Jillian H. McCarthy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Research Interests

Dr. McCarthy studies the behavioral links between oral and written language development, with a focus on co-morbid speech and language disorders. She is particularly interested in the area of written language for those individuals who rely on the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) or who are hearing impaired.


  • B. A. Mount Holyoke College (2001)
  • M. S. University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2004)
  • Ph.D. University of Nebraska –Lincoln (2011)

Representative Publications

  • Bowers, L., McCarthy, J., Schwarz, I., Wolbers, K. & Dostal, H. (in submission). Examination of the spelling skills of middle school students who are deaf. Volta Review.
  • McCarthy, J.H., Hogan, T.P., Beukelman, D.R., & Schwarz, I.E. (submitted). Influence of computerized sounding out on spelling performance for children who do and do not use augmentative and alternative communication.
  • McCarthy, J.H., Hogan, T.P., & Catts, H.W. (2012). Is weak oral language associated with poor spelling in school-age children with specific language impairment, dyslexia, or both? Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 26, 791-805. doi:10.3109/02699206.2012.702185
  • McCarthy Maeder, J.H., Fager, S., Collins, K., & Beukelman, D.R. (2012). Representation of visual content in medical settings. Augmentative Alternative Communication, 28, 190-196. doi:10.3109/07434618.2012.704526
  • McCarthy, J.H., Beukelman, D.R., & Hogan, T.P. (2011). Impact of computerized “Sounding out” on spelling performance of a child who uses AAC: A preliminary report. Perspectives in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 20, 119-124.

Courses Taught

  • ASP 561 - Child Language Disorders
  • ASP 435/517 – Introduction to Speech Sound Disorders
  • ASP 582 – Speech-Language Pathology in the Schools
  • ASP 590 (2) - Pro-seminar in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

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Contact Information

Jillian H. McCarthy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor

Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology
University of Tennessee
527 S. Stadium Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-0740

Phone: (865) 974-3761
Email: jmccar21@uthsc.edu