• Position: ProfessorSturm_Janet_Portrait.jpg
  • Department: Speech-Language Pathology
  • Campus Address: 1169 Health Professions Building
  • Phone: 774-7298
  • Email: sturm1j@cmich.edu
  • Courses:

     CDO 130 Normal Speech & Language Acquisition
    CDO 340 Child Language Assessment and Intervention
    CDO 735 Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Degrees and Universities

Western Michigan University, 1988
Western Michigan University, 1990
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1996

Professional Organizations

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA Special Interest Division 1: Language Learning and Education
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) CEC Division for Communication Disabilities and Deafness


Commercial Publications

First Author Writing Curriculum (2015). Volo, IL: Don Johnston Incorporated.

First Author Writing Software (2013) [Computer Software]. Volo, IL: Don Johnston Incorporated.

Recent Publications

Clendon, S., Sturm, J. & Cali, K. (2013). Vocabulary use across genres and topics: Implications for students with complex communication needs. Language Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools, 44, 61-72.

Sturm, J.S. (2012). An enriched Writers’ Workshop for beginning writers with developmental disabilities. Topics in Language Disorders, 32(4), 335-360.

Sturm, J.S., Cali, K., Nelson, N.W., Staskowski, M. (2012). The developmental writing scale: A new progress monitoring tool for beginningwriters. Topics in Language Disorders, 32(4), 297-318.

Erickson, K.A., Clendon, S., Cunningham, J.W., Spadorcia, S., Koppenhaver, D., Sturm, J., & Yoder, D.E. (2008). Automatic word recognition: The reliability and validity of a universally-accessible assessment task. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 24(1), 64-75.

Sturm, J., Spadorcia, S., Cunningham, J., Cali, K., Staples, A., & Erickson, K., Yoder, D., & Koppenhaver, D. (2006). What happens to reading between first and third grade? Implications for students who use AAC. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 21(2), 21-36.

Cunningham, J. W., Spadorcia, S. A., Erickson, K. A., Koppenhaver, D. A., Sturm, J. A., Yoder, D. E. (2005). Investigating the Instructional Supportiveness of Leveled Texts. Reading Research Quarterly, 40(4), 410-427.

Richards, S., Sturm, J. & Cali, K. (2012). Writing instruction in elementary classrooms: Making the connection to common core state standards. Seminars in Speech and Language, 33(2), 130-145.

Sturm, J., Spadorcia, S., Cunningham, J., Cali, K., Staples, A., & Erickson, K., Yoder, D., & Koppenhaver, D. (2006). What happens to reading between first and third grade? Implications for students who use AAC. Augmentative and Alternative Commnication, 21(2), 21-36.

Cunningham, J. W., Spadorcia, S. A., Erickson, K. A., Koppenhaver, D. A., Sturm, J. A., Yoder, D. E. (2005). Investigating the Instructional Supportiveness of Leveled Texts. Reading Research Quarterly, 40(4), 410-427.

Sturm, J. M. & Beukelman, D. R., & Mirenda, P. (2005). Literacy development of AAC users. In D. R. Beukelman & P. Mirenda (Eds.). Augmentative and alternative communication: Management of severe communication disorders in children and adults (3 rd Ed.) (pp. 351-390). Baltimore, MD: Paul Brookes Publishing Company.

Sturm, J. M., & Clendon, S. A. (2004). AAC, Language, and Literacy: Fostering the Relationship. Topics in Language Disorders, 24(1), 76-91.


External Grants

Sturm, J. (PI) (.25 FTE) (Phase II Grant Awarded – June 1, 2010-May 31, 2012). STTR Fast Track grant submitted by Don Johnston Incorporated. FirstAuthor: A Writing Process Software Tool, Small Business Technology Transfer Research Grant, National Institute of Health, Child Behavior Branch under grant number R42 HD059238-02.

Sturm, J. (PI) (.25 FTE) (Phase I Grant Awarded - June 1, 2009-May 31, 2010). STTR Fast Track grant submitted by Don Johnston Incorporated. FirstAuthor: A Writing Process Software Tool, Small Business Technology Transfer Research Grant, National Institute of Health, Child Behavior Branch under grant number R41HD059238-01.

Sturm, J. (2007). Writing Topics of Students with Developmental Disabilities. Health Professions Non-Tenured Faculty Endowment ($2,700.00).

Sturm, J. (PI) (.15 FTE). (Grant Awarded and Completed February 2006). R41 STTR grant submitted by Don Johnston Incorporated. FirstAuthor: A Writing Process Software Tool. Phase I, Small Business Technology Transfer Research Grant. Funded by the National Institute of Health, Child Behavior Branch under grant number 1 R41 HD44297-01A1.

Sturm, J (PI) (.25 FTE). 1999-2003. Improving literacy technologies for school-age children with severe physical disabilities. Communication Enhancement Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center Grant. Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the Department of Education under grant number H133E980026 ($298,316.00 received 1999-2003).

Sturm (Research Associate). 2002-2003. ABC-Link. Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs. (Erickson, Principal Investigator). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sturm (Research Associate). 2002-2003. ABC-Link. Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs. (Erickson, Principal Investigator). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sturm (Research Associate). 1997-2000. Project Reading ABC. U.S. Department of Education under grant number H023F60021.

Research Areas

 Students with significant disabilities, writing instruction, classroom communication, writing software, augmentative and alternative communication, implementation science