K. Todd Houston, Ph.D

K. Todd Houston, Ph.D

Title: Professor
Phone: 330-972-6141
Email: houston@uakron.edu


K. Todd Houston, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Professor of Speech-Language Pathology


Doctor of Philosophy, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
University of South Carolina

Master of Speech-Language Pathology
University of South Carolina\

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Mass Communication
University of South Carolina


As a speech-language pathologist, certified auditory-verbal therapist, and researcher, I’m primarily interested in the listening and spoken language development of young children with hearing loss. To be successful, these children need early identification and diagnosis, the use of advanced hearing technology (i.e., digital hearing aids, cochlear implants, FM systems), early intervention, and the active involvement of their parents or caregivers – if they are going to develop their communication to the fullest. Within this clinical area, I’m also interested in how families receive services. That is, can some listening and spoken language services be delivered through a telepractice or “teleintervention” model? I wish to learn more about how videoconferencing hardware and software can be further utilized to meet the needs of children with hearing loss and their families. To focus on this research, the Telepractice and eLearning Lab (TeLL) was developed in February 2012 to evaluate a range of telepractice service delivery models, especially those to families of young children with hearing loss and adults who are living with deafness.

Additionally, I’m keenly interested in the role of fathers in the intervention for children with hearing loss. Too often, fathers may feel like the “expendable” parent or caregiver. For many reasons, he may be excluded from the day-to-day delivery of services and may not feel connected to his child’s intervention or habilitation. I am actively studying how professionals can better engage and include fathers in the services they are providing.

And finally, I am passionate about training others. I want future speech-language pathologists to have the necessary knowledge and skills to support listening and spoken language in children with hearing loss. To support this effort, a personnel preparation grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education in the fall of 2012 to establish the Graduate Consortium in Listening and Spoken Language. Through this consortium, graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Akron and at the University of Toledo are able to complete additional coursework and practica that support listening and spoken language in young children with hearing loss.

I also want professionals who are currently working in the field of deafness to have these same skills. Through inservice training, mentoring, workshops, and conferences, I enjoy sharing my experiences and helping others maximize their potential.


I continue to lecture locally, nationally and internationally presenting workshops, scientific papers, keynote addresses, and clinical methods/techniques on a variety of topics related to childhood hearing loss. Here are some recent presentations:

  • K. Todd Houston (2012). “Engaging Parents from the Grass Roots to the Tree Tops,” the keynote address at the I Hear That! Fall Conference of the South Carolina Chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
  • K. Todd Houston (2012). “Fathers: Parenting a Child with Hearing Loss,” a session presented at the 2012 Convention of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Tamala Bradham, K. Todd Houston, & Maura Berndsen (2012). “Data Collection and Analysis in Listening & Spoken Language (LSL) Programs,” a session presented at the 2012 Convention of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Scottsdale, AZ.

  • K. Todd Houston & Diane Behl (2011). “TeleIntervention: A Model Program of Service Delivery,” presented at the national Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Conference, Atlanta, GA.

  • K. Todd Houston, Debbie Pfeiffer, Aleisha Davis, Tracy Hopkins, & Amy Peters-Lalios (2011). “Using Telepractice to Mentor Professionals and Provide Services to Families,” a presentation to professionals across disciplines, 2011 AG Bell Listening & Spoken Language Symposium, Washington, DC.

  • K. Todd Houston (2011).“Educational and Habilitation Issues for Children with Hearing Loss,” a presentation to professionals in training across multiple disciplines, Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND), Center for Persons with Disabilities, Logan, UT

  • K. Todd Houston (2011). “Delivering Auditory-Verbal Therapy Services via Tele-Intervention,” presented to speech-language pathologists, audiologists, & teachers of the deaf at the Auditory-Verbal Center of Atlanta.

  • K. Todd Houston (2010).“Promotion Speech & Auditory Learning in the Mainstream Class,” a webinar/teleconference presented to speech-language pathologists, teachers of the deaf, special educators, and administrators at the conference, “The Education of the Deaf in Mainstream Education: An Auditory-Oral Perspective,” Manila, The Philippines.
  • K. Todd Houston (2010). “Supporting Parents & Caregivers in Auditory-Verbal Therapy through Family-Centered Intervention,” a web-seminar presented to graduate students & faculty at the University of South Carolina.


Likewise, my publications have focused on those issues that impact young children with hearing loss, especially those who are developing spoken language. The following are examples of some recent publications:

  • Houston, K. T., Stedler-Brown, A., & Alverson, D. C. (In Press). “More than 150 Years in the Making: The Evolution of Telepractice for Hearing, Speech and Language Services.” The Volta Review.
  • Houston, K. T. & Stedler-Brown, A. (In Press). “A Model of Early Intervention for Children with Hearing Loss Provided Through Telepractice.” The Volta Review.
  • Behl, D., Houston, K. T., & Stedler-Brown, A. (In Press). “The Value of a Learning Community to Support Teleintervention for Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss.” The Volta Review.
  • Edwards, M., Stedler-Brown, A., & Houston, K. T. (In Press). “A Summary of the Expanding Use of Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.” The Volta Review.
  • Houston, K. T. & DeMoss, W. L. (2012). “Fostering Connections Through Social Media: Strategies for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists,” eHearsay, 2 (2), 80-86.
  • Houston, K. T., Munoz, K., Bradham, T.S. (2011). “Professional Development: Are we meeting the needs of state EHDI programs?” The Volta Review, 111(2), 209-223.
  • Houston, K. T., Hoffman, J., Munoz, K., Bradham, T.S. (2011). “Is the Infrastructure of EHDI Programs Working?” The Volta Review, 111(2), 225-242.
  • Houston, K. T., Bradham, T. S., Munoz, K. F. & Guignard, G.H. (2011). “Newborn Hearing Screening:  An Analysis of Current Practices.” The Volta Review, 111(2), 109-120.

  • Bradham, T. S., Houston, K. T., Guignard, G. H., & Hoffman, J. (2011). “Strategic Analysis of Family Support in EHDI Systems.” The Volta Review, 111(2), 181-194.
  • Nelson, L., Houston, K. T., Guignard, G., Hoffman, J., Bradham, T.S. (2011). “Interdisciplinary Collaboration in EHDI Systems.” The Volta Review, 111(2), 267-279.
  • Hoffman, J., Houston, K. T., Munoz, K. F., Bradham, T. (2011). “Periodic Early Childhood Screening: The EHDI Perspective.” The Volta Review, 111(2), 195-208.
  • Bradham, T. S. & Houston, K. T. (2011). “Future Directions for EHDI Programs: Recommendations from a Strategic Analysis.” The Volta Review, 111(2), 281-288.
  • Houston, K. T. & Bradham, T. S. (2011). “Parent Engagement: Increasing Positive Outcomes with Children who are Deaf & Hard of Hearing,” The ASHA Leader, 16(9), 5-6.
  • Houston, K. T. (2011). “Case Study: Undiagnosed Conductive Hearing Loss,” in Flexer, C. & Madell, J. (Eds.), Pediatric Audiology Casebook, Plural Publishing: San Diego, CA.
  • Behl, D. & Houston, K. T, Guthrie, W. S., & Guthrie, N. (2010, December). “Tele-Intervention: The Wave of the Future Fits Families’ Lives Today.” Exceptional Parent, 40, 23-28.
  • Houston, K. T. & Caraway, T. (2010). “For Children with Hearing Loss:  The Times, They are a-Changin,” Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, ASHA Division 9, 20(2), 48-55.
  • Houston, K. T., Allen, S.G., & Beard, A. (2010). “Auditory Brainstem Implant: One Child’s Success Story.” The Hearing Review, 17, 9, 30-33.
  • Houston, K. T. & Perigoe, C. (2010). “Future Directions in Professional Preparation and Development.” The Volta Review, 110(2), 339-340.
  • Houston, K. T. (2010). “Utah State University: Cross-Discipline Training through the GraduateStudies Program in Auditory Learning & Spoken Language.” The Volta Review, 110 (2), 323-330.
  • Houston, K. T. & Perigoe, C. (2010). “The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists: A Vital Listening & Spoken Language Professional.” The Volta Review, 110(2), 219-230.
  • Wilson, K., Nevins, M.E., & Houston, K. T. (2010). “Professional Development for In-Service Practitioners Serving Children who are Deaf & Hard of Hearing.” The Volta Review, 110(2), 231-247.
  • Houston, K. T., Behl, D., White, K.R., Forsman, I. (2010). “Federal Privacy Regulations and the Provision of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs.” Pediatrics. 126, S28-S33.
  • Dornan, D., Hickson, L., Murdoch, B., Houston, K. T., & Constantinescu, G. (2010). “Is Auditory-Verbal Therapy Effective for Children with Hearing Loss,” The Volta Review, 110(3), 361-387.
  • Houston, K. T. (2010). “Ensuring Access to Communication for Young Children with Hearing Loss:  Auditory Learning and Spoken Language,” www.SpeechPathology.com.
  • Houston, K. T. (2009). “Trends in Early Identification and Early Intervention with Infants Identified with Hearing Loss,” www.SpeechPathology.com.
  • Dornan, D., Hickson, L., Murdoch, B., & Houston, K. T. (2009). “Speech and Language Outcomes for Children with Hearing Loss in Auditory-Verbal Therapy Programs: A Review of the Evidence,” Communicative Disorders Review, 2(3-4), 155-170.
  • Dornan, D., Hickson, L., Murdoch, B., & Houston, K. T. (2009). “Longitudinal Study of Speech Perception, Speech and Language for Children with Hearing Loss in an Auditory-Verbal Therapy Program,” The Volta Review, 109(2), 61-85.
  • Dornan, D., Hickson, L., Murdoch, B., & Houston, K. T. (2007). “Outcomes of an Auditory-Verbal Program for Children with Hearing Loss: A Comparative Study with a Matched Group of Children with Normal Hearing,” The Volta Review, 107(1), 37-55.
  • Houston, K. T. & Montgomery, A. A. (1997). “Auditory-Visual Integration in Adults with Hearing Loss.”  Seminars In Hearing, 18(2), 141-151.


Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Akron, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University (2007-2011). I am also the former Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) (2002-2007) of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) in Washington, DC. With members in 30 chapters throughout the United States and 50 affiliates in 28 countries, AG Bell is recognized as the world’s leading organization promoting auditory learning and spoken language for individuals with hearing loss.

As a speech-language pathologist, I have served children with hearing loss in residential, public school, and clinical settings.  I’ve also held positions as a cochlear implant program director, researcher, consultant, non-profit administrator, and faculty member and continue to hold adjunct appointments at universities in the United States and Australia.