Audrey Farrugia


A photo of Audrey Farrugia.

Associate Professor

Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders

128G John W. Porter Building


[email protected]


  • B.A. Elementary Education, 2006-Eastern Michigan University
  • M.A. Speech-Language Pathology, 2009-Eastern Michigan University
  • Ph.D. Educational Studies-Urban Education, 2016-Eastern Michigan University


Audrey Farrugia worked as a speech-language pathologist in Michigan public schools for six years before joining the faculty at Eastern Michigan University. She has more than 10 years experience in clinical private practice. These professional experiences inform her teaching and research.


  • CSD 336: Physiologic Phonetics: Anatomy & Physiology
  • CSD 342: Language Disorders in Children
  • CSD 506: Communication Development in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • CSD 508: Multicultural Issues in Intervention for Communication Disorders
  • CSD 540: Articulation and Phonological Impairments
  • CSD 607: Early Intervention for Speech and Language Impaired Children
  • CSD 618: Language Disorders in School-age Children
  • CSD 688/9: Public School Internship in Speech-Language Pathology

Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications

  • Farrugia, A.M. (2020). Journey to cultural competence: Perceptions of a multicultural course in communication sciences and disorders. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing. 15(3), 36-44.
  • Farrugia, A.M. (2021). The Creation of a Multicultural Foundational Course: From Research to Practice. Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders.5(3), 5.
  • Farrugia, Audrey M. (2022). From Higher Education to Hands-On: A Qualitative Examination of the Preparation of Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathologists. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 7(2), 1-9,
  • Farrugia, A.M. (2022). A picture with a caption: Using photovoice as cultural self-reflection in communication sciences and disorders. Journal of Communication Disorders, 100.
  • Farrugia, A.M. (2023). Let’s Get Political: The Challenges of Teaching a Multicultural Course in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Journal of Critical Study of Communication and Disability, 1(1), 38-47,
  • Farrugia, A. & Abou-Arabi, M. (2021). From research outsider to cultural ally. ASHA Leader. 26(1),10-11.
  • Farrugia-Bernard, A. M. (2018). Speech-language pathologists as determiners of the human right to diversity in communication for school children in the US. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 20(1), 170-173. doi:10.1080/17549507.2018.1406002
  • Farrugia-Bernard, A. M. (2018). Unprepared: A qualitative exploration of the preparation practices of SLPs practicing in urban schools. Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences& Disorders, 2(3), 2.

Selected Presentations

  • Farrugia, A. (2021). From higher education to hands-on: Preparation and responsibilities of early intervention speech-language pathologists [webinar] Early On Michigan.
  • Farrugia, A.M. & Beebe, J. (2019, November). The Making of talk totes: Preschool communication toolkits. Poster presented at the ASHA Convention, Orlando, Florida.
  • Farrugia, A.M. & Webster, J. (2019, November). Not like me: Experiences of students of color in pursuit of a speech-language pathology degree. Oral presentation at American Speech Hearing Association Conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Farrugia-Bernard, A. M. (2018, May). Accessibility?: The Examination of Syllabi in Speech-Language Pathology Programs in the U.S.. Oral presentation presented at the Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Disability Studies and Disability Activism, Sliema, Malta.
  • Farrugia-Bernard, A. M., Salvia, B. & Bernard, E. (2018, April). Behind the voices: Designing the ultimate multicultural course in SLP. Oral presentation presented at the NBASLH Convention, Washington D.C.

Grants, Honors and Awards

Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair: 2023-2024

FDC Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: 2023-2024

Early On Faculty Grant: 2023


  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology
  • National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing
  • Michigan Speech Language Hearing Association
    • State of Michigan Speech Pathology License
  • Michigan Teacher Certification
    • Speech-Language Impaired, Elementary Education, Language Arts, Integrated Science