Dixie Sanger, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders

Dixie Sanger’s research interests include addressing assessment and intervention issues of children and adolescents with language disorders; serving students with communication disorders involved in violence; and focusing on intervention issues of children with language-based literacy problems. She and her colleagues have published work on the role of speech-language pathologists in serving students with communication disorders involved in violence. Additionally, they have used mixed-research designs to understand female delinquents' views on language and communication behaviors, as well as their experiences about learning in school. They have been awarded two preparation of personnel grants to serve children with high-incidence disabilities; Project support: Speech-Language Pathologists Supporting Literacy Instruction; and a grant for Project RTI: Building Capacity Together to Implement Response to Intervention.

Sanger received her master’s in speech-language pathology from California State University at Long Beach. After continuing to work a number of years in both clinical and school settings, she earned her doctorate from UNL in 1981. She is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and a member of ASHA’s special interest divisions for language, learning and education, and for school-based issues. Sanger was recognized with the ASHA 2012 Editor’s Award for her article “Oral Language Competence, Young Speakers and the Law,” relating to language, speech and hearing services in schools.