Abbie Olszewski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor; Clinical Supervisor
"When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people." - Chinese proverb


Courses Taught

  • SPA 320 Phonetics
  • SPA 364 Articulation Disorders
  • SPA 400 Assessment of Communication Disorders
  • SPA 491 Extended Experience in Speech-Language Pathology
  • SPA 720 Research Design
  • SPA 790 Doctoral Seminar in Speech Pathology
  • SPA 797 Thesis

Teaching Interests

Dr. Olszewski's teaching occurs in non-clinical and clinical settings. To bridge the gap between knowledge and application, she incorporates the "see one, do one, teach one" pedagogy. In didactic courses, she implements multi-modality activities to practice content knowledge. She also uses current technology in her courses such as online platforms, blogs, discussion boards, videos, and audio/visual supports. In the clinic, she mentors graduate student clinicians who deliver diagnostic and therapeutic services that focus on language and literacy skills. She uses the DEAL framework to encourage all of her students to use critical thinking skills.


Dr. Abbie Olszewski conducts research regarding clinical skill development for speech-language pathologists with an emphasis in language/literacy and transgender women. She has a particular interest in developing the language and literacy skill of children who are at-risk, culturally and linguistically diverse, Spanish-English bilinguals, Native American, and who have a hearing loss. She involves both undergraduate and graduate students in her research.


  • 2013: Doctor of Philosophy in Disability Disciplines with a specialization in Speech-Language Pathology and sub-specialization in Language and Literacy, Utah State University
  • 1998: Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology, Northern Illinois University
  • 1996: Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders, Northern Illinois University