Lesley Raisor-Becker

Lesley J. Raisor-Becker

Assistant Professor-Educator

Professional Summary

Lesley Raisor-Becker, PhD, is a researcher, teacher, and practicing clinician specializing in the language and literacy development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Her research interests include:  the effects of prenatal drug/alcohol exposure on development, social skill and executive function in children, and pedagogy/supervision.  She is also interested in the use of integrative health practices in allied health disciplines.  She has taught numerous online and face-to-face courses and has presented at the national, state, and local levels.

Education

B.A., University of Louisville 1999 (Psychology)

M.S., University of Louisville 2001 (Speech Language Pathology)

Ph.D., University of Cincinnati 2006 (Speech Language Pathology)

Positions and Work Experience

2008 -2016 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati ,

2008 -To Present PRN-Speech-Language Pathologist for skilled nursing facilities, Olympia Therapy, Southwestern Region of Ohio

2001 -2008 Speech-Language Pathologist, Speech and Language Associates, Cincinnati, OH

08-01-2016 -To Present Assistant Professor-Educator,

Research and Practice Interests

Dr. Raisor-Becker has practiced clinically as a speech language pathologist for over 10 years.  Although her area of clinical focus has primarily been with preschool children, she also enjoys serving the geriatric community.  In 2012, Dr. Raisor-Becker began leading the Language and Literacy Enrichment Group (LLEG) at the University of Cincinnati.  This clinical program serves preschool children with speech and language delays by offering a small group environment that encourages vocabulary, social skills, and general language/literacy development.  She teaches numerous courses at UC, including undergraduate courses in Anatomy and Physiology and Clinical Process of Intervention. In addition to these courses, Dr. Raisor-Becker teaches the Preschool and School-Aged Language Courses to distance learning graduate students.   She also has co-taught several doctoral seminars. 
Dr. Raisor-Becker’s research interests include dynamic and curriculum-based assessment of language and literacy skills in preschool and school-aged children.  For the past 5 years, she has been conducting research on a curriculum-based screening tool for use in Response-to-Intervention programs in schools.  She also leads research in the area of dialogic book reading in the Language and Literacy Enrichment Group.  This purpose of this research is to examine the best methods and tools to elicit language-rich interactions with at-risk preschool children.   
Dr. Raisor-Becker has presented her research findings in regards to phonological awareness intervention approaches, supervision techniques, online-teaching , and curriculum-based assessment/RtI at the local, state, and national level.

Research Support

Investigators:Raisor-Becker, L., Creaghead, N., Washington, K., & Combs, S. 2013 -2014 Department of Education Leadership

Investigators:Prendeville, J.A., & Creaghead, N.A. 10-2007 United States Department of Education Leadership Grant Leadership in Language and Literacy Through School/Community Engagement Completed

Investigators:Raisor, L.J., & Creaghead, N.A. 02-2003 United States Department of Education A Comparison of Phonological Awareness Intervention Approaches, Student Initiated Project 20,000. Completed Type:Grant

Investigators:Raisor, L.J. 02-2002 University of Cincinnati Summer Research Fellowship Phonological Awareness in the Classroom 2,000. Completed Type:Fellowship

Investigators:Raisor-Becker, L. The Effects of a Canine Visitor on Children's Engagement and Speech Acts in a Preschool Classroom Role:PI

Grant: #H325D160007 Investigators:Becker, Lesley; Combs, Sandra; Creaghead, Nancy; Hobek, Amy; Washington, Karla 09-01-2016 -08-31-2021 Department of Education Preparation of Leadership Personnel in Language and Literacy Role:Collaborator $250,000.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #H325K190069 Investigators:Becker, Lesley; Boone, Xan; Kennedy, Kelly; Redle, Erin 11-01-2019 -10-31-2024 Department of Education Preparing Early Intervention Providers for the Opioid Epidemic (PEPOpE) Role:Collaborator $249,198.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Schmidlin, S., & Raisor-Becker, L. (2014. )Using reflective practice in supervision/mentoring .HEARSAY: Journal of the Ohio-Speech-Language-Hearing Association, ,4 (1 ),4

Lieberman, R., Raisor-Becker, L., Sotto, C., Redle, E. (2018. )Investigation of Graduate Student Stress in Speech Language Pathology .Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders, ,2 (2 ),

Lazewnik, Rochel & A. Creaghead, Nancy & Breit Smith, Allison & Prendeville, Jo-Anne & Raisor-Becker, Lesley & Silbert, Noah (2018. )Identifiers of Language Impairment for Spanish–English Dual Language Learners .Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, ,50 (1 ),

F. Rivera Pérez, Jean & A. Creaghead, Nancy & Washington, Karla & Guo, Ying & Raisor-Becker, Lesley & Combs, Sandra (2019. )Using Audio Prompting to Assist Monolingual Speech-Language Pathologists to Teach English–Spanish Vocabulary to English Learners.Communication Disorders Quarterly, ,

Wright Karem, Rachel & Washington, Karla & Crowe, Kathryn & Jenkins, Alyssa & Leon, Michelle & Kokotek, Leslie & Raisor-Becker, Lesley & Westby, Carol (2019. )Current Methods of Evaluating the Language Abilities of Multilingual Preschoolers: A Scoping Review Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health–Children and Youth Version. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, ,50 ,1

Invited Publications

Elledge, D., Hasselbeck, E., Hobek. A., Combs, S. G., Raisor-Becker, L. J., Creaghead, N. A. (2010. )Perspectives on preparing graduate students to provide educationally relevant services in schools. .Perspectives On School Based Issues , 11, (2, ),40.

Lazewnik, R., Combs, S. G., Raisor-Becker, L. J., Creaghead, N. A. (2010. )Perspectives on preparing graduate students to provide services to diverse populations in schools. .Perspectives On School Based Issues, 11, ((2), ),33.

Other Publications

Creaghead, N. A., Combs, S. G., Becker, L. J., Sickman, L. A. (2008. )Empowering Teachers of Children from Low-Income Homes .www.speechpathology.com,

Presentations

Invited Presentations

Rivera-Campos, A., Rivera, J.F., Hobek, A., Washington, K., Raisor-Becker, L.J., Combs, S.G., Creaghead, N.A. (03-15-2013. )Current Research on Language and Literacy Development in Children .Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association, Columbus, OH.

Schmidlin, Sue, L. & Raisor-Becker, Lesley (03-15-2013. )Using Reflective Practices in Supervision .Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association Conference, Columbus, OH.

Boyce, S., Busch, J., Combs, S., Creaghead, N., Hobek, A., Raisor-Becker, L., Rivera-Campos, A., Rivera-Perez, J., Speights, M., & Washington, K. (03-2013. )Current research on language and literacy development in children .International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics Conference; Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association Confernece, Turin, Italy; Columbus, OH.

Lazewnik, R., Creaghead, N. Briet-Smith, A., Cahill, L., Raisor, L., & Prendeville, J. (11-15-2012. )Identifiers of Bilingual Spanish-English Speaking Children with Language Impairments .American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA.

Lazewnik, R., Creaghead, N. Briet-Smith, A., Cahill, L., Raisor, L., & Prendeville, J. (11-15-2012. )Comparison of Standardized Language Assessments for Bilingual Spanish-English Speaking Children .American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA.

Combs, S.G., Creaghead, N.A., Raisor-Becker, L.J. (07-25-2012. )Developing community partnerships: Building collaborative teams, supporting professional development, conducting research .Office of Special Education Programs- Project Directors' Conference, Washington D.C..

Combs, S.G., Raisor-Becker, L.J., Creaghead, N.A. (07-24-2012. )Building leaders: Weaving research, teaching, and community partnerships together .Office of Special Education Programs- Project Directors' Conference,

Creaghead, N.A., Sickman, L.S., Combs, S., & Raisor, L.J. (09-19-2007. )Empowering Teachers in Head Start Classrooms .Speechpathology.com,

Prendeville, J., Sotto, C., Creaghead, N., Raisor, L.J., Rozier, H., Sickman, L., Smith, A., & Wakefield, L. (07-13-2003. )Naturalistic Emergent Literacy Intervention: A Head Start Case Study .The American Speech-Language Hearing Association Annual Conference for Speech-Language Pathologists in Schools, Anaheim, CA.

Raisor, L.J., Wakefield, L., & Blackwell, P. (2002. )Identifying Young Children with Language Impairments .American Speech-Language Hearing Association Annual Conference for Speech-Language Pathologists in Schools, Nashville, TN.

Raisor, L.J. (2002. )Speech and Language Disorders: Ideas for the Classroom .Annual Early Childhood Learning Institute, University of Cincinnati.

Sotto, C.D. & Raisor-Becker, L. Handling Changing Times: Examining 'Generation Me' Expectations Against Our Own .The Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Columbus, OH.

Raisor, L. J. (08-19-2017. )The Effects of Prenatal Drug and Alcohol Exposure on Development .Marion County Board of Education, West Virginia. Conference. .Level:Local

Raisor-Becker, L. J. (02-17-2016. )Contextualized Language Assessment and Intervention in the Preschool Years .Kentucky Speech Language and Hearing Association, Lexington, KY. Level:State

Raisor-Becker, L. (2018. )The Effects of Prenatal Drug and Alcohol Exposure .Kentucky Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, Lexington, KY. Conference. .Level:Regional

Raisor-Becker, L. (2018. )Authentic Executive FUnction Assessment. West Virginia Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, West Virginia. Level:Regional

Raisor-Becker, L. (2018. )The Effects of Prenatal Drug and Alcohol Exposure .West Virginia Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, West Virginia. Level:Regional

Raisor-Becker, L. (2018. )Evidence Based SOcial SKill INtervention for Preschoolers .Kentucky Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, Lexington, KY. Level:Regional

Raisor-Becker, L. (2018. )No fault of their own: Serving preschool-aged children exposed to drugs prenatally .McCulloh Therapeutic Solutions, Greenville, SC. Level:Regional

Raisor-Becker, L. (2018. )The Effects of Prenatal Drug and Alcohol Exposure .Maine Speech Language and Hearing Association, Bancor, Maine. Level:Regional

Raisor-Becker, L. (2019. )Curriculum Based Assessment: Connecting Assessment to the Classroom .Illinois Speech Language and Hearing Association , Illinois. Level:Regional

Raisor-Becker, L. (2019. )Behavior 101: Managing Difficult Behaviors with Trauma-Informed Practices .Illinois Speech Language and Hearing Association , Illinois. Level:Regional

Raisor-Becker, L. (2019. )Strategies for SLPs Working with Children who have Challenging Behaviors .Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Level:Local

Raisor-Becker, L. (2019. )The Effects of Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure on Speech and Language Development .Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire, Concord, NH. Level:Regional

Raisor-Becker, L. (2019. )Mindfulness and Living Well .CAHS Supervisory Conference, Cincinnati, OH. Level:University

Poster Presentations

Lazewnik, R., Creaghead N., Prendeville, J., Raisor-Becker, L., Breit-Smith, A. (11-2013. )Language Assessment of Bilingual Spanish-English Preschoolers in the United States .American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, Chicago, IL. .

Raisor-Becker, L., Hasselbeck, E., Combs, S., & Hobek, A. (11-18-2010. )Enhancing parental involvement in preschool: A dialogic book reading program .The American Speech Language and Hearing Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA. .

Forelich, L., Raisor-Becker, L., Hayes, D., Creaghead, N., Holzhauer-Peters, L., & Prendeville, J.A. (11-18-2010. )American Speech and Hearing Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA. .

Raisor, L.J. (11-19-2005. )A Comparison of Phonological Awareness Intervention Approaches .The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA. .

Raisor, L.J., & Wakefield, L. (07-13-2003. )Naturalistic Emergent Literacy Intervention: A Head Start Case Study .The American Speech-Language Hearing Association Annual Conference for Speech-Language Pathologists in Schools, Anaheim, CA. .

Raisor, L.J., & Wakefield, L. (03-08-2003. )Naturalistic Emergent Literacy Intervention: A Head Start Case Study .The Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association Annual Convention, Columbus, OH. .

Raisor, L.J. (03-07-2003. )Student Perspectives of Doctoral Education in Communication Disosrders .The University of Cincinnati Annual Graduate Poster Forum, Cincinnati, OH. .

Raisor, L.J. (11-22-2002. )Student Perspectives of Doctoral Education in Communication Disosrders .The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA. .

Raisor, L.J., Wakefield, L., & Blackwell, P. (07-14-2002. )Metalinguistic Awareness in Preschoolers: Word Knowledge and Emergent Literacy .The American Speech Language and Hearing Association Annual Convention for Speech-Language Pathologists in the Schools, Nashville, TN. .

Paper Presentations

Washington, K., & Raisor-Becker, L. (03-2014. )Pediatric Speech-Language Practice and Outcomes in Monolingual and Multilingual Children .Columbus, OH.

Raisor-Becker, L., Clineman, D., Lazewnik, R., & Speights, M. (11-18-2011. )Evidence-Based Strategies for Effective Online Instruction .San Diego, CA.

Raisor-Becker, & L., Sotto, C. (11-17-2011. )Handling Changing Times: Examining 'Generation Me' Expectations Against Our Own .San Diego, CA.

Hobek, A., Raisor-Becker, L., Hayes, D., Creaghead, N., Holzhauer-Peters, L., & Prendeville, J.A. (11-19-2010. )Philadelphia, PA.

Froelich, L., Hayes, D., Elledge, D., Raisor-Becker, L., & Holzhauer-Peters, L. (11-18-2010. )Cirriculum-based language assessment for intervention planning .Philadelphia, PA.

Raisor-Becker, L.J., & Johnson, H.B. (11-19-2009. )Creating Writing Picassos: Using Visual Arts in Writing Interventions .New Orleans, LA.

Raisor-Becker, L.J., Hobek, A., Combs, S.G., & Creaghead, N.A. (11-19-2009. )Encouraging Preschool Teachers to Create Language-Rich Interactions in Storybook Reading .New Orleans, LA.

Combs, S.G., Hobek, A., Raisor-Becker, L.J., & Creaghead, N.A. (11-20-2008. )Collaborating with Preschool Teachers to Create Language and Literacy-Rich Classrooms .Chicago, IL.

Raisor, L.J., & Yeager, C. (03-2007. )Phonological Awareness Interventions .Columbus, OH.

Raisor, L.J., & Sickman, L. (11-17-2006. )Bridging the Gap: SLPs as Consultants in the Preschool Classroom .Miami, OH.

Raisor, L.J., Creaghead, N.A. Yeager, C. (11-16-2006. )Beginning the Bridge to Literacy: Preschool Phonological Awareness Intervention Strategies .Miami, OH.

Combs, S., Hobek, A., Raisor, L.J., Sickman, L., & Creaghead, N.A. (03-10-2006. )Summer Language Enrichment: SLPs and Teachers Creating Literacy Rich Classrooms .Columbus, OH.

Combs, S., Hobek, A., Raisor, L.J., Sickman, L., & Creaghead, N.A. (11-18-2005. )Summer Language Enrichment: SLPs and Teachers Creating Literacy Rich Classrooms .San Diego, CA.

Creaghead, N., Prendeville, J., Sotto, C., Raisor, L.J., Sickman, L., Smith, A., & Wakefield, L. (03-2005. )Preparing SLPs for Doctoral Leadership Roles in Language and Literacy .Columbus, OH.

Hobek, A., Combs, S., Raisor, L.J., & Walker, M. (11-18-2004. )Taking Themes to Extremes: Using Stories Across the Curriculum .Philadelphia, PA.

Creaghead, N., Prendeville, J., Sotto, C., Raisor, L.J., Rozier, H., Sickman, L., Smith, A. & Wakefield, L. (11-2004. )Preparing SLPs for Doctoral Leadership Roles in Language and Literacy .Philadelphia, PA.

Raisor-Becker, L. (2018. )Strategies for SLPs Working with Children who have Challenging Behaviors .Boston, MA. Conference. Level:National

Raisor-Becker, L., Creaghead, N., Cuervo, S., Leon, M., Ciesieslki, E., Prather, L. (2018. )Research to Support Children who are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse in Language and Literacy .Boston, MA. Conference. Level:National

Student Advising

Lynne Christofaris (Doctoral )Advisor

Katherine Cummins (Master )Advisor 2014

Jamie Busch Advisor

Jean Franco Rivera Advisor

Ahmed Rivera Advisor

Jenny Burton Advisor

Emily Greive (Undergrad )2014

Service

(LLEG Program )Type:Departmental Service Level:Department

(SSEG program )Type:Departmental Service Level:Department

Type:Departmental Service Level:Department

(Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders: Strategic Planning Committee )2010 -To Present

(Scholarship Committee )2009 -To Present

(Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools )Reviewer 03-2008

(Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools ) Reviewer 11-2006

(American Speech, Language and Hearing Association National Convention Program Committee--Language and Learning in School-Aged Children and Adolescents )Reviewer 05-2009

Warren County Children's Services (Foster/Adoptive Parent )

Crossroads Community (Service to the church )

(Mid-Collegiate Experience )Type:Departmental Service Level:College

(Head Start )Type:Departmental Service Level:Department

Post Graduate Training and Education

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Courses Taught

Cinical Practicum in Speech/Language Pathology

Anatomy & Physiology of Voice and Speech Production

Honors Work in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Language Disorders in Early Childhood

Clinical Process II: Professional Issues & Intervention

Language Disorders in Later Childhood

Contact Information

Academic - University of Cincinnati
3225 Eden Ave.
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45267-0379
Phone: 513-558-1938
Fax: 513-558-8501
raisorlj@ucmail.uc.edu