Crowley, Catherine J. (cjc49)

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Crowley, Catherine
Professor of Practice
Biobehavioral Sciences

1054 Thndk

Office Hours:
2:00 to 4:00 PM Monday,  Thursday 3:00 to 4:00 PM, and by appointment. 

Educational Background

B.A. University of Rochester

M.A. Kean University

J.D. Rutgers Law School-Newark

Ph.D. Columbia University

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Crowley's work focuses on enhancing the quality of services that our children and adolescents receive particularly those bilingual and minority students and students from lower socio-economic status. First and foremost this requires that professionals who work with these students have the highest quality knowledge and skills. Quality professionals alone cannot make the needed changes. What is also needed is that the law and public policies must be in place so that quality professionals to do work that may be inconsistent with the current clinical practice. The nexus of special education, sociolinguistics, bilingualism and bidialectalism, is where Dr. Crowley's scholarly interest lies.

Since 2006 Dr. Crowley has led annual trips to Ghana and Bolivia whereby her TC SLP graduate students provide e free services to people with communication disorders. The international work is designed to provide opportunities for student to acquire high quality clinical skills and cultural competencies that will transfer to their work with diverse populations in the U.S., and developing a "world citizen" approach to SLP. This is the link to the TC SLP 2011Ghana trip blog.

Current Projects

Bilingual Extension Institute


The Bilingual Extension Institute at Teachers College Columbia University provides clinicians with the knowledge and skills to make these differential diagnoses and provide appropriate services. The bilingual extension certificate requirement of the State Education Department recognizes the need for special training. Any clinician who works with bilingual children and adolescents (ages 3-21) for IEP based-services must obtain this add-on to their Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities certificate. The Bilingual Extension Institute at Teachers College Columbia University fulfills all requirements of the bilingual extension, except for the NYSED BEA, the language proficiency test.


The LEADERS Project website is designed for practitioners, educators, and families. A primary goal is to make resources available to ensure that those from lower income homes, and bilingual and minority children and adolescents receive competent services.

The LEADERS Project site features a media library with educational videos, a resource library with many free downloadable resources. 

  • Disability evaluations:  For Disability evaluations, the site includes legal information; relevant research, and video tutorials with downloadable resources such as model evaluations and test reviews.  
  • Cleft palate speech and feeding. The site offers a vast amount of videos and downloadable resources for parents and professionals who work with children with cleft palate speech and feeding issues. Cleft palate speech therapy books are available in 8 different languages including Spanish, English, French, Twi, Igbo, Korean, and Mandarin.
  • International work for students with intellectual disabilities and autism.   Videos and materials on successful approaches in Ghana, Ethiopia, and Kenya that develop communication systems, increasing inclusion and integration in schools and communities, vocational training opportunities, and structures for professional development retreats. The videos are in many languages including Twi, Kikuyu, Swahili, African French, English, and Amharic. 
  • Free Continuing Education Units. The site offers professionals free continuing education units based on video tutorials, readings, and successful completion of an online multiple choice test. Those who complete receive a certificate and can receive CEUs from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. 
  • The site also includes articles written by the LEADERS Project team, a glossary of terms you will find used on the site, and a blog for community development.
Latina/o and Latin American Faculty Working Group

Selected Publications

Crowley, C., Baigorri, M., Ntim, C., Bukari, B., Oseibagyina, A., Kitcher, E., Paintsil, A., Ampomah, O. W., & Laing, A. (2013). Collaborations to address barriers for people with communication disabilities in Ghana: Considering the world report on disability. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15(1): 53–57.

Crowley, C., & Baigorri, M. (2012, October 30). International Service That Really Serves. The ASHA Leader. Retrieved from

Levy, E., & Crowley, C. (2012). Beliefs regarding the impact of accent within speech-language pathology practice areas. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 34(1), 47-55. doi: 10.1177/1525740112446851.


Levy, E. S.&Crowley, C. J. (2012). Policies and practices regarding students with accents in speech-language pathology training programs. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 34, 59-68. doi:10.1177/1525740111409567

Crowley, C., & Baigorri, M. (2011). Effective approaches to international work: Substance and sustainability for speech-language pathology student groups. Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, 1(1), 27-35. doi: 10.1044/gics1.1.27

Deal-Williams, V., Crowley, C. J., Levy, E. S., & Mahendara, N. (2011). The clinical education of students with accents [Professional Issues Statement]. Retrieved from

Crowley, C. and 2011 Ghana Team (2011, February 11). Gone to Ghana. Retrieved from   (2011, February 15).

Crowley, C. (2010, February). Incorporating AAC in the Community: Beyond "More Bubbles".                Augmentative Communication World Network (ACWN)Newsletter. Found at                                        

Crowley, C. (2010).A critical analysis of the CELF-4: The responsible clinician's guide to the CELF-4.
(Doctoral dissertation). Available from Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3420871)

Crowley, C. (2010) "Bilingual Extension Institute" "" page  Developed to provide former students and  interested professionals with updates on current research and new developments for  SLPs and psychologists working with bilingual and multicultural populations.

Polovoy, C. & Crowley, C. (2009). "Aural rehabilitation telepractice: International project links NY   student clinicians, Bolivian children", The ASHA Leader June 16, 2009,14(8), 20-21.

Crowley, C. (2007, Oct. 16). "Gaining cultural competence: Student SLPs work and learn in Bolivia" The ASHA Leader.

"Deviations from the Norm", 2006 monthly column in The ADVANCE for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Co-authors were all TC SLP students.
  • Crowley, C. & Ouellette, P. (2006, Jan. 27). "Introducing ABEL:  Assessment Based in Evidence and Law".
  • Crowley, C. & Ouellette, P. (2006, Feb. 24). "Asking the Critical Questions: The Parent Interview".
  • Crowley, C. Bielefeld, A., & Ouellette, P. (2006, Mar. 27). Putting the tests to the test: Confidence intervals".
  • Crowley, C. Bielefeld, A., & Ouellette, P. (2006, April 24). "Putting the tests to the test II: Discriminant accuracy".
  • Crowley, C. & Ouellette, P. (2006, June 15). "What IDEA 2004 says about assessment".
  • Crowley, C. (2006, Oct. 23). "Columnists respond to readers' questions".
  • Crowley, C. (2006, Nov. 17). "The teacher interview: Questions you need to ask".
  • Crowley, C., Agosto, N., & Castle, G. (2006, Dec. 11). "Cultural and linguistic biases in assessment materials".

Crowley, C. J. (2004, March 16). "The Ethics of Assessment With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations". The ASHA Leader.  

Crowley, C. (2003) "Diagnosing communication disorders in culturally and linguistically diverse students". ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education. Digest E650m EDO-EC-03-11.

Crowley, C. & Valenti, D. (2002). "Vocabulary development with culturally and linguistically diverse children and Adolescents".  Perspectives, ASHA Language and Learning SID, Nov. 2002.

In the news

TC Faculty, Administrators Receive Humanitarian Award for Work in Ghana" (March 7, 2012)

Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies. (2011, February 3). "Ghana's unit schools integrate learners with disabilities."  Found at

TV3 News Midday Live. (2011, January 14). Midday live [Television broadcast]. Accra, Ghana: TV3. Retrieved from

Dowskin, E., (2011).  "Words from Ghana."Inside TC, 16(3), 1. Found at

 Levine, J. (2009). "Hearing aids: TC team delivers speech and language therapy via the Internet to a school for the deaf in Bolivia." Inside TC, 14(3), pp. 10-11. Found at

Sapers, J. (2009). "Giving Voice to the World".TC Today, Spring/Summer 2009, 52-55. Found at

Polovoy, C. & Crowley, C. (2009). "Aural rehabilitation telepractice: International project links NY student clinicians, Bolivian children", The ASHA Leader June 16, 2009, 14(8), 20-21. Found at

Levine, J. (2007, October). "Bolivia helping children to see and be heard: Visiting TC students navigate cultural differences to provide speech and language services."Inside TC. Found at

Levine, J. (2009, December).  "Saxman, Crowley Honored by Professional Association for Work in  Diversity". Inside TC, 15(1). Found at  

"TIEMPO". Channel 7, ABC network. Joe Torre program. Aired, March 16, 2010. 15 minute segment on the shortage of bilingual SLPs. Appeared with current and former TC SLP students.

Levine, J. (2008-09, Winter). "Blazing a (Speech)"Path" in Cambodia." Inside TC, 14(3). Winter 2008-2009, pp. 12.

Gottfred, K. (2008, August) "From the President: A broader vision of advocacy." ASHA Leader, August 2008.

Dicker, R. (2006, March 11). "Speaking in (2) tongues: Raising a bilingual kid takes a little diligence" by Ron Dicker. New York  Daily News. New York, NY. March 11, 2006.

Karlin, R. (2006, January 16). "Schools pressed on special education numbers: Children lacking disabilities are often placed in classes." Times Union, Albany, NY  January 16, 2006

Mosheim, J. (2005, June). "Speech and language testing: Good knowledge base required for complex process." ADVANCE, 15(26): 6-8 (June 2005) 


ASHA (2011). "Clinical education of students with non-native accents and dialects". Rockville, MD: ASHA. (One of 4-person ad hoc group that drafted the document for ASHA).

ASHA (2010). "Roles and responsibilities of SLPs in Schools". Rockville, MD: ASHA. (One of six-person committee that drafted document for ASHA).

ASHA (2005). "Ethical issues and solutions: Working with ELL students". June 5, 2005. National-wide teleconference. Now part of ASHA's permanent professional development catalogue. 

ASHA (2004). "Knowledge and skills needed by speech-language pathologists and audiologists to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services" Rockville, MD: ASHA. (Lead author and Chair of knowledge and skills document committee of ASHA's Multicultural Issues Board).

ASHA (2003)." American English Dialects" [Technical Report]. (Named co-author). Available from

ASHA's Multicultural Issues Board (2002). "Best practices approaches for working with culturally and linguistically diverse children" Guest editorial. ASHA Leader, 4/2/02.(Authored article for MIB).


ASHA International Issues Board. 2013-2016.

NYS Licensure Board for Speech Pathology and Audiology
2002-2012. Past chair and vice chair. 
American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), member.

ASHA SID 17 Global Issues in Communication Disorders, Founding steering committee member.

ASHA committee member, to revise the Roles and Responsibilities of the School-based SLP  
ASHA personnel shortage cadre expert for northeastern U.S.

ASHA Government Relations and Policy Planning Board,

ASHA Multicultural Issues Board
, 2001-2003.
         Chair MIB committee to draft "Knowledge and skills needed by SLPs and Audiologists to 
           provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services" 2002-document publication in 2004.         

New York State Speech Language and Hearing Association,
NYS Education Department Task Force on Higher Ed Opportunities for  Speech Providers. 1995-2006.
ASHA Convention 2012. Meritorious Poster Submission 2012. "International Clinical Experiences for Master's Students: 5 Years in Ghana".

National Council of Ghanaian Associations. Humanitarian Award "for dedicated and devoted work for disabled children and institutions of higher education, 2012

ASHA Certificate for Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement, 2011

ASHA Fellow, 2010

ASHA Diversity Champion, 2009

ASHA's Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions to Multicultural Affairs,

ASHA's SID 1 Starfish award, 2007.

Board Recognized Child Language Specialist,
2005 to present.

The Outstanding Teacher Award from Dean of College based upon student evaluations, 2003-2004, Teachers College Columbia University.

Golden Apple, November 2003 from ASHA Leader based upon nominations from graduate students.

R. Van Hattum Award, from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association for outstanding service to children in the schools.

R. Van Hattum Award NYS Nominee to ASHA  from the New York State Speech Language and Hearing Association.                               

Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Children and their Families, from United Cerebral Palsy of New York City Manhattan Children's Program.

Teaching commendation from Dean of the College based upon student evaluations 1999-2000, Teachers College Columbia University.

Selected Invited Speaker Presentations:

“Aligning IEP goals to the Common Core Standards.” October 27 and October 28, 2012. NYCDOE UFT Speech Chapter. New York, NY. (with Dr. Donna Valenti)

Developing vocabulary skills in multicultural adolescents.” July 25, 2012. ASHA Schools Conference.  Milwaukee, WI.

"Sustainability and capacity building in international SLP work: Ghana and Bolivia.” April 19, 2012. Council of Academic Programs in Communication Disorders Conference and Global Summit. Plenary session. Newport Beach, CA.

Intervention issues with the developmentally delayed bilingual students.” 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. NYCDOE District 75, New York, NY. Full day workshop for all 1st year speech language providers.

“Evaluating bilingual/bicultural young learners.” April 29, 2011. Early Childhood Direction Center Westchester Center for Human Development. Valhalla, N.Y.

Assessing communication: Bilingual young learners.” March 25, 2011 Early Childhood Direction Center.  Westchester Center for Human Development. Valhalla, N.Y.

 “Appropriate assessments for bilingual students in New Jersey.” March 7, 2011. Lakewood School District, Lakewood, N.J.

 "Appropriate assessment for bilingual learners: The law, the research, and preferred practice." February 25, 2011. Ventura County School District. Caramillo, CA.



“SLP evaluations in multicultural/multilingual communities.” October 11, 2010. Woodbridge, NJ      

Assessments based on evidence and the law: Putting the pieces together.” Bilingual Therapies annual symposium. July 15-17, 2010. Las Vegas, NV.

“Assessment protocols consistent with IDEA 2004. June 28, 2010. Spring Valley, NJ.

“Appropriate assessment when standardized scores are inappropriate.” May 21, 2010. Kean University.

“Providing quality services to young children from non-English speaking homes.” January 2010. Bank Street College of Education.

“The Role of the Speech Language Pathologist on the Cleft Palate Team.” January 2010. Komfo   Anokye Hospital and Korle Bu Hospital, Kumasi and Accra, Ghana. Presented to the cleft palate teams   and medical students and student nurses and dieticians.

“Appropriate evaluations for young bilingual children.” October 2008 and February 2009. Early     Childhood Direction Center Westchester Institute for Human Development.

Intervention issues with the developmentally delayed bilingual students.” April 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010. NYCDOE District 75, New York, NY. Lecture for all first year speech language providers.

“Addressing the shortage of bilingual SLPs.” May 2008. ASHA State Association Presidents Conference. Saratoga Springs, NY.

“Legal and research-based evaluations for young learners from bilingual and multicultural homes.” NYSED Rockland, Albany, and Westchester  BOCES April and May 2008.

“Evidence-based assessment and intervention issues with bilingual deaf individuals.” May 2007.   Westchester and Rockland BOCES, Nyack, NY.

Speech language pathology in the United States: Current issues.” National Academy of Sciences. La Paz, Bolivia. June 2007.

“Issues in treatment including language choice with bilingual deaf students.” March 2007. Fanwood School for the Deaf. White Plains, NY.

“Assessment Based in Evidence and Law (ABEL):  Making the Differential Diagnosis.” April 2006.   NYCDOE United Federation of Teachers Speech Teachers Chapter. New York, NY.

“IDEA 2004: Influences on SLP assessment practices.” October 2005. North Carolina Central         University. Durham, NC.

“IDEA 2004: Appropriate assessment of multicultural students.” January and May 2005. NYSED Nassau and Suffolk SETRC, in collaboration with Nassau Early Childhood Development Center, Nassau Bilingual Educational Technical Assistance Center, and the Long Island Regional School Support Center.

"Language Disorder, Difference or Home-School Gap: Assessment Considerations with the CLD Populations in Hawaii"  Hawaiian Speech and Hearing Association.   Honolulu, HA.

"Disorder or Difference?: Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children"  ASHA Schools Conference. Boston, MA.

"Disorder or Difference: Developing Assessment Guidelines for CLD children" Social Security Administration, Office of Disabilities, Speech-Language Policy Seminar, Chicago, IL.

The Impact of Family, Language and Culture on Diagnosis and Treatment"  Conference on Developmental Disabilities. Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

"Language Development and the Bilingual Child: Educational Implications"  New Britain School Districts.  New Britain, CT.                         

"Bilingual Language Development" Grand Rounds Lecture, Long Island College Hospital.  Brooklyn, N.Y.

Selected Peer-reviewed Presentations

     American Speech and Hearing Association and NYSSLHA:

Crowley, C., Gottfred, C., Ritter, P. (2012). So You Want to GIVE BACK! Philanthropy Within the Professions. ASHA 2012 Seminar. Atlanta, GA. (Invited).

Crowley, C., Clarke, C., Seid, E., Ruiz, D., Inniss, M., Yudice, S., Baigorri, M. (2012). International SLP: Seven years working at a Bolivian Deaf School. ASHA 2012 Poster. Atlanta, GA.    

rowley, C., Baigorri, M., Andres-Elias, P., Hsu, Sih-Chiao, Erickson, A., Villani, S. Bazile, V., Knotts, T. (2012). “International Clinical Experiences for Master's Students: 5 Years in Ghana”. ASHA 2012 Poster. Atlanta, GA.

Crowley, C. & Baigorri, M. (2012). Reimaging the SLP’s Role in International Cleft Palate Surgical Missions. ASHA 2012 Seminar. Atlanta, GA.

Higdon, C. W., Salas-Provance, M., Owre, D., Battle, D., Crowley, C., Rodriguez, C., Gonzalez, M. (2011).  International & global clinical opportunities: How to make it work for you!” ASHA 2011 Short Course. San Diego, CA. (Invited)

Bleile, K., Crowley, C., Bernthal, J. (2011). “So you want an international experience.”  ASHA 2011 Seminar. San Diego, CA. (Invited)

 Leone, D., Linden, B., Rubenstein, J., Wangsness, C., Crowley, C.,  & Baigorri, M. (2011).  “Sustainability in an International SLP Program: Maintaining Communication With Ghana.” Poster. ASHA 2011. San Diego, CA.

Crowley, C. & Hutton, B. (2011). Developing collaborations and connections between SLP universityprograms and NYSDOH Early Intervention.” NYSSLHA 2011. Saratoga Springs, NY.

Battle, D., Crowley, C., Higdon, C., Owre, D., Salas-Provance, M. (2010). “Division 17: Global issues in    communication sciences and disorders.” ASHA 2010. Philadelphia, PA. (Invited).



“International student experiences: Making it work” ASHA 2010 Philadelphia, PA.

“International clinical experiences for SLP students: Lessons from Ghana” ASHA 2010 Philadelphia, PA.

“Division 17: Global issues in communication science & related disorders” ASHA 2010 Philadelphia, PA.

“Developing sustainability through student clinical experiences: 5 years in Bolivia” ASHA 2010. Philadelphia, PA.

“International Master’s Student Experiences: Knowledge, Skills, and Ethical Perspective” ASHA 2009 New Orleans, LA.

"Language Disorder, Difference or Home-School Gap: Assessment Issues" ASHA Convention. Atlanta, GA.

 "Language Disorder vs. Difference: Assessing Bilingual and African-American Children"  ASHA Convention. New Orleans, LA.

"Community Language Influences on Language Samples of Puerto Rican Children"  ASHA Convention.  Washington, DC.

"Beyond Bilingualism: Assessing the Code-Switching Child" ASHA Convention. San Francisco, CA.

"Assessing the Language of Bilingual Teenagers" ASHA Convention.  San Antonio, TX.

"Language Disorder or Normal Processes of Second Language Acquisition?" ASHA Convention.  Boston, MA.

"Advocating for Multicultural Clients" ASHA Convention, Seattle, WA.

New York State Speech, Language and Hearing Association:

"The Impact of IDEA: A Federal Mandate Away from Traditional SLP" NYSSLHA Convention.  Rye, N.Y.

"Becoming a Bilingual Clinician in New York State" NYSSLHA Convention.

"Transdisciplinary Intervention: A Model for Role Enrichment, Expansion and Support"  NYSSLHA Convention Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

"Intervention in the Classroom: A Collaborative Model" NYSSLHA Convention.  Syracuse, N.Y.


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In Bolivia, Helping Children to See and Be Heard

Professor Cate Crowley's trips to Bolivia with her students help prepare them in navigating cultural differences to provide speech/language pathology services.

Bilingual Speech Pathology Team Appears on WABC's Tiempo

Jessica Salas, a Speech Language Pathology graduate student; Angela Livingston, a Speech Language Pathology graduate; and Catherine Crowley, a lecturer and coordinator of the program, talk to Tiempo's Joe Torres about the critical need for bilingual speech pathologists.

Crowley and Malandraki Receive Prestigious ASHA Awards

Congratulations to Catherine Crowley and Georgia Malandraki on receiving awards from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

The application for the 2012 Bilingual Extension Institute is now available!

The application for the 2012 Bilingual Extension Institute is now available! (The Institute is offered as a non-degree program.) The 2012 cost is $5500 and attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Visit the Bilingual Extension website for dates, funding sources, and other important information.

The Application for the 2013 Bilingual Extension Institute is now available

The Institute is focused on providing bilingual speech language clinicians with the specific knowledge they need to provide quality services to bilingual children and adolescents. The Institute fills quickly so send in your applications early.

TC Faculty, Administrators Receive Humanitarian Award for Work in Ghana

Cate Crowley and Miriam Baigorri accepted an award from the National Council of Ghanaian Associations for TC's Speech Language Pathology Program in Ghana.

Words from Ghana

Last year, a group of TC students helped Ghanaian children with speech disorders do things they couldn't do before, including shop in the local markets. Check out their story, as well a blog from a current TC delegation in Ghana.