Jack S. Damico, Ph.D.
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Jack S. Damico is the Doris B. Hawthorne Eminent Scholar in Special Education and Communicative Disorders at the University of Louisiana - Lafayette where he teaches graduate level courses, conducts research, and writes in a number of areas related to language, social interaction, and learning in both children and adults.

Dr. Damico received his Bachelor's Degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, his Master's Degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and his Doctoral Degree in Linguistics 
from the University of New Mexico

Shown here reading to a group at the Summer Literacy Project at UL-Lafayette

Dr. Damico has taught full-time on the faculties of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and the University of Louisiana Lafayette (formerly the University of Southwestern Louisiana).   Additionally, he has taught as an adjunct faculty member in both the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of New Mexico and the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Northern Arizona University.  He has worked as a clinical speech-language pathologist in various settings including the public schools (Albuquerque Public Schools), private practice (the New Mexico Speech and Learning Clinic), hospitals (the Veteran Administration Medical Center in Albuquerque on a W.O.C. basis), and as a private consultant.

Dr. Damico, an ASHA Fellow, is the author or editor of more than 90 publications including Spotting Language Problems (1985) with John Oller, Limiting Bias in the Assessment of Bilingual Students (1991) and Multicultural Language Intervention (1992) with Else Hamayan, Whole Language for Special Needs Children (1992), Professional Discourse in Clinical and Educational Contexts (1993) with Dana Kovarsky and Madeline Maxwell, Classroom Communication Assessment (1994) with Wayne Secord, Elizabeth Wiig, and Gina Goodwin, and Childhood Language Disorders (1996) with Michael Smith.  He has served as Editor for the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Journal and has served as an associate editor/reviewer/editorial consultant for 14 peer-reviewed professional journals.  One of his articles, "The establishment of a dominant interpretive framework in language intervention" (1997) coauthored with Sandra Damico received the 1997 Editor's Award from Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools.  In 1999 Damico received the Ruth Beckey Irwin Best Clinical Practices Award from The Ohio State University "in recognition of scholarly contributions to promote science to best clinical practices in Speech-Language Pathology" and he was one of a handful of faculty awarded under the Governor's Departmental Excellence Through Faculty Excellence grants under the auspices of the Louisiana Board of Regents for Higher Education.

Dr. Damico's research interests revolve around language as a synergistic phenomenon so the subject populations extend across a number of age-groups and disability types.  Specific research and clinical interests include descriptive language assessment, authentic language intervention, qualitative research applications in Linguistics and Speech-Language Pathology, conversation analysis, conversation in aphasia, second language acquisition, diversity and its impact on language and learning, language disabilities in children, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.

Dr. Damico has consulted on diversity issues, whole language and literacy, and/or authentic assessment for numerous school districts and state departments of education -- including nine of the 10 largest school districts in the United States.  He has served as a qualitative research consultant and a pedagogical consultant  for a number of projects and institutions including the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, D.C., the Center for Applied Linguistics, United States Department of Education Office of Bilingual Education and Language Minority Affairs, United States Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Navajo Nation, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, the Association of International Schools in Africa, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University.  He also consults as a forensic rehabilitation expert in the courts.

Dr. Damico is a frequent conference and workshop presenter having presented more than 30 papers at national and international professional meetings and research forums.  He has been an invited or featured speaker at both national and international conferences including meetings Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne), Canada (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Victoria), England (London, Exeter), Egypt (Cairo), Ghana (Accra), Mexico (Mexico City), New Zealand (Wellington), and Zimbabwe (Harare).

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