Kristin A. King, PhD, CCC-SLP

See Also: Neurocognitive Linguistics Laboratory

Field Specialty

Adult and Pediatric Neuropathological Disorders

Research Interests

I investigate communication and swallowing disorders which arise secondary to traumatic brain injury, stroke, neurologic disease, and dementias in both children and adults. My primary research interest involves the investigation of hemispheric processing and neurocognitive skills for linguistic processes in individuals following traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Although persons with TBI exhibit a wide range of severity levels, my emphasis is with mild TBI. Mild TBI encompasses very subtle, and often non-specific, deficits which can have far reaching, negative impacts on development, academics, work, and social interactions.  Often persons with mild TBI appear to have recovered fully; however, upon return to school or work, they are unable to function at their premorbid capacity.

Although my primary research interest is with mild TBI, many aspects of neurocognitive-linguistic processing are not understood even within the non-brain-damaged populations. For this reason, my research investigates various cognitive- linguistic processes in populations both with and without brain damage. Through my research, I am investigating the impact of brain damage on various levels of semantic processing and hemispheric processing of linguistic-based information. Another important aspect is the speed of processing for linguistic information, which is measured through reaction time based tasks. Measuring the influence of non-linguistic and/or non-verbal aspects of communication and their impact on overall communicative abilities further assists in explaining the deficits experienced by persons with TBI (and other neuropathological disorders).  By understanding these aspects of neurocognitive-linguistic deficits, better evaluative and therapeutic methods may be developed.


  • BA, English Education  UNC-Chapel Hill,  Chapel Hill, NC
  • MS, Speech Pathology East Carolina University,  Greenville, NC
  • PhD, Communication Sciences and Disorders   East Carolina University,  Greenville, NC

Representative Publications

  • Wilson, M., Harkrider, A. and King, K. (2014). The Effects of Visual Distracter Complexity on Auditory Evoked P3b in Contact Sports Athletes. Developmental Neuropsychology.39:2, 113-130.
  • King, K. and Rastatter, M. (2013, November). Effect of task on acoustic correlates of stress: Implications for research methodology. Advances in Applied Acoustics. 2:4, 111-117.
  • King, K. (2013, May). Effects of traumatic brain injury and aging on semantic processing. IEEE: Biomedical Sciences and Engineering: Innovations in Technology. Pages 1- 4.
  • Wilson, M, Harkrider, A, and King, K (2012). The effects of complexity of visual distracters on attention and information processing speed reflected in auditory P300. Ear and Hearing. 4, 480 – 488.
  • Denslow, P, Doster, J, King, K, and Rayman, J. (2012). Project BRAIN: Working Together to Improve Educational Outcomes for Students with TBI. Perspectives SIG 2. ASHA.
  • Page, C.G., King, K. A. and Dressler, R. (2011). Decreasing dehydration for residents in a nursing home. Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists. 21(6): 10 – 11.
  • King, K and Fogg, K. (2010, May). Behavioral Testing for TBI: Current and Future Perspectives. IEEE Conferences: Biomedical Science and Engineering Conference Proceedings. Print ISBN: 978-1-4244-6713-6. Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/BSEC.2010.5510797. Pages 1 – 4.
  • Deal R, Hough M, King K, Walker M, Rastatter M, and Hudson S. (2010). Influence of duration of post-traumatic amnesia on pragmatic skills in chronic traumatic brain injury. Journal of Medical Speech Pathology. 18(1): 35 – 47.
  • Johnson, R. K., Hough, M. S., King, K. A., Vos, P., & Jeffs, T. (2008). Functional communication in individuals with chronic severe aphasia using augmentative communication. Augmentative & Alternative Communication, 24(4), 1-12.
  • King K, Hough M, Walker M, Rastatter M, and Holbert D. (2006). Mild traumatic brain injury: effects on word retrieval in naming and discourse. Brain Injury. 20(7): 725-732.
  • King K, Hough M, Vos P, Walker M, and Givens G. (2006). Word retrieval following mild TBI: implications for categorical deficits. Aphasiology. 20(2-4): 233-245.
  • King K, Wagner C, Odom C, and Moore D. (1997). Therapeutic intervention for a pediatric SCI patient: a case study. Perspectives. 12 (3): 9 - 15.

Courses Taught

  • ASP 506: Neural Bases for Speech
  • ASP 518: Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders I : Aphasia
  • ASP 519: Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders II: Cognitive Communication Disorders
  • ASP 539: Motor Speech Disorders
  • ASP 548: Structural Speech Disorders
  • ASP 580: Medical Speech Pathology
  • ASP 590-8/ORTHO 783: Myofunctional Speech Disorders
  • ASP 552: Advanced Seminar in Pediatric Brain Injury and Feeding/Swallowing
  • ASP 521: Advanced Seminar in Cognition and Language
  • ASP 552: Current Trends in Speech Pathology
  • ASP 590-6: Advanced Seminar on NICU
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Contact Information

Kristin A. King
Assistant Professor

Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology
University of Tennessee
428 South Stadium Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-0740

Phone: (865) 974-5277