Personnel Profile

Christine Fiestas, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Christine Fiestas

Christine Fiestas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP just recently joined the faculty at TAMUK in August of 2014. She completed her master’s and doctoral studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin, and her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and French at The University of Vermont.  Research experience includes post-graduate and graduate work as a Research Assistant on several NIH grant-funded research projects targeting reading intervention and dual-language assessment for bilingual elementary school-aged children.   Christine’s research interests include the transfer of language and literacy skills across languages for bilingual children, bilingual fluency, and dual-language intervention for bilingual children with language impairment, specifically Spanish/English bilinguals.  Additional interests include developing assessment measures to reduce bias in the diagnostic process of language impairment for bilingual and bidialectal children (Spanish/English, Japanese/English and Hawai’i Creole speakers).  Recently she received the ASHA Multicultural Projects Grant Award in August of 2013 “Training SLPs in the Pacific: Assessment Tool for Hawaiian Creole” to develop a language sample state-wide normative database for children in Hawai’i from PK-3rd grade.  Christine has published in several peer-reviewed journals and has presented at numerous conferences nationally and internationally. She has served on faculty at Texas State University and University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Her clinical experience includes providing services to a Spanish-speaking caseload in Early Childhood Intervention in Austin, Texas and as a school-based SLP in a Title I bilingual elementary school campus in Central Texas. In addition to working with children with language impairment, Christine has also developed a clinical passion for working with persons who stutter using cognitive restructuring and managing the physiological response to anticipated stuttering events. Christine has served on committees for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association and currently serves as the Public Relations Director for the Hawai’i Speech-Language Hearing Association and as a volunteer on the Board of Health Consultants for the Honolulu Community Action Program-Head Start. 


Contact Information

Clinical Health Sciences
Manning 161
MSC 177A Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
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