Dr. Denise Joseph

Associate Professor

Department of Health and Human Service Professions


Dr. Joseph lives in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Pa., with her husband. They have three children, two of whom still live at home.

She has worked as a practicing speech and language therapist for more than 30 years, working with a variety of patient populations. Her area of expertise is working with the pediatric population, with a focus on children with speech and language disorders associated with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, neurologic impairments and developmental delays. She continues to be on staff at The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh and considers it a pleasure to work with the many families and children she has met through her clinical practice.

She came to Cal U in 2005 and has enjoyed her teaching experiences. It is her goal to provide students with the skills and knowledge that she has gained over the years in working with a population of clients who constantly force everyone to keep trying, despite the many challenges.

She received a Grant Writing Clinical Fellow Award in 2008.


  • Survey of Speech Pathology
  • Language and Speech Development
  • Speech Pathology I and II
  • Technical Writing
  • Language Disorders in Children
  • Early Intervention
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Research Interests

Dr. Joseph's current research interests include preliteracy and literacy skills in young children with speech and language disorders. A broad range of skills is necessary for reading. When a young child has difficulties with sound production, expressing themselves verbally and vocabulary, learning to read can be very difficult. Parental involvement with the children at early ages to help them learn and establish some of the skills necessary to read is essential. She is currently working to establish a pre-literacy or pre-reading program with parents and children ages 3 to 5.

Selected Presentations

  • "Clinical and Educational Aspects of a School Therapeutic Feeding Program," American Speech Hearing Association Convention, November 2004
  • "A Therapeutic Lunchtime Feeding Program Within a Special Needs School," Poster Session, American Speech Hearing Association Schools Conference, July 2004

Service Learning Projects

  • Services and Services Learning Committee - Faculty Professional Development Committee, 2009-2010 - Co-chair
  • Services and Services Learning Committee - Faculty Professional Development Committee, 2008-2009
  • Student Conduct Board, 2008-2009
  • Forum Committee, 2008-2010
  • Discovery Day, Fall 2008
  • Mission Day Recorder, Oct. 15, 2008
  • Mission Day Recorder, 2007
  • Quality Circle Grant Reviewer, 2008-2009, 2009-2010
  • Volunteer, Autism Walk, Summer 2007, Pittsburgh, Pa.

In The Classroom

Having been a practicing clinician for many years allows Dr. Joseph to share real-life case histories to illustrate many of the clinical therapy strategies discussed in textbooks.

  • B.S.: Education, Duquesne University
  • M.S.: Communication Disorders, Syracuse University
  • Ph.D.: Communication Disorders, University of Pittsburgh

Email: joseph@calu.edu

Phone: 724-938-4576

Office: Morgan Hall Room 285A