Barbara Davis is professor of communication sciences and disorders in the College of Communication. She joined the faculty in 1992. Her major areas of research involvement include early speech development in typically developing children in English and across languages as well as comparative studies of infant and adult language patterns. She hopes to understand interactions between production and perceptual influences in acquisition of the complex action system represented in speech patterns in languages.
Dr. Davis is co-principal investigator of a four-year National Institutes of Health grant to study early speech development in typically developing infants as well as in infants who have received early cochlear implant to remediate the effects of profound hearing impairment. Her other research interests include investigation of phonetics of infant-directed speech style related to understanding early development of speech, as well as studies of late-talking toddlers and developmental apraxia of speech.
Dr. Davis’ teaching interests include phonological development and disorders, acoustic and perceptual phonetics, and infant/toddler intervention. Dr. Davis was 1994-95 winner of the Texas Excellence Teaching award, one of the most prestigious offered by the university. She will be on a sabbatical leave for the 2005-2006 academic year. She will work on completion of three books as well as on preparing new grant applications.