OHSU

Charity Rowland PhD

CR  Research Assistant Professor,
PI, Proving the Effectiveness of the Online Communication Matrix,
PI, Communication Matrix Community of Practice (US) Dept. of Education
rowlandc@ohsu.edu

 

Current Roles:

  • Communication development  
  • Cognitive development    
  • Severe/multiple disabilities  
  • AAC
  • Assessment 

Biography:

Dr. Rowland's interests and research involve the assessment, development and education of individuals who experience severe and/or multiple disabilities. Her work is supported entirely by federal grants. Areas of specific interest include communicative development and cognitive development in nonspeaking children and adults. Current grants focus on the assessment of communication skills and the development of appropriate IEPS for children with complex communication needs. Design to Learn research is conducted in community-based settings including public schools and homes.

Education:

  • Ph.D. University of Oklahoma: Experimental Psychology
  • M.S. University of Oklahoma: Experimental Psychology
  • B.S. New College: Experimental Psychology

Past Experience:

  • PI, Making the Right to Communicate a Reality for Young Children with Multiple Disabilities III (DOE), 2002-2005PI, Making the Right to Communicate a Reality for Young Children with Multiple Disabilities II (DOE), 1999-2003
  • PI, Establishing the Foundations for Self-Determination in Young Children with Low-Incidence Disabilities (DOE), 1999-2003
  • PI, Learning to Learn (DOE), 1999-2003

Grants:   

  • 2011-2014, PI, Proving the Effectiveness of the Online Communication Matrix (US Dept.of Education Grant # H327A110010, $1,200,000). This project will examine whether using the online Communication Matrix suite is associated with the development of better communication-related IEP/IFSP goals and better attainment of these goals by students, as compared to a "business-as-usual" approach.
  • 2014 – 2019, PI, Communication Matrix Community of Practice (US Dept.of Education Grant # H327S130010, $2,500,000). This is an implementation project to scale up use of the Communication Matrix suite by teachers and speech-language pathologists nationwide. The project will develop a virtual community of practice to augment the current Communication Matrix suite.

Publications:

  1. Rowland, C. (2011). Using the Communication Matrix to Assess Expressive Skills in Early Communicators. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 32, 190-201.
  2. Rowland, C., Fried-Oken, M., Steiner, SAM, Lollar, D., Phelps, R., Simeonsson, R., and Granlund, M. (2012). Developing the ICF-CY for AAC Profile and Code Set for Children Who Rely on AAC. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 28(1): 21-33.
  3. Fried-Oken, M., Rowland, C., Noethe, G., Dixon, M., Fuller, B., Mills, C., Gibbons, C., Daniels,D., Small, J., Still, K., Oken, B. (2012). AAC to support conversation in persons with moderate Alzheimer's disease. Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 28(4):219-231. 
  4. Rowland, C. & Parker, A. (in press). Research on communication intervention for children who are deafblind. In M. Romski & R. Sevcik (Eds.) Examining the Science and Practice of Communication Interventions for Individuals with Severe Disabilities. Baltimore: Paul Brookes.
  5. Rowland, C. (in press). Using the Online Communication Matrix to Assess Early Communicators who are Deafblind. Deafblind Perspectives.
  6. Rowland, C. (in press). Using the Communication Matrix to Assess Expressive Skills in Early Communicators. Communication Disorders Quarterly.
  7. Rowland, C. & Fried-Oken, M. (in press) Communication Matrix: A clinical and research assessment tool targeting children with severe communication disorders. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.
  8. Rowland, C. (2011). An Invitation to Use a Free Online Assessment Tool for Early Communicators who are Deafblind,. Deafblind International Review,46, 51-55.
  9. Fried-Oken, M., Rowland, C., Gibbons, C. (2010). Providing Augmentative and Alternative Communication Treatment to Persons with Nonfluent Progressive Aphasia. Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic, 20, 21-25.
  10. Fried-Oken, M., Rowland, C., Baker, G., Dixon, M., Mills, C., Schultz, D., and Oken, B. (2009). The Effect of Voice Output on AAC-Supported Conversations of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease. ACM Trans. Access. Comput. 1(3),1-11.
  11. Rowland, C. M., & Schweigert, P. D. (2009). Object lessons: How children with autism spectrum disorders use objects to interact with the physical and social environments. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3(2), 517-527.