Dr. Dana Kovarsky is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Communicative Disorders where he teaches courses in language and culture, language development, research methods, and the structural analysis of language. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Austin.
As an ethnographer of communication disorders, his research has focused primarily on the analysis of clinical discourse. Over the years, his work has been funded by the United States Department of Education and other sources.
His first co-edited book, Constructing (In)competence: Disabling Evaluations in Clinical and Social Interaction, appeared in 1999, and his second, Diagnosis as Cultural Practice, was published in 2005. He has published numerous articles, served as a guest editor for topical issues of selected journals, and presented his work in national and international venues.
He is currently Co-Director of the Gateway Café, a community-based project that provides social support to adults with traumatic brain injury.
Simmons-Mackie, N., & Kovarsky, D. (2009). Engagement in clinical practice. Seminars in Speech and Language, 30, (1), 1-56.
Kovarsky, D. (2007). Explorations in clinical discourse. Topics in Language Disorders, 27, (1), 1-88.
Kovarsky, D. (2007). The construction of identity in discourses of illness. Communication and Medicine, 4, (1), 51-115.
Kovarsky, D. (2001). Alternative measures for evaluating treatment outcomes. Topics in Language Disorders, 22, (1), 1-95.
Kovarsky, D., Curran, M., & Zobel Nichols, N. (2009). Laughter and communicative engagement in interaction. Seminars in Speech and Language, 30, (1), 27-36.
Kovarsky, D. (2008). Representing voices from the life-world in evidence-based practice. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 43, 47-57.
Kovarsky, D., Shaw, A., & Adingono-Smith, M. (2007). The construction of identity during group therapy among adults with traumatic brain injury. Communication and Medicine, 4,(1), 53-66.
Kovarsky, D., Kurtzer-White, E., & Maxwell, M. (2004). Stories of origin in the identification of hearing loss among neonates. Seminars in Hearing, 25, (4), 319-332.
Kovarsky, D., Culatta, B., Franklin, A., & Theadore, G. (2001). "Communicative participation" as a way of facilitating and ascertaining communicative outcomes. Topics in Language Disorders, 21, (4), 1-20.Courses Taught
Congratulations to our May 2013 B.S. and M.S. graduates! Your hard work has paid off!
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. We thank our outgoing board members: Shannon Witter, Meredith Fitzgibbon, Heidee Pottker and Jess Lally for all of their hard work. Shannon and Meredith are graduating in May, Heidee will be a second-year graduate student, and Jess is heading off to graduate school! Look for information about our first fall 2014 meeting here on the CMD web site.
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