Rhea Paul, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is Professor Emerita of Communication Disorders at Southern Connecticut State University and Professor and Director of the Communication Disorders Section at the Yale Child Study Center. She received her Master’s degree in Reading and Learning Disabilities form the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1974 and her Ph.D. in Communication Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. She is author of over 70 refereed journal articles, 30 book chapters and seven books. She has been Principal Investigator on research projects on language disorders and autism funded by the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, the National Alliance for Autism Research, the Autism Speaks Foundation, the Meyer Memorial Trust, and the Oregon Medical Foundation. She is currently a Principal Investigator at the Yale Autism Center of Excellence. Dr. Paul has participated in a variety of expert panels and boards for the Connecticut and Oregon State Departments of Education, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Institutes of Health. Winner of the 1996 Editor’s Award for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Dr. Paul is a Fellow of ASHA. She has served as Vice President of both the Oregon and Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Associations, and is President-Elect of the CSHA.