depends on the time point when learning is sampled (i.e., immediate learning during training versus retention following a gap in training) as well as the language skills of the child (R03DC008095, R01DC008095). Dr. Storkel’s ongoing research (R01DC012824) attempts to translate what is known about the nature of word learning deficits in children with language disorders into an effective treatment. You can learn more about her research at her Word and Sound Learning laboratory website http://wordlearning.ku.edu/, including her currently funded project Kindergarten Children Acquiring Words through Storybook Reading (KAW Story).

Research Interests

  • Language Development
  • Language disorders
  • Phonology
  • Word learning
  • Vocabulary
  • Specific Language Impairment
  • Speech sound disorders

Service

Dr. Storkel currently serves as Chair of the KU Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders Department and Co-Director (with John Ferraro) of the KU/KUMC Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders (2013-present). Dr. Storkel also is the Past-President of the KU Chapter of Sigma Xi (an international & multi-disciplinary research society, 2017-2019), an Action Editor for the Journal of Child Language (2014-2017), and Chair of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Scientific Advisory Board. Additional recent leadership experience includes Associate Chair of the KU Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders Department (2010-2013), Chair of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (AHSA) Research and Scientific Affairs Committee (RSAC, 2011-2013); Faculty Fellow at the University of Kansas Center for Undergraduate Research (2013-2014); Associate Editor for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (2011-2013).

Selected Publications

Storkel, H. L. (in press). Implementing evidence-based practice: Selecting treatment words to boost phonological learning. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/24768

Brackenbury, T. Zickar, M. J., Munson, B. & Storkel, H. L. (2017). Applying item response theory to the development of a screening adaptation of the Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation – 2. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60, 2672-2679.

Storkel, H. L., Komesidou, R. Fleming, K. K., & Romine, R. S. (2017). Interactive book reading to accelerate word learning by kindergarten children with SLI: Identifying adequate progress and successful learning patterns. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 48, 108-124. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/22552

Storkel, H. L., Voelmle, K. Fierro, V. Flake, K. Fleming, K. K., & Romine, R. S. (2017). Interactive book reading to accelerate word learning by kindergarten children with SLI: Identifying an adequate intensity and variation in treatment response. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 48, 16-30. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/22552

Han, M. K., Storkel, H. L., Lee, J. H., & Cox, C. (2016). The effect of phonotactic probability and neighborhood density on adults’ word learning in noisy conditions. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 25, 547-560. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/22118

Brady, N. C., Storkel, H. L., Bushnell, P. Barker, R. M., Saunders, K. Daniels, D. & Fleming, K. (2015). Investigating a multi-modal intervention for children with limited expressive vocabularies associated with autism. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 24, 438-458. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/19932

Storkel, H. L. (2015). Learning from input and memory evolution: Points of vulnerability on a pathway to mastery in word learning. International Journal of Speech-language Pathology, 17, 1-12. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/19916

Han, M. K., Storkel, H. L., Lee, J. H., & Yoshinaga-Itano, C. (2015). The influence of word characteristics on the vocabulary of children with cochlear implants. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 20, 242-251. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/19931

Research

The long-term goal of Professor Storkel's research program is to determine how preschool children learn and organize the words of the language with the ultimate intent of applying this knowledge to clinical populations. Children acquiring a language are faced with at least two tasks related to words: learning new words and organizing these in memory to uniquely distinguish each word from every other. During this process, children are also learning the sound system of the language, and it is likely that advances in word and sound learning influence one another. The specific aims of the research program are:

  1. to identify the processes underlying learning of new words and to describe the structure of word representations in preschool children;
  2. to document the influence of sound development on word learning and representations in preschool children;
  3. to examine these same processes in children with delayed vocabulary and/or sound development to provide evidence concerning the nature of these apparent delays.

The findings to emerge have the potential to extend current theories of word learning and to inform theories concerning the relationship between language perception and production.

Selected Publications

Storkel, H. L. & Hoover, J. R. (2011). The influence of part-word phonotactic probability/neighborhood density on word learning by preschool children varying in expressive vocabulary. Journal of Child Language, 38, 628-643. PMC2953578; doi:10.1017/S0305000910000176

Storkel, HL. & Lee, S. Y. (2011). The independent effects of phonotactic probability and neighborhood density on lexical acquisition by preschool children. Language and Cognitive Processes, 26, 191-211. NIHMSID 218956; doi: 10.1080/01690961003787609

Hoover, J. R., Storkel, H. L., & Hogan, T. P. (2010). A cross-sectional comparison of the effects of phonotactic probability and neighborhood density on word learning by preschool children. Journal of Memory and Language, 63, 100-116. PMC2885809; doi:10.1016/j.jml.2010.02.003

Storkel, H. L. & Hoover, J. R. (2010). Word learning by children with phonological delays: Differentiating effects of phonotactic probability and neighborhood density. Journal of Communication Disorders, 43, 105-119. PMC2834829; doi:10.1016/j.jcomdis.2009.11.001

Storkel, HL., Maekawa, J., & Hoover, J. R. (2010). Differentiating the effects of phonotactic probability and neighborhood density on vocabulary comprehension and production: A comparison of preschool children with versus without phonological delays. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research53, 933-949. PMC2917507; doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2009/09-0075)

Storkel, H. L. & Adlof, S. M. (2009). The effect of semantic set size on word learning by preschool children. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 52, 306-320. PMC2664852; doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2009/07-0175)

Storkel, H. L. (2009). Developmental differences in the effects of phonological, lexical, and semantic variables on word learning by infants. Journal of Child Language, 36, 291-321PMC2632730; doi: 10.1017/S030500090800891X

Storkel, H. L., Armbruster, J., & Hogan, T. P. (2006). Differentiating phonotactic probability and neighborhood density in adult word learning. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 49, 1175-1192. PMC2850108; doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2006/085) Awards: As of January, 2011, #20 of the 50 most frequently cited papers for this journal

Storkel, H. L. (2004). The emerging lexicon of children with phonological delays: Phonotactic constraints and probability in acquisition. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 47, 1194-1212doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2004/088)

Storkel, H. L. (2002). Restructuring similarity neighborhoods in the developing mental lexicon. Journal of Child Language, 29, 251-274. doi: 10.1017}S0305000902005032

Storkel, H. L. & Morrisette, M. L. (2002). The lexicon and phonology: Interactions in language acquisition. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools 33, 22-35. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2002/003) Awards: Editor’s Award for Best Paper; As of January, 2011, #21 of the 50 most frequently cited papers for this journal

Storkel, H. L. (2001). Learning new words: Phonotactic probability in language development. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 44, 1321-1337. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2001/103) Awards: As of January 2011, over 100 citations.

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