Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Reliable and valid diagnosis & classification of language disorders particularly in school-aged children
  • Language sample analysis as a tool for clinical decision making
  • Childhood language disorders and their comorbidity with other cognitive, developmental, and mental health impairments (with an emphasis, currently, on children exposed prenatally to alcohol)
  • Utilization of computer technologies in treatment for childhood language impairments

Teaching Interests

  • Best practice in the diagnosis & treatment of childhood language disorders during the school years, with particular interest in the later developing aspects of language and communication.
  • Linguistic foundations of clinical practice
  • Hands-on clinical training

Education

  • New Mexico State University              BA                   1987                English
  • New Mexico State University              MA                  1989                Curriculum & Instruction
  • University of New Mexico                   MS                  1997                Communication Disorders
  • University of Washington                    Ph.D.   2010    Speech & Hearing Sciences

Dissertation title: Tallying Reference Errors in Narratives: Integrative Language Function, Impairment, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Professional Licensure

  • CCC-SLP (American Speech-Language Hearing Association—since 1999)
  • Licensed SLP State of Washington since 2009; New Mexico, 1999 – 2011
  • New Mexico Teaching License—Secondary Language Arts & Special Education (inactive).

Publications

 

Research Papers

Thorne, J. C., & Coggins,  T.E. (2016) Cohesive referencing errors during narrative production as clinical evidence of central nervous system abnormality in school-aged children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders,American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 25 (4), 532-546. doi:10.1044/2016_AJSLP-15-0124.

Jerger, S., & Thorne, J. C. (2016) Exploring the Utility of a School-Age Narrative Microstructure Index: Proportion of Restricted Utterances. Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools 47(2): 171-80. 

Thorne, J. C., & Coggins, T. E. (2008). A diagnostically promising technique for tallying nominal reference errors in the narratives of school-aged children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 43 (5), 570-594. Available at http://depts.washington.edu/fasdpn/pdfs/thorne2008.pdf

Thorne, J. C., Coggins, T. E., Carmichael-Olsen, H., & Astley, S. J. (2007). Exploring the utility of narrative analysis in diagnostic decision-making: Picture-bound reference, elaboration, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 50(2). Available at http://jslhr.asha.org/cgi/content/abstract/50/2/459

Oelschlaeger, M. L., & Thorne, J. C. (1999). Application of the correct information unit analysis to the naturally occurring conversation of a person with aphasia. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 42(3), 636-648. Available at http://jslhr.asha.org/cgi/content/abstract/42/3/636

Dissertation

Thorne, J.C. (2010). Tallying Reference Errors in Narratives: Integrative Language Function, Impairment, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders  (Doctoral dissertation). Open access at https://digital.lib.washington.edu/researchworks/handle/1773/16321

Assessment materials (under development)

Thorne, J. C. (2006). Tallying reference errors in narrative: University of Washington. Available https://johncthorne.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/treinwebmanual.pdf

Thorne, J. C. (2004). The semantic elaboration coding system: University of Washington. Available at https://johncthorne.wordpress.com/the-semantic-elaboration-coding-system/.

Book Chapters (Invited)

Thorne, J. C., Jirikowic, T., Davies, J., & Brooks, A. (March, 2010). Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. In R. Nass & F. Yitzchak (Eds.), Cognitive and Behavioral Abnormalities of Pediatric Diseases, First Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Coggins, T. E., & Thorne, J. C. (April, 2010). Substance abuse and childhood language disorders. In J. S. Damico, M. J. Ball & N. Muller (Eds.), Handbook Of Language And Speech Disorders: Ames, IA, Blackwell.

Thorne, J. C., & Coggins, T. E. (2016). Multilingual Perspectives on Language and Communication Development in Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. In Janet Patterson, J & Rodriguez B. L. Multilingual Perspectives on Child Language Disorders. Bristol, UK, Multilingual Matters.

Traineeships/awards

  • WA DSHS: WA State Contract #1165-28549 (S. Astley, PI)   07/01/95-present; Role: Co-Investigator
    WA State FAS Diagnostic and Prevention Network: Primary objectives are to provide FASD diagnostic, screening, prevention, intervention and training services statewide through a network of FASD diagnostic clinics.  This program includes FAS screening in foster care, statewide FAS surveillance with the WA State Birth Defects Division and tracking of FAS prevalence and maternal alcohol use during pregnancy over time.
  • UW ADAI  (S. Kover, PI)   02/01/2016 – 01/21/2018;  Role: Co-Investigator
    University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute Small Grants Program: “Word Learning in Children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Cognitive Mechanisms of Vocabulary Acquisition and Functional Implications”

    Completed Research Support

  • Trainee- Research Training in Speech and Hearing Sciences, NIH Grant # 2T32DC000033, 2005-2008 (tuition plus wage);
  • Trainee- Leadership in Education Neurodevelopmental and related Disorders, (6T73MC00041-11-01) HRSA MCH Bureau (tuition plus wage) 2003-2005;
  • Travel Award Winner – Lesley B. and Steven G. Olswang Endowed Graduate Student Conference Fund, November, 2009; Travel Award winner (NIH Cnf. Grant # R13 DC01677), Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, 2005 & 2008; Travel Award Winner—UW Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation, October, 2004.
  • Research Assistant, University of New Mexico (tuition plus wage) 1996-1998;
  • Dean’s List, New Mexico State University, Arts & Sciences, undergraduate 1985.

Research Experience and Projects

University of Washington: Current project as primary investigator

Development and validation of a narrative analysis tool for diagnostic decision-making involving school-aged children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

  • Tallying Reference Errors in Narratives: Integrative Language Function, Impairment, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: My dissertation was a study of the relationship between narrative performance and clinical indicators of risk for underlying CNS damage (both structural and functional) in a clinical population of children diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). The study provided further development and validation of my narrative analysis system using a large existing data set of narratives (N=160) collected from two of group: one consisting of typically developing children and a second consisting of children with FASD. This study was completed in coordination with interdisciplinary research teams at the University of Washington Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network (Susan Astley, PI), Families Moving Forward Project at Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute (Heather Carmichael Olson, PI), the Child Language Laboratory in the University of Washington Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences (Truman Coggins and Lesley Olswang, PI’s). Available at https://digital.lib.washington.edu/researchworks/handle/1773/16321

Current research: I am currently in the process of expanding the analysis of my dissertation data set to allow for comparison to existing narrative analysis techniques for diagnostic decision making, as well as working to replicate initial findings. This includes comparisons between  a variety of commonly used indices of narrative quality, as well as techniques for classifying errors  that may be indicators of underlying impairment. I am also involved in  research to look at potential mechanism that may be at the root of language  impairment in children with prenatal alcohol exposure. This research includes collaborative projects looking at word learning and auditory processing in this population that marry narrative analysis techniques with physiological measures,  brain imaging, and eye-gaze tracking.

Other research experience:

University of Washington: Lab Coordinator—Child Language Laboratory

  • with Dr. Truman Coggins and Dr. Lesley Olswang. 2005 – 2010.

University of New Mexico: Research Assistant

  •  with Dr. Mary Oelschlaeger  1996 – 1998.

Presentations
Peer Reviewed forums

McLaughlin, S.,  & Thorne,  J.C. (2016, April) Characterizing auditory processing in adolescents and adults with FASD. The 7th National Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD, Vancouver, BC.

Thorne J.C., & Coggins, T.E. (2012, October) Language Impairment in School-age FASD. Presented to the Washington Speech-Language Hearing Association Annual Convention, Tacoma, WA.

Grittner, J. M., Coggins, T. E., Thorne, J. C., & Olswang, L. (2009, November). Classification Accuracy of Nominal Reference Errors for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association National Convention New Orleans, LA.

Thorne, J. C., & Coggins, T. E. (2008, June). Signals of CNS damage in the discourse behavior of school-aged children with prenatal alcohol exposure during a narrative generation task. Poster presented at the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders 2008, Madison, WI.

Thorne, J. C., & Coggins, T. E. (November, 2006) Discourse errors as a signal of CNS damage in FASD. Poster presented at the ASHA national convention. Miami Beach, FL.

Thorne, J. C., & Coggins, T. E. (June, 2005). Exploring the utility of narrative analysis to aid in the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD): The Semantic Elaboration Coding System (SECS). Poster presented at the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI. http://www.srcld.org/Archive/PresentationDetail.aspx?SUBID=1802

Thorne, J. C., & Coggins, T. E. (November, 2004). The semantic elaboration coding system: semantic elaboration in the narratives of children with FASD. Poster presented at the ASHA national convention. Philadelphia, PA.

Invited

Research Briefing: narrative analysis & FASD. Presentation to the Washington State Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic & Prevention Network, Seattle WA. May, 2010.

Betz, S., Thorne, J. C., Finestack, L., Hoover, J. (November, 2007) What to Consider When Considering a PhD: A Peer Perspective. Panel discussion at ASHA national convention. Boston, MA.

Research Briefing: narrative analysis & FASD. Presentation to the Washington State Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic & Prevention Network, Yakima WA. June, 2006.

Development of speech and language skills: the first three years. Presentation to the Friends of Youth Healthy Start program (case-managers working with teen-age mothers to provide pre & post-natal support). Redmond, WA. January, 2005.

Other forums

Narrative errors as a signal of underlying CNS damage in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Presentation to University of Washington Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences Doctoral Research Forum, Seattle, WA. January, 2008.

The rate of Nominal Reference Errors in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Presentation to University of Washington Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences Doctoral Research Forum, Seattle, WA. October, 2006.

Progress report: FAS, FASD & Narrative. Presentation to the interdisciplinary research team of the University of Washington Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Diagnosis & Prevention Network Clinic, Seattle, WA, April, 2006.

Exploring the utility of narrative analysis in diagnostic decision-making: Picture-bound reference, elaboration, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Presentation to University of Washington Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences Doctoral Research Forum, Seattle, WA. March, 2006.

Narrative analysis in diagnostic decision making: the semantic elaboration coding system and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. University of Washington Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and related Disorders—Annual Leadership Forum, Seattle, WA. May, 2005.

Creating a reliable measure: the semantic elaboration coding system (SECS). Presentation to University of Washington Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences Doctoral Research Forum, Seattle, WA. January 2005.

Weighing words: using elaboration in narratives to understand children’s language abilities. University of Washington Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and related Disorders—Annual Leadership Forum, Seattle, WA. October, 2004.

Teaching Experiences

Professional

  • Higher Education:
    • Instructor/Lecturer, University of Washington Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences teaching undergraduate and graduate coursework (2010 to present).
      • SPHSC 250 Human Communication and Its Disorders: overview of normal and impaired human communication, including speech, language, and hearing disorders.
      • SPHSC 303 Language Science: introduction to techniques of linguistic analysis used in the study of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics as applied to clinical practice in speech-language pathology and audiology.
      • SPHSC 405 Diagnosis of Speech and Language Disorders: principles and procedures for the diagnosis of speech and language disorders.
      • SPHSC 536 Assessment and Treatment of School-Age Communication Disorders: Examines the principles and procedures used in evidence-based assessment and treatment of school-aged speech-and-language disorders.
    • Clinical Supervisor, University of Washington Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences (2009 to present)
      • SPHSC 551: Advanced Practicum in Speech Pathology Evaluation,
      • SPHSC 552 Advanced Practicum in Speech Pathology Management
    • Instructor, University of Washington Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences
      • SPHSC 305: Speech and Language Disorders, Autumn, 2008
    • Instructor, University of Washington Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences
      • SPHSC 405: Diagnosis of Speech and Language Disorders, Winter, 2007
    • Trainer, Team Training Workshop, University of Washington Fetal Alcohol Diagnostic and Prevention Network. March, 2005.
    • Lead Teaching Assistant: Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, 2009 to 2010
    • Instructor, Northern Arizona University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
      • CSD 510: Clinical and Educational Methods, Summer, 2003
    • Instructor, Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute Department of Adult and Developmental Studies
      • remedial college writing courses, 1994 – 1998.
  • Public Schools:
    • Instructor, Bernalillo High School, Bernalillo, NM
      • Special Education Community Based Work-Study Program,. 1990 -1994
    • Instructor, Lynn Middle School, Las Cruces, NM
      • self-contained classroom for children with emotional or behavioral handicaps,. December 1989 – June 1990.
    • Substitute Teacher, high-school English and Language Arts programs including long-term assignments, Las Cruces Public Schools, Las Cruces, NM. 1988.

 

Teaching Experiences Other

  • Student Teaching: self-contained classroom for students with multiple handicaps and autism, Mesilla Valley Vocational Training Center, Las Cruces, NM. Summer, 1989;  Sixth Grade Science and English classroom, Picacho Middle School, Las Cruces, NM. Spring, 1989. Student Teacher, C-level general special education classroom, Lynn Middle School, Las Cruces, NM. Fall 1989.
  • Creative Writing Instructor, Southern New Mexico Men’s Correctional Facility – in conjunction with course work at New Mexico State University Department of Education, Las Cruces, NM. Fall, 1987.

Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Experience

  • University of Washington Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network Clinic: SLP on an interdisciplinary team providing diagnostic services for families and training for professionals locally, nationally and internationally—2003 to present.
  • University of Washington Center For Human Development and Disability Child Development Clinic: providing diagnostic services to families of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities 2003-2005; 2009 to present.
  • Cooperative Education Services: serving elementary-aged children in multicultural rural & urban school districts—Albuquerque, Grants, and Los Lunas, NM. Dec. 2001 to 2003.
  • VTA Management Services: serving preschool and school aged children in school and home settings—New York City, NY. Autumn, 2001.
  • Kirtland Elementary School: serving K-5 in multi-cultural setting—Albuquerque, NM. 1997 to 2001.

Management Experience

Special Education Coordinator/ Department Chair, Bernalillo High School Department of Special Education, Bernalillo, NM (1991-1994). Responsibilities included oversight of program and curriculum development, parent / community outreach, oversight of all IEP meetings, preparation of required state reports, course matrix, policy development, budget, inventory, service provision, and coordination with community based organizations (Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, City & Tribal Governments, School Boards, etc.). Oversight of certified staff and para-professionals serving minority students. Collaborated with school-board, staff, and administration in a redesign of special education delivery from a primarily pull-out model to one that supported full inclusion of special education students into general education settings.



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