Shameka Stewart


Associate Professor, Speech-Language Pathology


Contact Info

Van Bokkelen Hall, Room 019


Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Howard University
M.Ed., Communication Disorders, North Carolina Central University
B.S., Computer Science/Computer Information Systems, Shaw University

Areas of Expertise

Child Language Disorders
Juvenile Forensic Speech-Language Pathology
Complex Communication Needs

Selected Publications

  • Davis, A., & Stanford, S. N. (2021). Shifting the Mindset of Racism through Cognitive Learning Styles in Communication Sciences & Disorders. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing,15, 87- 89.
  • Stanford, S. N., & Davis, A. (2021). Still Sitting on the Back of the Bus: Black Communication Sciences and Disorders Academicians Surviving a System of Bias and Prejudice. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing,15, 95- 97.
  • Stanford, S. N. (2020). Combatting the School-to-Confinement Pipeline. ASHA Perspectives.
  • Stanford, S. N., & Harris, O. (2019). An Exploratory Study on the Benefits of AAC Classroom Integration Training for Special Educators who work with Children with Complex Communication Needs in the Bahamas. ASHA Perspectives.
  • Stanford, S. N. (2018). Understanding the disproportionate representation of minority youth in special education and the juvenile justice system: A fundamental discussion for the justice of minority youth. Howard League for Penal Reform Early Career Academics Network Bulletin, 36, 19-23.
  • Stanford , S. N., & Muhammad, B. (2018). Critical Race Theoretical Perspective on the Correlation between the school-to-prison pipeline and the prevalence of low SES-minority students of color with Language and Learning disorders in Special Education: A Silent Epidemic. American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law.


  • Primary research focuses on the Confluence and Impact of cognitive and communication disorders on the school-to-confinement pipeline, status offenses, involvement with the criminal justice system, law enforcement interaction, and criminal recidivism in youth placed at-risk for delinquency and crime (especially Black and Brown youth from under-resourced areas).

Certification and Licensure

  • ASHA Certified, Licensed in DC, MD, and multiple other states

Selected Presentations

  • Stanford, S., (2022). Decriminalizing Adolescent Aggressive Speech & Contempt of Cop
  • Stanford, S., (2022). I'm Social Justice "Woke", Now What: Transforming Your Awareness to Practice; Molloy College 2022 SLP Conference
  • Stanford, S., (2021). Embracing the Resiliency of Youth with Social Learning Differences Placed At-Risk for Involvement with the Confinement Pipeline,14th Annual Global Social Thinking Providers’ Conference
  • Stanford, S., (2021). How Parents Can Recognize and Break the Racial Barriers to Early Intervention, Assessment, and Treatment, Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group
  • Stanford, S., (2021). From Pen to Practice- Your Role in Combatting the School-to Confinement Pipeline, Butler University
  • Stanford, S., (2021). It Gets Real in the Field: CCD and Youth Justice, San Diego State University
  • Stanford, S., (2021). A Seat at the Table- Your Role in Combatting the School-to-Confinement Pipeline, University of Iowa
  • Stanford, S., (2021). A Seat at the Table- Your Clinical Role in Combatting the School-to-Confinement Pipeline, MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Stanford, S., (2021). A Seat at the Table- Your Role in Combatting the School-to-Confinement Pipeline, Iowa State University
  • Stanford, S., (2021). Communication Disorders and The School-to-Confinement Pipeline, Portland Public Schools
  • Stanford, S., (2020). Cognitive and Communication Disorders Juvenile Defender Training and Awareness CCJDTA© Program, Chapel Hill University School of Government


  • ASHA
  • MD Juvenile Justice SAG