D. Kimbrough Oller, Ph.D.

D. Kimbrough Oller, Ph.D.

Professor and Plough Chair of Excellence, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Phone
901.678.5800
Email
koller@memphis.edu
Fax
901.525.1282
Office
4055 N. Park Loop, Room 4023
Office Hours
By appointment

About Kim Oller

D. Kimbrough Oller, University of Memphis Professor and Plough Chair of Excellence since January 2002, studied at the University of California (Berkeley) and the University of Texas (Austin), where he completed the Ph.D. in Psycholinguistics (1971). His appointments include faculty at the University of Washington, Director of the Infant and Child Speech Laboratories and the Bilingualism Study Group at the University of Miami (1976-1997), and chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Maine (1997-2001). Since 2008, he is a permanent external faculty member of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (Klosterneuburg, Austria). Oller received funding from the National Institutes of Health and many other sources continuously since 1971, and published over 220 articles, four books and editor of two journal volumes. Currently, he is Vice President for Research and Academic Development for the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Oller was elected as a Fellow of American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2004, and since was awarded the Honors of the association. In 2011, one of Oller's scientific research articles was recognized by Autism Speaks as one of the top 10 achievements in autism. Moreover, Oller is a permanent member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the LENA Research Foundation of Boulder, Colorado. At the University of Memphis, he directs the Infant Vocalization Project and the Language Evolution Project.

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 1971, Psycholinguistics
  • B.A. University of California at Berkeley, 1968, Romance Languages

Experience

Honors and Awards

  • Award for distinguished contributions - Council for Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders - 2003
  • Elected as Fellow of ASHA - American Speech-Language Hearing Association - 2004
  • Elected as External Faculty Member - Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research - 2008-present
  • Member Scientific Advisory Board - LENA Foundation - 2005-present
  • Scientific article listed as one of the top 10 achievements in autism, 2010 - Autism Speaks - 2011

Research and Scholarly Activities

Research Interests

Infant vocal development, bilingualism, child phonology, evolution of language, early speech communication

Support

Vocal exploration and interaction in the emergence of speech - NIH, NIDCD DC011027 - 2.9 million - March 1, 2011-Feb. 28, 2016