Academic Life


Dr. Hamilton recently received a grant from Auburn University’s Community and Civic Engagement initiative.


The Lee County Literacy Coalition (LCLC) and Dr. Hamilton, along with her undergraduate research team of SLPs-to-be, members of the Literacy, Language, and Culture (LiLaC) Lab, will collaborate to provide training to the tutors of LCLC one-on-one tutoring program. The purpose of the project will be: 1) to develop more accurate and culturally responsive assessment of learners’ reading skills and 2) to provide more targeted and culturally responsive instruction for the learners of Lee County so that they may become more active members of their community.

Additionally, this project will serve as a pilot study for Dr. Hamilton’s line of research involving the influence of nonmainstream dialect in Mainstream American English (MAE; e.g., dialect of the classroom and mainstream media) literacy acquisition.



Check out Dr. Hamilton’s most recent paper, with co-authors Eusabia Mont and Cameron McLain.  If you think that African American English-speakers use improper grammar or  leave off ‘ed’ when using the past tense, think again!

Deletion, Omission, Reduction: Redefining the Language We Use to Talk About African American English

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Dr. Hamilton published a paper about culturally responsive approaches when working with African American autistic children. Check out this paper written with lead author Jamie Pearson and co-author Hedda Meadan.

“We Saw Our Son Blossom” A Guide for Fostering Culturally Responsive Partnerships to Support African American Autistic Children and Their Families



Check out Dr. Hamilton’s most recent paper, with co-authors Henry Angulo-Jiménez, Christine Taylo and D.r Laura DeThorne, about Philippine English speaking kindergartners!

Clinical implications for working with nonmainstream dialect speakers: A focus on two Filipino kindergartners


Photo credit from: Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, Newly Published. doi:10.1044/2018_LSHSS-17-0060



Drs. Hamilton and Simkins are working on a language and identity project together at Auburn University. Their goal is to bridge the gap between understanding the role that identity plays in language while simultaneously teaching students through an aural avenue of pedagogy.

Check back often to see how their project gradually morphs into a podcast to be shared with the Auburn community and more!



Check out the MedBridge talk entitled: I Don’t See Color: How Your Own Cultural Identity Shapes Your Clinical Practice . Watch it to learn about cultural identity, and for you SLPs out there, earn some CEUs!



Dr. Hamilton presents a poster at the 2018 Conversations in the Celebration of Teaching (CCT) conference held at the Auburn Hotel. She presented on Culture, Language, and Learning: Considerations for the Classroom Curriculum. While many professors find it difficult to infuse culture throughout the course curriculum, Dr. Hamilton has found ways to talk about race and culture and identity throughout the semester long curriculum. (Jan 2018)



Dr. Hamilton started her career in communication sciences and disorders at Hampton University, an HBCU. She was invited to return to her alma mater to present a talk to future speech-language pathologists. Dr. Hamilton was the inaugural speaker for Hampton University’s $1.2 million grant to train speech-language pathologists to work in urban and rural schools. Her research-based talk focused on the educational experiences regarding language and literacy of African American children, with a particular focus on those who speak African American English.          (June 2016)



“So we would all help pitch in:” The family literacy practices of low-income African American mothers of preschoolers