Debra Rheinhartsen, PhD

DebbieReinhartsen.jpgClinical Scientist
Dissemination Director and Speech-Language Pathology Section Head,
The Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Phone: 919) 966-4138
Email: Debbie.Reinhartsen@cdl.unc.edu

Education

BA, Sophia University, Tokyo Japan, 1978
MEd,University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1981
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2003

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND EMPLOYMENT

2003 - present Director of Dissemination, The Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, N.C.

2003 - present Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Department of Allied Health, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill , NC

2001 - 2003 Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Department of Human Services, Western Carolina University , Cullowhee , NC

1998 - present Speech-Language Pathology Section Head, The Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill , NC

1993 - 2003 Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Department of Allied Health, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC

1991 - 1998 Speech-Language Pathologist, The Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning, University of North Carolina School of Medicine , Chapel Hill , NC

1989 - 1991 Visiting Clinical Scientist, Speech-Language Pathology, The Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning, University of North Carolina School of Medicine , Chapel Hill , NC

1984 - 1989 Speech-Language Pathologist, Alamance Developmenta1982 - 1984 Speech-Language Pathologist, Albemarle Regional Center for Communication Disorders, Plymouth , NC

1981 - 1982 Speech-Language Pathologist (Clinical Fellowship Year), Randolph County Mental Health, Asheboro , NC

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS, LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION:

1982 Licensure: North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists

1982 Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech and Language Pathology: American Speech Language Hearing Association

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, COUNCILS, BOARDS, ETC.

American Speech, Hearing, and Language Association, Division 12 
North Carolina Augmentative and Alternative Communication Association 
Partnerships in Assistive Technology Board of Directors

MAJOR RESEARCH/PROFESSIONAL INTEREST:

Interdisciplinary training of individuals who work or plan to work with children with disabilities and their families, augmentative and alternative communication, children with rare neurodevelopmental disorders, autism spectrum disorders, visual impairment, children with severe physical impairment.

PUBLICATIONS

Reinhartsen, D.B., Garfinkle, A.N., & Wolery, M. (2002). Engagement with toys in two-year-old children with autism: Teacher selection versus child choice. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 27 , 175-187.

Baranek, G.T., Reinhartsen, D.B., & Wannamaker, S.W. (2001). Play: Engaging children with autism. In T. Huebner (Ed). Autism: A sensorimotor approach to management . Philadelphia : F.A. Davis.

Reinhartsen, D.B. (2000). Preverbal communicative competence: An essential step in the lives of infants with severe physical impairment. Infants and Young Children, 13 , 49-59.

Edmondson, R, & Reinhartsen, D. (1998). The young child with cleft lip and palate: Intervention needs in the first three years. Infants and Young Children, 11 , 12-20.

Reinhartsen, D., Edmondson, R. & Crais, E. (1997). Developing assistive technology strategies for infants and toddlers with communication difficulties. Seminars in Speech and Language, 18 , 283-301.

Reinhartsen, D. (Ed.). (1995). Assistive technology: A training manual for interdisciplinary teams . N.C. Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Reinhartsen, D. (Ed.) (1995). Technology for infants and toddlers made easy . Bureau of Maternal and Child Health.

Reinhartsen, D. (1994). A guide for families using assistive technology with their infants and toddlers. In P. Pierce (Ed.), Baby Power . Bureau of Maternal and Child Health.

Roberts, J. E., Crais, B., Layton , T., Watson, L., & Reinhartsen, D. (1995). Developing an early intervention preservice specialization in speech-language pathology. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology , 4 (2), 31-36.

Sauer, M., & Reinhartsen, D. (1994). Project IMPACT: Innovative methods for providing access to technology. Proceedings of ISAAC (pp. 346). Maastricht , The Netherlands.