Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders/Saint Louis University

Deborah Hwa-Froelich is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She founded and consults for the International Adoption Clinic (IAC) at Saint Louis University. Her research has focused on socio-cultural, socioeconomic, and social-emotional factors that influence communication development and disorders.


Dr. Hwa-Froelich has published on cultural and linguistic differences, the effect of poverty and maternal mental health on children’s language development, and the effect of international adoption on English language acquisition and related cognitive and social-emotional development. She founded and consults for the International Adoption Clinic (IAC) at Saint Louis University which is an outgrowth of her longitudinal research documenting post-adoption English language acquisition, and cognitive, social, and emotional development of children adopted internationally.

She has received several awards for her work including the U.S. Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angel in Adoption Award, the ASHA Diversity Champion and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Louis M. DiCarlo award for Clinical Achievement.  She also received the Outstanding Clinician award from the Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Areas of expertise include: cultural and linguistic diversity (Vietnamese, African American), the effects of poverty  on mental health and communication, social-emotional effects on communication development (children adopted internationally).


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