Jennifer Seale

Jennifer M. Seale is an Assistant Professor who teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in our department. Her academic, research and clinical interests are focused on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) science and practice. Dr. Seale has expertise providing AAC services to a diverse population, including individuals with ALS, Cerebral Palsy, Locked-In Syndrome, Aphasia, TBI, RHD, Fragile X, Down Syndrome, and Autism. Her research aims to inform AAC service delivery and product design using human computer interaction, interaction analysis and mixed-methodology techniques. In addition to these interests, Dr. Seale is devoted to advocacy and public education around important social and systemic issues unique to the AAC community.


  • PhD (2016) State University of New York at Buffalo
  • MS (2007) Duquesne University
  • BS (2006) Duquesne University


  • CSD 130: Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • CSD 484: Introduction to Speech Science
  • CSD 689: Motor Speech Disorders
  • CSD 586: Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Association Memberships

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Lapham, K., & Seale, J.M. (2018). The Effect of Voice Gender and Spoken Messages in Augmented Interactions.  Journal of Communication Disorders and Assistive Technology, 2, 1-13.
  • Higginbotham, D.J., Fulcher, K., & Seale, J.M. (2016). Time and Timing in ALS in Interactions Involving Individuals with ALS, Their Unimpaired Partners and their Speech Generating Devices. In M. Smith (ed.), Language Learning and Language Use in Aided Communication. J&R Press, London.
  • Higginbotham, J., Fulcher, K., & Seale, J.M. (2016, August). Trying to Stay In-Time: Review and Study of SGD Use During In-Person Interaction. International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Toronto, ON.
  • Fulcher, K., Seale, J.M., & Higginbotham, D.J. (2012, August). Utilizing the internet to prime word prediction dictionaries for topic specific message construction. International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Subrahmanyan, N., Fulcher, K.R., Hutchinson, T.E., Min, H., Seale, J.M., Bisantz, A.M., & Higginbotham, D.J. (2013). Application of Personas in the Design of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 57(1), 1022-1026.
  • Seale, J.M., Garrett, K.L., & Figley, L. (2007, September). Quantitative differences in aphasia interactions with visual scene AAC displays. 2007 Clinical AAC Research Conference, Lexington, KY.