Loyola University Maryland

Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Lena Caesar, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Lena CaesarProfessor, Graduate Program Director


B.S. in Communication Disorders from Andrews University in Michigan
M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ed.D. in Special Education from Western Michigan University
Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University

Areas of Specialization

Dr. Caesar’s research interests focus on language and literacy assessment in bilingual and bi-dialectical populations.  Specifically, the over-arching focus of her research has been to advance clinical practice by addressing the challenges faced by SLPs as they attempt to provide appropriate services to individuals who are culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD).  The adequate preparation of SLP personnel for serving CLD children and their families is also an area that she investigates.

Achievements (past 5 years)

  • Authored seven (7) scholarly/professional articles addressing CLD and training issues in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Awarded the 2017 ASHFoundation Clinical Research Grant to address language acquisition in Guyana, South America
  • Selected as Chair of the ASHA-PAHO/WHO Belize collaboration ad hoc committee
  • Served as ASHA Subject Matter Expert, (2016). ASHA’s Written Language Disorders Practice Portal.

Scholarly Manuscripts (Last 3 years)

Caesar, L.G. & Kerins, M. (2020). Language and literacy predictors of dialect density among school-age African American children from two geographic regions.  Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (LSHSS), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1044/2020_LSHSS-19-00063  

Caesar, L.G. & Ottley, S.W. (2020). Assessing communication, language and speech in preschool children. In V. C. Alphonso, B.A. Bracken & R. J. Nagle (Eds.), Psychoeducational Assessment of Preschool Children (5th edition). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.  

Caesar, L.G. (2020).  Speech-language pathologists’ pre-service knowledge and skill training in early intervention.  Communication Disorders Quarterly, 1-9. DOI: 10.1177/1525740120924801 

Waterston, L, Duttine, A., Roman, R., & Caesar, L.G. (2018). The ASHA-PAHO Partnership: Progress, future plans and connecting to World Health Organization 2030. SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, Vol. 3, 60–64. 

Significant External Grant

Caesar, L.G. (2017-2019).  ASHFoundation Clinical Research Grant. The Ecological Validity of Narrative Sample Analysis for Diagnosing Language Disorders in Guyanese Children. $75,000.00.  Status: Awarded. 

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Brianne Roos, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

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Speech-Language Pathology