Anthony B. DeFeo

Dr. Anthony B. DeFeo developed an extraordinary career that exemplified the translation of science into service.  He was widely regarded as an outstanding scholar, clinician, and teacher. His passion for clinical education and his encyclopedic knowledge of the professional literature were widely admired.


Dr. DeFeo received his MA and PhD at Northwestern University.  He joined the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona in 1981 as Clinic Director.  He was also a faculty member of the Interstellar Training Program, in the Department of Special Education.


He was viewed as a master clinician and a master teacher and in 1991, he was given a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Arizona College of Science.  For more than a quarter of a century, Dr. DeFeo’s clinical and research activities centered on identification, evaluation and treatment of pediatric communication disorders especially those related to syndromic and other atypical clinical presentations.  He was also involved in developing several evidence-based treatment programs for all ages in the department’s several clinics.


Those lucky enough to have had him in class or worked with him will remember his dynamic style.  For his contributions and accomplishments, he was awarded Honors of the Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2003).