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Associate Professor of Communication Disorders



  • Doctor of Philosophy: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX
  • Dissertation: Vowel Epenthesis in Initial Consonant Clusters by Persian Speakers of English


  • Master of Arts: University of Houston, Houston, TX
  • Major: Communication Disorders


  • Bachelor of Arts: Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
  • Major: Communication Disorders
  • Magna Cum Laude Graduate

Professional Credentials

  • Certified Member of ASHA     1992- Present
  • Arkansas State License         2014-Present
  • Member of Acoustical Society of America   2015-Present
  • Arkansas Speech and Hearing Association  2016-Present                   

Courses Taught


Introduction to Communication Disorders, Multicultural Issues, and Organic Communication Disorders


AAC, Research in Communication Disorders

Research Interests

L2 language and literacy acquisition of bilingual individuals

Acoustic characteristics of speech for bilinguals, monolinguals, and individuals with different disorders

The use of AAC by individuals of different ages with different disorders


Dr. Akbari joined the faculty of ASU in the fall of 2014. A Texas native, Dr. Akbari has over 30 years of clinical experience working mainly with the pediatric population in the school setting. In addition to her school-based SLP experience, she has served as a Clinical Supervisor, Case Manager, and an Assistive Technology Specialist. Dr. Akbari became affiliated with iCAN of Arkansas and has an AAC loaner program for parents and SLPs located in Arkansas. Dr. Akbari has also been associated with El Centro Hispano for several years. Students from her classes tutor children in the After-School Program which allows the children to get the needed one-on-one assistance with literacy skills and in turn allows the college students the opportunity to learn about second language learners. In her free time, Dr. Akbari loves being on her farm and taking care of her garden, goats, chickens, and bees!

Christina Akbari

Contact Information

P: 870-972-3106


Building: Donald R. Reynolds Center for Health Sciences
Room: 211C

Office Hours

M/W/F – 10:00 – 11:00

T/TH – 11:00 – 12:00

Or by appointment