Paula M. Rhyner, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BRS-CL, ASHA Fellow

CHS Interim Dean, Professor

[Image] Paula M. Rhyner

Enderis Hall, Room 898A
Phone: (414) 229-5663
Lab Phone: (414) 229-1196
Fax: (414) 229-2206
prhyner@uwm.edu

Department

Office of the Dean, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Education

  • Ph.D., Speech Pathology, Kent State University, 1984
  • M.A., Speech Pathology, Kent State University, 1977
  • B.S., Speech Pathology, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 1976


Speaker Topics

  • Language and Emergent Literacy
  • Adult-Child Communicative Interactions
  • Language Assessment and Intervention with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool Children
  • Cultural Considerations in Child Language Assessment
  • Health Literacy and Speech-language Pathology

Interests & Expertise

Dr. Rhyner's research focuses on the effectiveness of various strategies in facilitating language learning in young children with language impairments. Her recent research has examined communicative interactions between adults (parents, teachers, childcare providers) and toddler- and preschool-age children, emphasizing the adults' use of communication strategies that positively and negatively affect language development in young children during activities such as joint book reading. The findings of her research on the communicative interactions of toddlers and preschool children with their teachers and child caregivers provide much-needed information on the nature of the communicative interactions during various activities (such as free-play, group circle time, and book reading) and point to the need for collaborating with teachers and child caregivers to ensure that preschool and childcare settings foster language learning in young children. She also has investigated factors that influence the measurement of receptive and expressive language skills in children and the effectiveness of language screening and assessment approaches with children from culturally diverse populations. Her research in this area has illustrated the limitations in the use of language screening tests in identifying African American kindergarten children in need of a comprehensive language assessment. The findings point to the need to develop language screening tests and assessments that are sensitive to differences in the language of children from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Dr. Rhyner's involvement in various interdisciplinary efforts that address the service delivery needs of young children with disabilities and their families has resulted in the funding of major grant projects funded by the Helen Bader Foundation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP) to develop an integrated database system for children with disabilities from birth to three years of age in Milwaukee County. Her collaborations on development of the database system have led to studies in the area of health literacy, particularly with regard to serving children and families in early intervention.


Recent Publications

Rhyner, P. M., Guenther, K. L., Pizur-Barnekow, K., Cashin, S. E., & Chavie, A.L. (2013). Child caregivers’ contingent responsiveness behaviors during interactions with toddlers within three day care contexts. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 34(4), 232-241.

Rhyner, P. M., Guenther, K. L., Pizur-Barnekow, K., Cashin, S. E., & Chavie, A. L. (2012). Child Caregivers’ Contingent Responsiveness Behaviors During Interactions with Toddlers within Three Day Care Contexts. Communication Disorders Quarterly, November 27 [Epub ahead of print].

Pizur-Barnekow, K., Rhyner, P. M., Doering, J., & Patrick, T. (2011). An interdisciplinary approach to health literacy for education, research, and practice in early childhood intervention. Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, 18(2), 62-67.

Rhyner, P. M. (2011), Guest Editor. Perspectives on Language Learning and Education. Publication of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Special Interest Group 1: Language Learning and Education.

Pizur-Barnekow, K., Patrick, T., Rhyner, P., Cashin, S., & Reentmester, A. (2010). An investigation of the readability of early intervention program literature. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 3(1), 58-64. DOI: 10.1177/0271121410387676

Pizur-Barnekow, K., Patrick, T., Rhyner, P., Folk, L., & Anderson, K. (2010). Readability levels of Individualized Family Service Plans. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 30(3), 248-258.

Pizur-Barnekow, K., Rhyner, P., & Lund S. (2010). The Pipeline Training Program in maternal and child health: Interdisciplinary preparation of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 14(3), 422-429.

Pizur-Barnekow, K., Doering, J., Cashin, S., Patrick, T., & Rhyner, P. M. (2010). Functional health literacy and mental health in urban and rural mothers of children enrolled in early intervention programs. Infants & Young Children, 23(1), 42-51.

Rhyner, P. M., Haebig, E. K., & West, K. M. (2009). Understanding Frameworks for the Emergent Literacy Stage. In P. M. Rhyner, (Ed.), Emergent Literacy and Language Development: Promoting Learning in Early Childhood (pp. 5-35). New York: Guilford Press.

Rhyner, P. M., (Ed.). (2009). Emergent literacy and language development: Promoting learning in early childhood. New York: Guilford Press.

Patrick, T., Rhyner, P., Smith, C., & Swain, D. Issues in the Transformation of Health and Medical Information. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (2008), Volume 45, Issue 1, People Transforming Information–Information Transforming People.  ISBN: 0-87715-540-2 ISSN: 0044-7870. pp. 1145 - 1150.

Patrick, T. B., Beno, B. M., Bambrick, L. K., & Rhyner, P. M. (2008). Building an Ontology for Birth to 3 Developmental Disability Services. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Health Care. Ed. By Emmett D. pp. 124-125.

Rhyner, P. M. (2007). An analysis of child caregivers’ language during book sharing with toddler-age children. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 28(3), 167-178.

Wu, M., Rhyner, P. M., Thao, C., Kraniak, L., Cronk, C., & Cruise, K. (2007). A tablet-pc application for the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). Journal of Medical Systems, 31(6), 537-541.


Presentations

Pizur-Barnekow, K., Rhyner, P. M., & Darragh, A. (2012, December). Health Literacy: Application to Early Intervention and Early Childhood Practice. Poster presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities 2012 Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Pizur-Barnekow, K., Rhyner, P. M., & Darragh, A. (2012, December). Health Literacy: Application to Early Intervention and Early Childhood Practice. Poster presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities 2012 Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Rhyner, P. M., Mooney, B-E, Pitlik, R., & Stein, K. (2010 November). Methodology in Adult-Child Interaction Research: Comparisons and Clinical Implications. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Rentmeester, A. M., Rhyner, P. M., Patrick, T. B., & Pizur-Barnekow, K. (2010 November). Readability of Program Literature Provided to Birth to 3 Families. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Olsson, K., Lynett, K. Rhyner, P. M., Patrick, T. B., & Marek, A. (2010 November). Increasing Referrals in Early Intervention: Building a Web-based System.Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Pizur-Barnekow, K., Rhyner, P. M., & Patrick, T. (2010 October). Readability of Early Intervention Program Literature. Poster session presented at the Health Literacy Annual Research Convention, Bethesda, MD.

Rhyner, P. M., Bambrick, L. K., Cashin, S. (2010 April). Mothers’ Language Use During Book-Sharing with Children Who are D/HH. Poster session presented at the Spring 2010 annual College of Health Sciences Research Symposium

Rhyner, P. M., Patrick, T. P., Cronk, C. (2010 September). The Starting Strong Birth to Three Referral Tool. Poster session at the Community Engagement for Health Conference 2010 of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Milwaukee, WI.

Bambrick, L., Rhyner, P., & Cashin, S. (2009 November). Mothers' Language Use During Book-Sharing with Children Who are D/HH. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Rhyner, P. M., Flanagan, S., Pizur-Barnekow, K., & Patrick, T. (2009 November). Readability Formulas: Application to Health Care. Poster Session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, New Orleans, LA. (peer reviewed)

Pizur-Barnekow, K., Anderson, K., Rhyner, P., & Patrick, T. (2009 October). An investigation of the readability of Individual Family Service Plan. Poster session presented at the Division for Early Childhood 25th International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families, Albuquerque, NM. (peer reviewed) *Identified as a “hot topic” in the conference program.

Rhyner, P. M., Coufal, K. L., Flahive, L., Moore, S., Waltzman, D. L., & Scott, K., R. (2008 November). Clinical Specialty Recognition: What’s in it for Me? Session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL. Presented 11/09. (invited)

Rhyner, P. M., Coufal, K. L., Flahive, L., Moore, S., Waltzman, D. L., & Scott, K., R. (2008 November). Specialty Recognition in Child Language: Developing Your Application Portfolio. Session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL. (peer reviewed)

Bambrick, L., Rhyner, P., & Patrick, T. (2008 November). Barriers and Bridges in Building Partnerships: Birth-3 Information Sharing. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL. (peer reviewed)

Beno, B., Rhyner, P. M., & Patirck, T. (2008 November). Communication & Information Sharing in Birth to Three Services. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL. (peer reviewed)

DuPont, J., & Rhyner, P. M. (2008 November). Teacher Contingent Responsiveness with Deaf/Hard of Hearing Toddlers. Poster session presented at to the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL. (peer reviewed)

Rhyner, P. M., Coufal, K. L., Flahive, L., Moore, S., Waltzman, D. L., & Scott, K., R. (2008 November). Clinical Specialty Recognition: What’s in it for Me? Session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL. (invited)

Rhyner, P. M., Coufal, K. L., Flahive, L., Moore, S., Waltzman, D. L., & Scott, K., R. (2008 November). Specialty Recognition in Child Language: Developing Your Application Portfolio. Session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL. (peer reviewed)

Patrick, T. B., Beno, B. M., Bambrick, L. K., & Rhyner P. M. (2008 October). Building an Ontology for Birth to 3 Developmental Disability Services. Presentation at the Fifth International Conference on Health Care Systems, Milwaukee, WI. (invited)

Patrick, T., Rhyner, P., Smith, C., & Swain D.  (2008 October). Issues in the transformation of health and medical information. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology: People Transforming Information-Information Transforming People. Panel presentation at the at the annual meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology - Joining Research and Practice: Social Computing and Information Science, Columbus, OH. (peer reviewed)

Rhyner, P. M., Pizur-Barnekow, K., Lund, S. K., & Arnold, K. (2007, November). Supporting Early Literacy through Interdisciplinary Student Preparation in Maternal & Child Health. Poster session presentation submitted to the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Boston, MA. (refereed, national, presentation).

Rhyner, P. M., Coufal, K. L., Flahive, L., Moore, S., Waltzman, D. L., & Scott, K., R. (2007, November). Clinical Specialty Recognition: What’s in it for Me? Session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Miami, FL. (invited, national, presentation).

Rhyner, P. M., Coufal, K. L., Flahive, L., Moore, S., Waltzman, D. L., & Scott, K., R. (2007, November). Developing Your Application Portfolio for Specialty Recognition in Child Language. Session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Miami, FL. (invited, national, presentation).

McClyman, K., Patrick, T., & Rhyner, P. (2007, November). ECIDS: Standardizing the Data for Birth to 3 Programs. Poster session presented at American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium, Chicago, IL. (refereed, national, poster)

Patrick, T., Rhyner, P., & McClyman, K. (2007, October). Knowledge Sharing: How a Communication Map Can Support a Social Network of Health Data. Panel presentation presented at American Society for Information Sciences & Technology, Milwaukee, WI. (refereed, national, panel)

Smith, C., Patrick, T. B., Rhyner, P. M., Swain, D., & Davolio, L. (2007 October). Current Issues in the Distribution of Health and Medical Information. Panel presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology - Joining Research and Practice: Social Computing and Information Science, Milwaukee, WI. (refereed, national, presentation).


Recent Funded Grants

UW-Milwaukee MCH Interdisciplinary Pipeline Training Initiative (2011 June-2016 May). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Taylor de Oliviera, L., & Moerchen, V. (Co-Directors).

Rhyner, P.M. & Patrick, T.B. (2007 July 1 - 2010 December 31). Early Childhood Integrated Database System (ECIDS): Implementation and Evaluation. Proposal submitted to the Medical College of Wisconsin Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program.

Rhyner, P., Lund, S., & Moerchen, V. (2006 June - 2011 May). The UW-Milwaukee Pipeline Training Initiative for Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Students. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Rhyner, P.M., & Wu, M. (2004 September- M 2006). Proposal to Develop a Comprehensive, Integrated Database for Milwaukee County for Children with Developmental Disabilities. Helen Bader Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.

Rhyner, P. M. (2005 August- 2006 May). Developing and Implementing a Model for Collaboration Between the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Center for Independence. Milwaukee Center for Independence, Milwaukee, WI.

Rhyner, P.M., and Wu, M. (2005 March-2006 May). System Planning for an Integrated Database for Children with Developmental Disabilities. Medical College of Wisconsin Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program.


Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2011-present).
  • Dean’s Research Award. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences (2010 May).
  • Rhyner, P.M. (2007). An analysis of child caregivers’ language during book sharing with toddler-age children. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 28, 167-178. Ranked 6th among the top 10 CDQ articles accessed online January 2008-September 2008.
  • Award for Continuing Education (ACE). American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (2007 November - 2010 November).
  • Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language (February 2002-2008; renewed for February 2008-2014). Awarded by the Specialty Board on Child Language, approved by the Council for Clinical Specialty Recognition of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • Wisconsin Speech-Language-Hearing Association Honors of the Association (2005).
  • Dean’s Research Award. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences (2000 May).

Current and Previous Activities

Editorial Boards
  • Member, Editorial Board, Communication Disorders Quarterly (2001-present)
  • Associate Editor, Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (2000 November-2004 February)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (1989-2000)
  • Editor, Newsletter for the Language Learning and Education Special Interest Division (Division 1) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (1999-2000)
  • Associate Editor, Newsletter for the Language Learning and Education Special Interest Division (Division 1) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (1998 August-1999 August)
  • Section Editor for Education, Communication Connection newsletter publication of the Wisconsin-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (1989-1998)
  • Invited Reviewer:
    Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools
    American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
    Topics in Language Disorders
    Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment