Craniofacial Speech Pathology Fellowship :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Craniofacial Speech Pathology Fellowship

Adriane Baylis, PhD, CCC-SLP
Program Director
(614) 722-3895

Richard Kirschner, MD
Associate Program Director

Kelsey Witthauer
Program Coordinator


Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a one-year Craniofacial Speech Pathology Fellowship consisting of clinical and research training in the assessment of:

  • Cleft lip and palate

  • Other craniofacial anomalies

  • Velopharyngeal dysfunction and Resonance disorders

  • Syndromes commonly associated with clefting/craniofacial anomalies, including emphasis on the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

  • Feeding/swallowing disorders in patients with craniofacial anomalies

  • Pediatric speech disorders, with an emphasis on articulation and motor speech disorders

The fellow will spend time in several areas of the hospital including the Cleft Lip and Palate Center, Speech Pathology Department, Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders, and 22q Center.

Fellows will be trained in the rationale, use, and interpretation of the following techniques:

  • Perceptual speech assessment

  • Speech outcome assessment

  • Acoustic speech assessment

  • Nasopharyngoscopic speech evaluation

  • Aerodynamic speech evaluation

  • Feeding/swallowing evaluation

  • Development and implementation of an evidence based speech treatment plan

  • Behavioral treatment for compensatory articulation disorders

  • Biofeedback treatment for speech disorders associated with velopharyngeal dysfunction

  • Clinical research practices, human subjects protections, IRB requirements and the responsible conduct of research

  • Quality improvement principles and general project design

The goal of the Craniofacial Speech Pathology Fellowship is to prepare individuals to practice as an SLP on a cleft/craniofacial team in a pediatric medical or academic setting.

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000