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Martha Dunkelberger, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Instructional Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator

  • Phone: (713) 743-2923

  • Fax: (713) 743-2926

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  • Office: Clinical Research Services 116

Dr. Dunkelberger joined the University of Houston department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1997 following eight years of clinical practice. She is working toward developing a better picture of the developmental progression of phonological systems and literacy skills in preschool and school aged children.

Together with her husband of 20 years, she is the proud parent of a daughter, Erin and a son, Nathan.  She is owned by two Australian Shepherds, Riley and Bailey, and spends most of her free time walking them, combing them or sweeping up after them.


  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Houston, Houston, TX
  • MHS, Communication Disorders, Governors State University, University Park, IL
  • BS, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Ohio University, Athens, OH

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  • Normal Language Development (COMD 2339) – Overview of the typical development of language and speech from birth through adulthood. Fall semesters.
  • Phonological Disorders (COMD 3371) – Introduction to disorders of speech articulation. Spring semesters.
  • Phonological Disorders (COMD 7322) – In depth analysis of disorders of speech articulation including methods and philosophies of evaluation and treatment. Fall semesters.
  • Disorders of Literacy (COMD 6394) – In depth analysis of the disorders of language that affect the development and maintenance of literacy across the lifespan. Spring semesters.

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Research Interests

The interaction between phonological and literacy development and disorders. Raising a Reader: An investigation of predictable outcomes of parent education on children in Head Start programs across the city of Houston. Read more about Dr. Dunkelberger's research »

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Selected Publications


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Professional Activities

  • Undergraduate Program Coordinator

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