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Debra Burnett

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology, Syracuse University
  • M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology, State University of New York, College at Geneseo
  • B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, State University of New York, College at Geneseo

Credentials and/or Certifications:

  • Certification of Clinical Competence, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, State of Kansas

Areas of Specialization:

  • Child language development
  • Child language disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Auditory Processing Disorder

Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors:

Dr. Burnett presents research findings related to projects in child language disorders annually at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's annual convention. She has also presented several times at the Symposium for Research in Child Language Disorders. Dr. Burnett supervises research conducted by undergraduate students in the honors program or by students enrolled in the undergraduate research practicum related to children with language disorders. Students have presented their research at the annual conference of the Kansas Speech Language Hearing Association as well as the Kansas State University Research Forum.

Dr. Burnett has completed research projects with the support of Kansas State University Small Research Grants related to children with language impairment (their understanding and use of figurative language) and children with autism spectrum disorder (social skills and learning environments).

Courses Taught:

  • CSD 442 Developmental Psycholinguistics
  • CSD 742 Language Assessment and Intervention II (School-age)
  • CSD 743 Communication Impairments in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • CSD 851 Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology
  • FSHS 575 Research Practicum: Child Language Research

Professional Biography:

Debra L. Burnett is an assistant professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at Kansas State University and a licensed speech-language pathologist. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Dr. Burnett teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs and provides clinical supervision to graduate students in the K-State Speech and Hearing Center. She serves as the co-coordinator of the graduate program and as co-advisor for the Kansas Student Speech Language Hearing Association (KSSSLHA). Her research interests include child language development and disorders with a focus in the areas of pragmatics and language comprehension within both typically developing and disordered populations (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, specific language impairment, auditory processing disorder).

Personal Information: 

Debra Burnett enjoys activities in the greater Manhattan, KS area that allow her to be of service to others. She organizes a monthly support group meeting for adolescents and adults with autism and their families (A3SG) and serves on the Executive Board of the Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association for the State of Kansas, Dr. Burnett serves on the Autism Advisory Board and the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Vita (pdf)