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Dr. Damico is a clinical linguist and a speech-language pathologist with a master’s degree in communicative disorders and a PhD in linguistics. With over 12 years of clinical experience as a speech-language pathologist in the public schools, medical settings and in private practice, his research focuses on the authentic implications for individuals with atypical language and communication skills and on the development of clinical applications to assist in overcoming communicative problems. Working primarily in the areas of aphasia in adults and language and literacy difficulties in children from both monolingual and bilingual backgrounds, he specializes in the utilization of various qualitative research methodologies to investigate language and communication as social action. A particular interest revolves around conversation and the various compensatory behaviors that individuals use to overcome their difficulties. His work is based upon a constructivist orientation to learning and language functioning.
Professor Damico teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on neurological impairments in adults, processes in language-literacy and language development, and language-literacy impairments in children. An ASHA Fellow, he is the editor of the Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders, the foremost qualitative research journal in communicative disorders and has recently joined the University of Colorado Boulder faculty after 28 years as the Doris B. Hawthorne Eminent Scholar Chair at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.