Lori Davis

Lori Davis

Associate Professor of Communication DisordersMary K. Chapman Center 101-B

Professional background involves speech-language pathology clinical services in acute-care hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation, home health, public schools, and long-term care medical settings. I currently serve as the Director of the TU Cleft Palate Team which meets monthly. Research interests and areas of expertise involve issues related to medical speech language pathology in both children and adults including dysphagia, head and neck cancer, cleft palate, motor speech disorders, dementia, stroke, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, voice disorders, ventilator dependency and tracheostomy. Current research projects are in the areas of quality of life in individuals with swallowing disorders and service delivery for individuals with clefts and craniofacial anomalies.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • B.S. Speech pathology, 1990, Oklahoma State Univ.
  • M.A. Speech pathology, 1992, Oklahoma State Univ.
  • Ed.D. Occupation and Adult Education, 2000, Oklahoma State Univ.
  • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, 2000, Oklahoma State Univ.

Previous Teaching Experience

  • 1999-2000 Oklahoma State University Dept of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Speech-language pathologist
    • Colorado Springs public schools and early childhood programs
  • Medical Speech-language pathologist
    • Sundance Rehabilitation, Specialty Hospital of Tulsa, Valir Rehabilitation, St. John Medical Center.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Member, Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Member, American Cleft Palate Association
  • ASHA Special Interest Division 13: Swallowing

Courses Taught at TU

  • Cognitive-communicative disorders (CDSP 7113)
  • Dysphagia (CDSP 7273)
  • Motor speech disorders (CDSP 7123)
  • Orofacial anomalies (CDSP 7083)
  • Techniques of research and evaluation (CDSP 7253)
  • Voice disorders (CDSP 7153)

Awards & Recognition

  • Achievements in Aging Award, Educator Area
  • ASHA ACE (award for continuing education)
  • Medicine Wheel Award for Service from the University of Tulsa
  • Oklahoma Department of Human Service Aging Division award
  • Selected as Editor of Perspectives, the publication of ASHA Division 13 Special Interest Division Newsletter 2009-2011


  • Applying Knowles’ model of andragogy to individualized osteoporosis education
    Chesbro, S., & Davis, L. (2002). Issues in Aging, 25, 8-11.
  • Characteristics of dysphagia in elderly patients requiring mechanical ventilation
    Davis, L., & Stanton, S. (2004). Dysphagia, 19, 7-14.
  • Cognitive-communicative and independent living skills assessment in individuals with dementia: A pilot study of environmental impact
    Davis, L., Hoppes, S. & Chesbro, S. (2005). Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 21, 136-43.
  • Computer Use in Management of Aphasia: A Survey of Practice Patterns and Opinions
    Davis, L., & Copeland, K. (2006). Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 33, 138-146.
  • Effectiveness of computer-based dysphagia training using pre and post assessment of direct care staff
    Davis, L., & Copeland, K. (2005). Dysphagia, 20, 141-148.
  • Environmental effects on the assessment of people with dementia: A pilot study
    Hoppes, S., Davis, L.A., & Thompson, D. (2003). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 57(4), 396-402.
  • Integrating health promotion, patient education, and adult education principles with the older adult: A perspective for rehabilitation professionals
    Davis, L., & Chesbro, S. (2003). Journal of Allied Health, 32(2), 106-109.
  • Semantic Feature Analysis as a functional therapy tool: A case study
    Davis, L., & Stanton, S. (in press). Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  • Speech-language pathologists’ roles and knowledge levels related to non-oral feeding
    Davis, L., & Conti, G. (2003). Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 11, 15-30.
  • The use of automated telephone systems by older adults: The impact of age and cerebrovascular accident
    Davis, L. & Kaspar, S. (2002). The Southwest Journal on Aging, 18, 81-86.