Wayne A. Secord received his BS and MA degrees in Speech and Hearing Science from Ohio State University (OSU) in 1971 and 1977 respectively and his PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Cincinnati (UC) in 1980. He is currently a Senior Research Scientist in Speech-Language Pathology at OSU.
Over the past 38 years, Dr. Secord has held a number of clinical, academic and professional leadership positions. He worked as a clinical speech-language pathologist in the Columbus, Ohio Public Schools for five years, and a professor and researcher for a number of universities including the University of Cincinnati (UC), Bowling Green State University (BGSU), Miami (Ohio) University (MU), Ohio State University (OSU), Northern Arizona University (NAU), and the University of Central Florida (UCF). He coordinated the public school training program at OSU, chaired the department of Communication Disorders at NAU, developed and directed the National Center for School Speech-Language Pathology at UC, and was appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor at UCF. As a Principal Investigator of funded research and training projects, he has raised more than 5 million dollars in support of his academic and clinical innovations.
Dr. Secord is a Fellow of the Ohio Speech & Hearing Association (OSHA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and has received awards for outstanding clinical achievement from UC, OSU, OSHA, the ASHA Foundation, and the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Western New York (SHAWNY). He has authored or co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, books, standardized tests and intervention programs on assessment and treatment of speech and language disorders, and served as the editor of Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools (a major ASHA journal) from 1992 to 1998.
Dr. Secord’s teaching, research, and service represent a lifetime of professional leadership and clinical excellence. His clinical publications and other innovations have helped millions of children with disabilities in communication, language, and literacy and empowered thousands of professionals in the field to succeed at levels many had not thought possible.