Dr. Rachel Saffo

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. The Florida State University, 2010, Communication Disorders

M.S. The Florida State University, 2004, Speech-Language Pathology

B.A. University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2002, Francophone Studies

B.A. University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2002, Communicative Disorders

Contact Information

Office: 305

700 University Blvd. East

Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Phone: 205-348-1848

Email: rachel.saffo@ua.edu

Research Interests:

  • Bilingual and second language acquisition
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Language Development
  • Early Intervention


Woods, J., & Saffo, R.W. (2011). Specific issues on developmental disability: Autism (Including new strategies in testing, diagnosis, and treatment). In S.P. Maude (Ed). Early Childhood Intervention: Shaping the Future for Children with Special Needs and their Families, Proven and Promising Practices (pp.261-295). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

LaPointe, L., Stierwalt, J.A., Kemker, B.A., Heald, G, & Whittington, R. (2005). Generative naming in aphasia during conditions of quiet and cafeteria noise distraction. Brain and Language, 95 (1), 20-21.

Grant Funding:

Barber, A., & Saffo, R.W. (2011). College Academy of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Grant, The University of Alabama. Project Title: The effects of peer mediated play intervention on the social communication skills of young children with autism spectrum disorders.