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



The Craniofacial Speech Pathology Fellowship Program is a full-time, 12 month experience (approximately August to August) consisting of clinical and research training in the assessment and treatment 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 approximately 15 hours per week in the Cleft Lip and Palate/Craniofacial Clinic, focused on training in speech diagnosis/assessment. The fellow will spend approximately 15 hours per week with the Speech Pathology department focused on training in speech treatment (therapy). The fellow will spend 10 hours per week with the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department focused on Craniofacial-Speech research and speech outcome projects.

The fellowship can be designed to include completion of all required clinical hours and training to meet ASHA CFY requirements for the CCC’s; however, applicants who already have their CCC’s are also strongly encouraged to apply.


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

Core Curriculum

  • Weekly multidisciplinary team conferences in the Cleft Lip and Palate/Craniofacial Center
  • Monthly multidisciplinary team conferences in the 22q Center
  • Educational meetings and lectures
  • Attendance at the annual meeting of the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association meeting (travel stipend available)
  • Participation in plastic surgery core curriculum and case presentation conferences with The Ohio State University's Plastic Surgery Department
  • Attendance at local regional cleft/craniofacial symposium and courses as opportunities arise
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000