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Elizabeth Connors

Elizabeth "Billie" Connors is an ASHA certified and Rhode Island State licensed Speech/Language Pathologist. She is the Director of the Speech and Hearing Center in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Rhode Island, teaches courses in clinical methods and phonology, and supervises graduate student clinicians in diagnostic and therapy experiences. Her clinical interests center on children with language and literacy issues, those with phonological disorders and childhood apraxia of speech, as well as ESL adults. Ms. Connors has been the Clinic Director at URI since 1986, having come from a similar position at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan.


Ms. Connors held a position on the Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology in Rhode Island for 10 years, is a member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, a member of the International Dyslexia Association, a member of the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment and has attained certification in the Compton Phonological Assessment of Foreign Accent, Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, and the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program for Reading, Spelling and Speech.


Ms. Connors has presented workshops to Literacy Volunteers of America on phonetics, with emphasis on working with the ESL client.


Ms. Connors received the University of Rhode Island Administrative Excellence Award in 2006 for her outstanding work as director of the Speech and Hearing Center.




Kovarsky, D., & Scheimer, C., Murray, A., & Connors, E. (November 2009). Communicative confidence in an adult with traumatic brain injury. Paper presented at the International Society for the Analysis of Clinical Discourse, informally affiliated with ASHA. New Orleans, LA.


Karow, C. & Connors, E. (May 2003). Affective Communication in Normal and Brain-Damaged Adults: An Overview. Seminars in Speech and Language, 24:2, 69-91.


Courses Taught


  • CMD 273 Phonetics
  • CMD 274 Communication Processes
  • CMD 465 Clinical Methods in Communicative Disorders
  • CMD 492 Special Problems
  • CMD 561 Phonological Disorders
  • CMD 570 Clinical Practicum in Communicative Disorders
  • CMD 598 Special Problems



2014 NSSLHA meeting announced


Guest speaker, Dr. Geralyn Timler, scheduled for April 3rd.


Departmental re-accreditation public meeting (CAA) to be held Monday, March 3rd at 4:30 p.m. in the large conference room in Independence Square II. Contact Sue at 874-5969 with questions.


Leslie Mahler featured as one of URI's Big Thinkers



Here are our URISSLHA officers (Left to Right below): Mary Loveley, secretary; Kristen Troy, historian; Jaclyn Schiemer, president; Lexi Caruso, treasurer; and Kristy Wallace, vice-president. 

Message from URISSLHA President


For more information about URISSLHA, check for notifications of meetings on this web site or by contacting Dr. Bethany Milner, current URISSLHA faculty advisor at: