Allan Smith

Phone: (603) 862-3944
Office: Communication Sciences & Disorders, Hewitt Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Allan B. Smith, Clinical Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

My research, clinical, and teaching focus is on speech development in children. In particular, I’ve studied the timing of speech events such as syllables, words, sentences, and pauses in order to better understand typical and atypical speech development. Projects have included studies of children with delayed speech and language, as well as children with dyslexia. I’ve supervised student research projects over a variety of topics including voice disorders, normal language development, and gender-related issues in the diagnosis of language disorders.


  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut
  • M.S., Mass Gen Hosp Sch of Nur
  • B.S., Florida State University

Courses Taught

  • COMM 420: Survey Communication Disorders
  • COMM 521: Anat&Phys Speech&Hear Mechansm
  • COMM 524: Clinical Phonetics
  • COMM 636: Speech and Hearing Science
  • COMM 723: Observation Skills in SLP
  • COMM 880: Diagnosis Spch/Lang Disorders
  • COMM 900: Artic&Phonological Dis inChild
  • COMM 908: Disorders Lang & Literacy I
  • COMM 917: Research Mthds Comm Sci Dis
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Comm Sci & Disorders
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Comm Sci & Dis

Selected Publications

DeMaris, A., & Smith, A. B. (2017). Relationships among measures of longest utterances, MLU, age, and number of utterances in child language samples. Speech, Language and Hearing, 20(2), 84-90. doi:10.1080/2050571x.2016.1219505

Smith, A. B., & Jackins, M. (2014). Relationship between longest utterances and later MLU in late talkers. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 28(3), 143-152. doi:10.3109/02699206.2013.839746

Smith, A. B., Hall, N. E., Tan, X., & Farrell, K. (2011). Speech timing and pausing in children with specific language impairment. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 25(2), 145-154. doi:10.3109/02699206.2010.514969

Smith, A. B., Smith, S. L., Locke, J. L., & Bennett, J. (2008). A Longitudinal Study of Speech Timing in Young Children Later Found to Have Reading Disability. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 51(5), 1300-1314. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2008/06-0193)

Smith, A. B., Locke, J. L., & Farkas, L. (2008). Precursors of Dyslexia in Early Conversational Turn Exchange. Topics in Language Disorders, 28(1), 5-14. doi:10.1097/01.adt.0000311412.68180.da

Smith, A. B., Roberts, J., Lambrecht Smith, S., Locke, J. L., & Bennett, J. (2006). Reduced Speaking Rate as an Early Predictor of Reading Disability. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15(3), 289-297. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2006/027)

Smith, A. B., & Robb, M. P. (2006). The Influence of Utterance Position on Children’s Production of Lexical Stress. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 58(3), 199-206. doi:10.1159/000091733

Smith, A. B., & Robb, M. P. (2005). Durational characteristics of the first productions of novel trochees and iambs in children with and without speech delay. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 19(1), 1-14. doi:10.1080/0269920042000193580

Robb, M. P., & Smith, A. B. (2002). Fundamental Frequency Onset and Offset Behavior. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 45(3), 446-456. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2002/035)

Wolk, L., Blomgren, M., & Smith, A. B. (2000). The frequency of simultaneous disfluency and phonological errors in children. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 25(4), 269-281. doi:10.1016/s0094-730x(00)00076-0

Most Cited Publications