Marisha Speights Atkins, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a translational researcher focused on applying the acoustic analysis of speech in the assessment of child speech sound disorders. Dr. Speight Atkins interest in research comes from her clinical experiences assessing and treating children with speech disorders. Her current research focuses on the development and translation of innovative acoustic-based tools for assessing speech production, speech intelligibility and expressive language disorders in preschool age children.

Major Research Areas:

  • Pediatric speech development and disorders
  • Pediatric speech acoustics
  • The use of acoustic vocal biomarker detection for assessment and monitoring of articulatory change in young children
  • Quantitative measures of speech intelligibility

She specializes in the assessment and treatment of speech disorders in young children. Her research interests include child speech production and disorders, acoustic-based technologies for assessment and treatment of speech disorders, speech intelligibility, and remote assessment of speech disorders through telepractice.


Past Affiliations
Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology
PhD, University of Cincinnati , 2016
MS, Tennessee State University, 2005
BS, College of Charleston , 1993