Nancy Naperala

Nancy Naperala

Clinical Supervisor and Course Instructor


Nancy Naperala


Communication Sciences and Disorders

Nancy Naperala, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wayne State University. Her clinical experience includes assessment and treatment of individuals with a variety of acquired neurogenic disorders in acute care, inpatient and outpatient facilities.

She has been involved in teaching undergraduate, post-bachelor and graduate course work, as well as graduate clinical education at Wayne State University since 2013. Dr. Naperala’s research interests emphasize a biopsychosocial perspective to understanding cognitive-linguistic behaviors and advancing holistic practices that optimize quality of life in adults with mild-moderate acquired executive dysfunction.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Acquired neurogenic communication disorders
  • Cognitive neuropsychology
  • Holistic clinical practice and quality of life


  • B.S., Biology, Purdue University
  • M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, Wayne State University
  • Ph.D., Communication Sciences & Disorders, Wayne State University

Currently teaching

LIN/SLP 5080—Phonetics

Courses taught

  • SLP 5300—Intro to SLP
  • SLP 6330 (guest lecturer)—Advanced Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology
  • SLP 7680 (guest lecturer)—Acquired Linguistic and Cognitive Disorders in Adults