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Dr. Deanna Hughes

Assistant Professor
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Communication Sciences and Disorders
Office Location: Rinker Health Science Campus 296A – 9401
Phone: (714) 516-4576
Indiana University, Bachelor of Arts
University of Nebraska at Omaha, Master of Science
Case Western Reserve University, Ph.D.


Deanna M. Hughes, PhD, CCC-SLP received her doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. She has been a practicing speech-language pathologist (SLP) for more than twenty years working in a variety of clinical settings. Currently, she serves as an Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorder at Chapman University with collaborations with San Diego State University and Crimson Center for Speech & Language, a community-based clinic. Her research interests include augmentative alternative communication (AAC), developmental disabilities (e.g. dyslexia, specific language impairment, autism), supervision, and culturally and linguistically diverse populations. She teaches courses in adult language disorders, autism, and augmentative alternative communication (AAC) at Chapman. She is particularly passionate about providing access to current technology for older individuals with developmental disabilities, and supporting adolescents and young adults with dyslexia.