Personnel Profile

Stephen Oller, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Stephen Oller

Dr. Oller joined the faculty of Texas A&M University-Kingsville in the fall of 2005. He has focused his attention on normal language development, child language disorders, and Autism. He is a co-author (along with J. W. Oller, Jr., and Linda C. Badon) on Milestones: Normal Speech and Language Development Across the Life Span and Cases: Introducing Communication Disorders Across the Life Span, both published by Plural Publishing. Also with John W. Oller, Jr. he has co-authored Autism: The Diagnosis, Treatment, & Etiology of the Undeniable Epidemic published by J&B publishing. Most recently John and Stephen Oller along with Stacy N. Oller, CCC-SLP published the second edition of Milestones.

In April of 2012 Oller was awarded the Annual Faculty Lecture. This competitive award is given by the Texas A&M-Kingsville faculty senate for current research being carried out at the university. The research he is engaged in is the continuing development of the Milestones Scale as applied to Autism Spectrum Disorders. This current project involves performance based and test based convergent validation as well as reliability testing of the scale.  In short this scale is intended not to diagnose ASDs, but rather as an index that can be used to determine an individual's proximal zone of development thereby facilitating appropriate selection of therapy goals and activities. Click here for a pdf version of the lecture.


BS    (2001) in Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

PhD  (2005) in Applied Language and Speech Sciences from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Contact Information

Clinical Health Sciences
Manning 160
MSC 177A Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361-593-2764
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