Frances Burns, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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Frances Burns, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Chair of Speech-Language Pathology,
Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology

Office: LMEC 306
Phone: 843-661-1897

Frances Burns is an assistant professor of speech-language pathology and Chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina.  Dr. Burns received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Therapeutic Recreation.  She completed her master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an emphasis in Early Intervention.  She earned her doctorate in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with an emphasis in child language acquisition, child language disorders, and psycholinguists.  She went on to complete a Research Fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Burns is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist and has extensive experience practicing and teaching courses in communication sciences and disorders.  Child language acquisition and disorders, and Early Intervention are the primary focus for the courses she teaches.  She has authored manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, and she presents papers at conferences locally and nationally.

Dr. Burns has been invited to give workshops on distinguishing language difference from disorder, African American English, and Early Intervention both nationally and internationally for the last 13 years.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research:

Language acquisition and developmental language disorder, narrative development and pragmatics, multicultural issues and linguistic diversity, early intervention and routines-based intervention, autism spectrum disorder.


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vanderbilt University

Ph.D., Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts Amherst

M.S., Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.A., Therapeutic Recreation, University of North Carolina at Wilmington