D'Jaris Coles-White PhD, CCC-SLP

D'Jaris  Coles-White PhD, CCC-SLP

D'Jaris Coles-White PhD, CCC-SLP

Title: Professor
Speech-Languae Pathology

Office Location: 114G
E-mail: dcoleswhite@andrews.edu
Phone: (269) 471-3479


BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences Columbia College, Columbia South Carolina 1980

MS in Speech Pathology University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1991

Ph. D. in Communication Disorders Universtiy of Massachusetts-Amherst 1998


Dr. Coles-White received a B.S. degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Columbia College, in Columbia, South Carolina in 1980 and her M.S. in Speech Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991. She 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. Also, 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