Craniofacial Speech Pathology Fellowship

Craniofacial Speech Pathology Fellowship

The one-year Craniofacial Speech Pathology Fellowship consists of clinical and research training in the assessment and treatment of cleft lip and palate, pediatric speech disorders, craniofacial anomalies and more.

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

What You Need to Know


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

Research and QI

Fellows will participate in the design and execution of departmental research projects in collaboration with faculty and staff.

They will also facilitate quality improvement projects to support best clinical practices and outcomes for patients treated within the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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


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.


Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Completion of Master’s or Doctoral degree in Speech Pathology/Communication Disorders by hire date.

  • Completion of coursework in pediatric speech disorders, with completion of a cleft/craniofacial anomalies course preferred.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for effective communication of information and positive interpersonal skills; ability to function in an interdisciplinary environment.

  • Completion of student externship/practicum in pediatric medical setting.

  • Completion of a research project or thesis preferred.

  • In addition, the fellow will provide:

    • Proof of valid provisional Ohio licensure in Speech Pathology or proof of eligibility for Ohio licensure (with proof of application), by hire date.

    • Clinical Fellow registration for the CCC’s of the American Speech Language Hearing Association in Speech Language Pathology, or documentation of current ASHA CCC’s, by hire date.


To apply, please send the following via one email or mail to the contact listed below:

  • Cover letter with contact information

  • Summary of your career goals (one page)

  • Curriculum vita (include anticipated graduation date)

  • 2 - 3 reference letters (at least one from a clinical supervisor, at least one from an academic mentor/professor preferred)

  • Current transcript (scanned/unofficial copy is acceptable)

Danielle Slack
Program Coordinator
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive, Suite T2H
Columbus, Ohio 43205

Deadline for 2023-2024 fellowship applicants is March 8, 2023.