Katie Hustad, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Katie Hustad

Professor, Department Chair

Contact Information

377 Goodnight Hall
1975 Willow Dr.
Madison, WI 53706



  • B.A., University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Courses Taught

  • CS&D 110: Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • CS&D 705: Dysarthria/Augmentative Communication Systems for the Severely Handicapped


Research Statement

Dr. Hustad’s research centers around children and adults with significant speech intelligibility problems associated with dysarthria. Her work has three main themes: 1) identification of variables that influence speech intelligibility, including factors related to the listener, the communicative context, and the speaker; 2) augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) interventions to enhance communication effectiveness for individuals with reduced speech intelligibility; and 3) longitudinal development of speech, language, and communication in young children with cerebral palsy. Most of her research takes place at the Waisman Center, where she works closely with several clinical programs including the Communication Aids and Systems Clinic.

Recent Publications

Hustad, K.C., Allison, K.M., McFadd, E.D., & Riehle, K. (2013).  Speech and Language Development in 2-Year Old Children with Cerebral Palsy. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 17, 167-75[PMID: 23627373]

Allison, K.M., & Hustad, K.C. (2014). Impact of sentence length and phonetic complexity on intelligibility of 5-year-old children with cerebral palsy.  International Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 16, 396-407.  [PMID: 24476542]

Lee, J., Hustad, K.C., & Weismer, G. (2014).  Predicting speech intelligibility with a multiple speech subsystems approach in children with cerebral palsy.  Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57, 1666-78.  [PMID: 24824584].

Smith, A.L. and K.C. Hustad (2015). AAC and Early Intervention for Children with Cerebral Palsy: Parent Perceptions and Child Risk Factors. Augment Altern Commun, 31, 336-50.

Hustad, K.C., A. Oakes, K. Allison, E. McFadd (2015). Alignment of classification paradigms for communication abilities in children with cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol.

Hustad, K.C., A. Oakes, and K. Allison (2015). Variability and Diagnostic Accuracy of Speech Intelligibility Scores in Children. J Speech Lang Hear Res, 58, 1695-707.