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Professor Mabel Rice

BA UNI, MA UNI, PhD Kansas.

Partner Investigator

Contact Details

Phone : +1 785 864 4570
Fax : +1 785 864 4571
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External Address

Department of Speech, Language and Hearing
The University of Kansas, USA

Recent Grants Awarded

  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (2011 - 2014) "Morphosyntactic abilities of SLI probands and families." Rice, M.L., et al. ($1,828,000)
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (2011 - 2015) "Pediatric HIV/Aids Cohort Study (PHACS)." Rice, M.L., et al. ($115,000)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Rice, M.L. (2009). How different is disordered language? In J. Colombo, P. McCardle, & L. Freund (Eds.), Infant Pathways to Language: Methods, Models and Research Disorders (pp. 65-82). London, UK: Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Rice, M.L. (2009). Language acquisition lessons from children with Specific Language Impairment: Revisiting the discovery of latent structures. In V.C.M. Gathercole (Ed.), Routes to Language: Studies in Honor of Melissa Bowerman (pp. 287-313). London, UK: Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Rice, M.L. (2016). Specific language impairment, nonverbal IQ, ADHD, ASD, cochlear implants, bilingualism and dialectal variants: Defining the boundaries, clarifying clinical conditions and sorting out causes. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 59, 122-132. doi:10.1044/2015_JSLHR-L-15-0255
  • Abel, A.D., Rice, M.L., & Bontempo, D.E. (2015). Effects of verb familiarity on finiteness marking in children with specific language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 58, 360-372. doi:10.1044/2015_JSLHR-L-14-0003
  • Himes, S.K., Huo, Y.M.S., Siberry, G.K., Williams, P.L., Rice, M.L., Sirois, P.A., Frederick, T., Hazra, R., & Huestis, M.A. (2015). Meconium atazanavir concentrations and early language outcomes in HIV-exposed uninfected infants with prenatal atazanavir exposure. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 69(2), 178-186. doi:10.1097/QAI.0000000000000558
  • Rice, M.L., & Hoffman, L. (2015). Predicting vocabulary growth in children with and without specific language impairment: A longitudinal study from 2;6 to 21 years of age. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 58, 345-359. doi:10.1044/2015_JSLHR-L-14-0150
  • Ash, A.C., Rice, M.L., & Redmond, S.M. (2014). Effect of language context on ratings of shy and unsociable behaviors in English language learner children. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 45, 52-66. doi:10.1044/2013_LSHSS-13-0020
  • Rice, M.L. (2014). Advocating for SLI. Commentary on Bishop, D.V.M., 2014, Ten questions about terminology for children with unexplained language problems. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 49, 381-415. doi:10.1111/1460-6984.12101
  • Rice, M.L., Zubrick, S.R., Taylor , C.L., GayŠn, J., & Bontempo, D.E. (2014). Late language emergence in 24 month twins: Heritable and increased risk for LLE in twins. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57(3), 917-928. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2013/12-0350)
  • Bennett, K., Manassis, K., Walter, S.D., Cheung, A., Wilansky-Traynor, P., Diaz-Granados, N., Duda, S., Rice, M., Baer, S., Barrett, P.,Bodden D., Cobham, V., Dadds., M.R., Flannery-Schroder, E., Ginsburg, G., Heyne, D., Hudson, J.L., et al. (2013). Cognitive behavioral therapy age effects in child and adolescent anxiety: An individual patient data metaanalysis. Depression and Anxiety, 30(9), 829-841. doi:10.1002/da.22099
  • Rice, M.L. (2013). Language growth and genetics of specific language impairment. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15(3), 223-233. doi:10.3109/17549507.2013.783113
  • Rice, M.L., Zeldow, B., Siberry, G.K., Purswani, M., Malee, K., Hoffman, H.J., Frederick, T., Buchanan, A., Sirois, P.A., Allison, S.M., & Williams, P.L. (2013). Evaluation of risk for late language emergence after in utero antiretroviral drug exposure in HIV-exposed uninfected infants. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 32(10), e406-e413. doi:10.1097/INF.0b013e31829b80ee
  • Hoffman, L., Templin, J., & Rice, M.L. (2012). Linking outcomes from Peabody picture vocabulary test forms using item response models. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55, 754-763. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2011/10-0216)
  • Hoover, J.R., Storkel, H.L., & Rice, M.L. (2012). The interface between neighborhood density and optional infinitives: normal development and Specific Language Impairment. Journal of Child Language, 39(4), 835-862. doi:10.1017/S0305000911000365
  • Rice, M.L. (2012). Toward epigenetic and gene regulation models of specific language impairment: looking for links among growth, genes, and impairments. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 4(1), 27. doi:10.1186/1866-1955-4-27
  • Rice, M.L., & Blossom, M. (2012). What do children with specific language impairment do with multiple forms of DO? Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56, 222-235. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2012/11-0107)
  • Rice, M.L., Buchanan, A.L., Siberry, G.K., Malee, K.M., Zeldow, B., Frederick, T., Purswani, M.U., Hoffman, H.J., Sirois, P.A., Smith, R., Torre, P.3rd., Allison, S.M., & Williams, P.L. (2012). Language impairment in children perinatally infected with HIV compared to children who were HIV-exposed and uninfected. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 33(2), 112-123. [Link]
  • Sterling, A.M., Rice, M.L., & Warren, S.F. (2012). Finiteness marking in boys with fragile X syndrome. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55(6), 1704-1715. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2012/10-0106)
  • Torre, P.3rd., Zeldow, B., Hoffman, H.J., Buchanan, A., Siberry, G.K., Rice, M., Sirois, P.A., & Williams, P.L. (2012). Hearing loss in perinatally HIV-infected and HIV-exposed but uninfected children and adolescents. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 31(8), 835-841. doi:10.1097/INF.0b013e31825b9524

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Rice, M. (2017, November). TNS/AGR markers and other speech and language phenotypes: New twin heritability estimates at 4, 6 and 16 years. Keynote paper presented at the CCD Annual Workshop, Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens.
  • Rice, M. (2013, November). Growth signalling disruption model of SLI: A new look at maturation. Keynote paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Sydney.
  • Rice, M. (2013, July). Linguistic growth patterns of children with specific language impairment: Implications for etiological mechanisms. Paper presented at the Innovations in the Study of Language Acquisition and Language Impairment Symposium, 19th International Congress of Linguists (19ICL), Geneva, Switzerland.

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