Melody Harrison, PhD

harrison.jpgProfessor and Coordinator of Master's Studies
Phone: (919)-966 9459
Fax: (919)-966-0100


  • PhD, The University of North Carolina 1989
  • MEd, Boston University 1973
  • BA, Emory University 1970

Courses Taught

  • SPHS 570 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (fall)
  • SPHS 741 Neuroanatomy (fall)
  • SPHS 803 Aural Rehabilitation for Children

Research/Clinical Interest

  • Early Intervention with Children with Hearing Loss
  • Working with Families of Children with Hearing Loss
  • Prelingually Deaf Adults with Cochlear Implants

Selected Bibliography

Harrison, M., Roush, J., & Wallace, J.. (2003) Trends in the age of identification and intervention for deaf and hard of hearing infants. Ear and Hearing. 24, 89-95.

Crais, E., Boone, H., Harrison, M., Freund, P., & Downing K.(2004). Interdisciplinary personnel    preparation: Graduates' use of targeted practices. Infants and Young Children, Vol. 1, 82-92.

Boone, H., Harrison, M., & West, T. (2002). Interdisciplinary social inclusion facilitation education: Preparing professionals to work with infants and toddlers. Teacher Education and Special Education, 25(4), 407-412.

Sjoblad, S., Harrison, M., Roush, J., McWilliam R. (2001). Parent's reactions and recommendation following diagnosis and hearing aid fitting. The American Journal of Audiology.

Harrison, M., Boone, H., West, T. (2001).Facilitating Inclusion in Early Childhood Settings: Interdisciplinary Preservice Preparation. Infant-Toddler Intervention, 11,2, 47-59.

Harrison, M., Dannhardt, M., and Roush, J. (1996). Families' perceptions of early intervention services for children with hearing loss. Language Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools, 27, 203-214.

Harrison, M., & Roush, J. (1996). Age of Suspicion, identification, and early intervention in infants with hearing loss: A national study. Ear and Hearing, 17, 55-62.

Cook, J., and Harrison, M. (1995). Private sign and its relationship to the development of literacy in preschool children with hearing loss. Sign Language Studies.

Kampfe, C., Harrison, M., Ludington, J., Oettinger, T., McDonald-Bell, C., and Pillsbury, H. (1993).

Parental expectations: A factor in patient selection in the multichannel cochlear implants. American Annals of the Deaf, 138, 297-303.

Roush, J., Harrison, M., Palsha, S., and Davidson, D. (1992). Family-centered early intervention: The status of pre-professional education. American Annals of the Deaf, 137, 425-430.

Roush, J., Harrison M. and Palsha, S. (1991). Family-centered early intervention: Perceptions of professionals. American Annals of the Deaf, 136, 4, 360-366.

Harrison, M., Layton, T. and Taylor, T. (1987). Antecedent and consequent stimuli in teacher-child dyads. American Annals of the Deaf, 132, 227-231

Contributions to Textbooks

Harrison, M. (2005). Assessing communication development in infants and toddlers: Collaborating with familites. In R. Seewald and J. Bamford (Ed). A Sound foundation through early amplification 2004. Great Britain: St. Edmundsbury Press (26 pages).

Harrison, M., & Roush, J. (2002). Information for families with young deaf and hard of hearing children: Reports from parents and pediatric audiologists. In R. Seewald and J. Gravel (Ed.). A Sound foundation through early amplification 2001. pp. 233-250. Great Britain: St. Edmundsbury Press.

Harrison, M. (2000). How do we know we've got it right? Observing performance with amplification. In R. Seewald (Ed.), Sound beginnings. 119-133. Nashville: Bill Wilkerson Press.

Harrison, M. (1999). Landau Kleffner Syndrome: Acquired Childhood Aphasia. In T. Layton, E Crais, and L. Watson (Eds.) Handbook of Early Language Impairments in Children Volume 1: Nature. 265-271. Albany, NY. Delmar Publishers.

Roush, J & Harrison, M. (1998). Age of suspicion, identification and intervention for young children with hearing loss. In Fred Bess, (Ed.), Children with hearing impairment: Contemporary trends.25-32. .Nashville: Bill Wilkerson Press.

Harrison, M. (1994). Development of the individualized family service plan. In J. Roush and N. Matkin (Eds.), Hearing Impairment in Infants and Toddlers: Family-Centered Assessment and Intervention. 112-132. Parkton, MD: York Press