Holly Hanley, CCC-SLP


Ph.D. 2017, Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
M.A. 2001, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Appalachian State University
B.A., 1997, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Appalachian State University
Dissertation: Risk factors related to familial hemorrhagic stroke.


ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
North Carolina, License, Speech-Language Pathology 


Adult neurogenic communication disorders
Motor speech disorders 


CSD 3201 – Language Disorders Across the Lifespan
CSD 5851 – Motor Speech Disorders 


Dr. Holly Hanley joined the faculty at Appalachian in 2018 as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and serves as our Director of Clinical Education. Dr. Hanley received her BS and MA degrees from Appalachian State University and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Hanley has more than 17 years of clinical and teaching experience in a variety of settings.  Prior to her position at Appalachian, Dr. Hanley was the Director of the Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. She is currently the President of the North Carolina Speech Hearing and Language Association (NCSHLA). Dr. Hanley is a research collaborator with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where she is researching primary progressive apraxia of speech (PPAOS) and Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) and its variants. In her spare time, Dr. Hanley enjoys spending time with her family and her two golden retrievers, Stella and Cooper.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Duffy, J. R., Hanley, H., Utianski, R., Clark, H., Strand, E., Josephs, K. A., & Whitwell, J. L. (2017, May 1). Temporal acoustic measures distinguish primary progressive apraxia of speech from primary progressive aphasia. Brain & Language, 168.

Hanley, H. (2018). The ins and outs of supervising SLPAs. Invited speaker. Convention of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Connects Convention, Baltimore, MD. │ July 19 – 22, 2018.

Clark, H., Duffy, J., Strand, E., Hanley, H., Utianski, R., & Josephs, K. (2018). Poster Presentation. Validity of phonetic and prosodic subtypes of PAOs using the ASRS 3. Motor Speech Conference, Atlanta, GA. │ February 21 – 25, 2018.

Title: Clinical Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology, Director of Clinical Education

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2813

Fax: (828) 262-3153

Office address
Levine Hall, Room 470