Linda D. Vallino, PhD, MS, CCC-SLP/A, ASHA Fellow

Head - Craniofacial Outcomes Research Laboratory (CORL)

Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware 1600 Rockland Road Wilmington, DE 19803


Linda D. Vallino, PhD is head of the Craniofacial Outcomes Research Laboratory (CORL) in the Center for Pediatric Auditory and Speech Sciences and Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Biomedical Research at Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. She is also Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Delaware. As a clinician and clinical speech scientist, Dr. Vallino has more than 25 years experience specializing in the assessment and treatment of speech and resonance disorders in children and young adults with cleft palate-craniofacial anomalies. She serves as the senior speech-language pathologist on the Nemours Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Team in Wilmngton, Delaware. Dr. Vallino has published papers, written book chapters and made presentations at scientific meetings in the area of cleft and craniofacial anomalies. Dr. Vallino holds dual certification in speech-language pathology and audiology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is also an ASHA Fellow.

Medical/Dental School

  • PhD - University of Pittsburgh, Speech Pathology,

  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Outcomes
  • Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

  • Zajac, D. J., Vallino, L. D., Baylis, A. L., Adatorwovor, R., Preisser, J. S., Vivaldi, D., & Anderson, J. D. (2021). Emergence of prevocalic stop consonants in children with repaired cleft palate. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 64(1), 30-39. doi:10.1044/2020_JSLHR-20-00282

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  • Baylis, A., Vallino, L. D., Powell, J., & Zajac, D. J. (2020). Lexical Selectivity of 2-Year-Old Children With and Without Repaired Cleft Palate Based on Parent Report. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 57(9), 1117-1124. doi:10.1177/1055665620915060

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  • Ruscello, D. M., & Vallino, L. D. (2020). The use of nonspeech oral motor exercises in the treatment of children with cleft palate: A re-examination of available evidence. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 29(4), 1811-1820. doi:10.1044/2020_AJSLP-20-00087

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  • Vallino, L. D. (2019). An Innovative Collaborative Treatment Model: The Community-Based Speech-Language Pathologist and Cleft Palate Team. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. doi:10.1177/1055665617739315

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  • Eshghi, M., Vallino, L. D., Baylis, A. L., Preisser, J. S., & Zajac, D. J. (2017). Velopharyngeal status of stop consonants and vowels produced by young children with and without repaired cleft palate at 12, 14, and 18 months of age: A preliminary analysis. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(6), 1467-1476. doi:10.1044/2016_JSLHR-S-16-0259

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