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

Professor Emerita
Lena Caesar

Lena CaesarProfessor Emerita



  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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. 

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.


  • 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.