Faculty and Staff

Betty Kollia

Professor • Department of Speech and Language Pathology Depar

Betty Kollia, PhD, CCC-SLP is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at William Paterson University. She has been faculty in higher education and a licensed Speech Language Pathologist for more than 25 years.

Dr. Kollia’s expertise is in speech, language, and cognitive processes and disorders due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, and autism, among other causes. She is involved in interprofessional teaching and research activities to inform the field of communication sciences and disorders. She has presented her diverse work at regional, national, and international conferences, and includes students in her research. Dr. Kollia has mentored over a hundred students in their Master’s theses and research studies, has guided independent research projects, as well as undergraduate and doctoral research.

Dr. Kollia’s integrative research has produced peer-reviewed publications with colleagues from Special Education, Public Health, Psychology, Nursing, and Kinesiology. She has been a longtime contributor to William Paterson University’s annual Bilingual-ESL Conference on intersections of bilingualism and communication sciences and disorders. Dr. Kollia is a regular reviewer for scholarly manuscripts and textbooks, has chaired WPU’s Institutional Review Board, and directed the Center for Research of the College of Science and Health for several years.

Dr. Kollia has been training students in clinical practice (diagnosis and treatment) spanning various communication disorders with emphasis on the whole person. She is a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and a member of the NJ Speech-Language-Hearing Association, its Higher Education Committee, and currently chair of its Multicultural Committee. Dr. Kollia is a member of the Speech Language Pathology Advisory Board of the Adler Aphasia Center, a non-profit NJ organization dedicated to helping people with aphasia.

Dr. Kollia has been recognized by William Paterson University with the “Women of Vision Award” as well as with the “Excellence in Teaching” award.

Professional Interests

Speech, language, and cognitive processes, acquired language and cognitive disorders, bilingualism, interdisciplinary collaborations, and interprofessional education and practice (IPE/IPP)


PhD Speech and Hearing Sciences, City University of New York New York, NY


Acquired Language and Cognitive Disorders, Speech Sound Disorders, Bilingualism

Licenses and Certifications

Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology, American Speech Language Hearing Association National

Licensed Speech Language Pathologist, State of New Jersey State

Representative Publications

Concussion Knowledge, Beliefs, and Behaviors among University Students: Implications for Faculty and Staff; , Journal of Public Health; 2021

Assessment of Interprofessional Competencies among Graduate Students in Nursing, Communication Disorders, and Exercise Science in the US; 2018

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Communication Disorders: Influences of Advanced Parental Age and Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology; , Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders ; 2017

The Relationship between Physical Activity and Depressive Symptoms in Healthy Older Women; , Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine; 2016

Testing the limits of language production in long-term survivors of major stroke: A psycholinguistic and anatomic study; Aphasiology; Volume 24, Issue 11 2010

Notable Courses Taught

Graduate: Acquired Language Disorders, Acquired Cognitive Disorders, Dementia, Speech Sound Disorders, Speech Science, Research Seminar, Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders, Diagnostic and Clinical Practica

Undergraduate: Phonetics, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Senior Seminar

Suite 248 University Hall

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