D'Jaris Coles-White, PhD, CCC-SLP

D'Jaris  Coles-White, PhD, CCC-SLP

D'Jaris Coles-White, PhD, CCC-SLP

Title: Professor of Speech-Language Pathology
Office Location: 114G
E-mail: dcoleswhite@andrews.edu
Phone: (269) 471-3479


University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Doctorate Degree, 1998
Communication Disorders

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hil
Master of Science Degree, 1991
Speech-Language Pathology

Columbia College, South Carolina
Bachelor of Science Degree, 1980
Speech & Hearing Sciences


Dr. Coles-White is a professor of Speech-Language Pathology here at Andrews University. She obtained a B.S. in Speech & Hearing Sciences from Columbia College, South Carolina and a M.S. in Speech Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After earning her M.S., she continued on to earned her Ph.D. in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1998.

Dr. Coles-White has been in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders for over 20 years. She has worked with adults and children in a number of different clinical settings. However, she has spent the majority of her career in academics, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students. Her research and clinical interests include multicultural issues in communication disorders and the development of social language skills in children with autism spectrum disorders. She was involved in the initial research and pilot studies for the Diagnostic Evaluation of Language Variation (DELV) a standardized test, published by the Harcourt Assessment.

During her career she was awarded a research grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH/NIDCD) to study aspects of language difference and language disorders in children speaking nonstandard English specifically, African American English. More recently, her accomplishments have included the development and implementation of clinical programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Coles-White is always eager and willing to connect with students. She welcomes the opportunity to share her knowledge and compassion about speech-language pathology.

Current Research or Professional Activities

Teaches the following graduate and 5-year classes:

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Child Langauge Disorders: Preschool
  • Child Langauge Disorders: School Age
  • Fluency
  • Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Thesis Option I, II, and III. 
  • Voice and Velopharyngeal Disorders