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Froma P. Roth, PhD, CCC-SLP (Retired), BCS-CL (Retired)


University of Maryland, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences


2200 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20850

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Froma P. Roth, PhD, CCC-SLP (Retired), BCS-CL (Retired)

Froma Roth is Professor Emeritus of the University of Maryland, College Park, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences and is an ASHA Fellow. She spends her 40-plus year career pursuing a passion for children’s language development and difficulties experienced by preschool and school-age children at risk for or with language/learning disabilities. All of her research, teaching, and clinical work is guided by the research-to-practice question: How does the laboratory evidence translate into actual practice to promote children’s language and literacy learning and developmental outcomes? Her numerous publications, papers, books, and presentations reflect this translational focus. She completed foundational studies that broadened the lens through which we view language development, identified the variety of communication and linguistic factors that place children at-risk for language impairments and school failure, and provided successful scaled research evidence to practical instructional methods/procedures. She often is invited to chair and participate on professional committees and task forces charged with policy-making mandates. In all professional arenas, Froma prizes collaborative teaming as the most enjoyable and productive approach to problem solving. This preference arose early in her career and remains a topmost priority today.

Areas of Emphasis:

  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Language/Learning Disabilities
  • Literacy: Reading/Dyslexia

Other Areas of Emphasis


Ages of Emphasis:

  • Birth to Three
  • Early Education (Ages 3–5)
  • Early Elementary (Kindergarten to Grade 6)