James Madison University

Geralyn R. Timler, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor
Director, Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)
Residential Program

PHOTO: Geralyn R. Timler
  • Office: HBS 1015
  • Phone: 540-568-3541
  • Email: timlergr@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 4304
    235 Martin Luther King Jr Way
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
  • M.S. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
  • B. A. University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Research and Teaching Areas

Areas of research interest:

    • Identification of social (pragmatic) communication disorders in preschoolers & school-age students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and language impairment
    • Development of outcome measures for social communication interventions

Areas of Teaching:

    • Advanced Study of Phonological Disorders (CSD 623)
    • Language Development (CSD 300)
    • Phonological & Language Disorders (CSD 314)

Research Laboratory


Current and Ongoing Research Projects

  • Development of a self-report measure of conversation participation
  • Narrative production in children with and without neurodevelopmental disorders

Publications (last five years)

Refereed Journals:

*Denotes Student Collaborator from Timler Lab

  • Ash, A., Redmond, S., Timler, G., & Kean, J. (In Press). The Influence of scale structure and sex on parental reports of children’s social (pragmatic) communication symptoms.
  • Timler, G., Boone, W. & *Bergmann, A. (2014).  Development of the Conversation Participation Rating Scale (CPRS): Intervention planning implications for two school-age children with autism spectrum disorders. Topics in Language Disorders, 34(3), 252-267. doi: 10.1097/TLD.0000000000000021
  • Timler, G. (2014). Use of the Children's Communication Checklist-2 for classification of language impairment risk in young school-age children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.  American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 23, 73-83. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2013/12-0164). 
  • Gerber, S.; Brice, A. Capone, N.; Fujiki, M. & Timler, G. (2012).  Evidence based systematic review of intervention for disorders of language use in school-aged children. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (43), 235-249.
  • Timler, G. (2008). Social knowledge in children with language impairments: Examination of strategies, predicted consequences, and goals in peer conflict situations. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 22, (9), 741-763.
  • *Luo, F. & Timler, G. (2008). Narrative organization skills in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and language impairment: Application of the causal network model. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 22 (1), 25-46.

Invited Contributions

  • Timler, G. (In press). Social Communication Disorder.  In A. E. Wenzel (Ed.) SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.
  • Timler, G. & *White, K. (2015). Assessment and intervention for children with attention problems. In D. Hwa-Froehlich (Ed.), Social Communication Development and Disorder (pp.252-286).  New York: Taylor & Francis.
  • Wolter, J. & Timler, G. (2014). Focus on meta skills: Part 1. Morphological awareness and assessment; Part 2. Autism and concepts of self. Topics in Language Disorders, 34 (3), 191-196. doi: 10.1097/TLD.0000000000000024
  • Timler, G. & Bourgeois, M. (2014). Research in clinical practice:  Procedures for development of single case experimental designs. In R. Paul and P.W. Cascella (Eds.), Introduction to Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders, Third Edition (pp. 343-367). Baltimore: Brookes.
  • Timler, G. (2013). Interventions to support social communication skills. In S. Goldstein & J. Naglieri (Eds.), Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Translating Science into Practice, (pp. 283-302). New York: Springer.
  • Timler, G. (2012). Intraverbals. In F. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders, (pp. 1652-1653). New York: Springer.
  • Timler, G. (2012). Language tests. In F. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders, (pp. 1696-1697). New York: Springer.
  • Timler, G. (2012). Prosocial skills. In F. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders, (p. 2413). New York: Springer.
  • Timler, G. (2012). Train and hope strategy. In F. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders, (p. 3150). New York Springer.

National and International Conference Presentations (last five years)

Peer Reviewed Presentations

*Denotes Student Collaborator from Timler Lab

  • *White, K., & Timler, G. (2016). Agreement Among Parent Ratings of Children's Pragmatic Language & Social Skills. Poster session to be presented at the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention, Philadelphia, PA and the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.
  • *Alano, M., Timler, G., & *Behm, E. (2016). Evidence-Based Review of Norm-Referenced Language Tests for Identification of Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder. Poster session to be presented at the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention, Philadelphia, PA.
  • *Ollier, M.,*Pozniak, G., *Prokop, R.,  *Williams, L., Coen-Cummings, M. & Timler, G. (2016). Language Outcomes Following Intervention in Children With (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders: A Systematic Review.  Poster session to be presented at the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention, Philadelphia, PA.
  • *Hamilton, A., *Ruetschle, B., *Mong, L., Timler, G., & Redmond, R. (2015). What’s the story: Micro-and macro- analyses of narratives from children with ADHD and LI. Poster session presented at the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention, Denver, CO.
  • Hwa-Froelich, D., Brinton, B., Fujiki, M., Timler, G., Watson, L., & Westby, C. (2014). Social communication disorder: What is it and what can I do? Short course presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention, Orlando, FL.
  • *White, Katherine & Timler, G. (2014). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: What clinicians need to know.  Poster session presented at the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing convention, Columbus, OH.
  • *Brown, L., & Timler, G.  (2013). Use of child and adolescent self-report measures by school-based speech-language pathologists. Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Redmond, S., & Timler, G.  (2013). Language profiles associated with pediatric ADHD with/without co-occurring LI. One hour seminar presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Timler, G., Boone, W., *Bergmann, A., *Zeberlein, J., & *Passen, J. (2013). Development of the Conversation Participation Rating Scale (CPRS): Clinical data.  Poster session presented at the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.
  • Timler, G., & Boone, W. (2012). Validation of the Conversation Participation Rating Scale (CPRS). Poster session presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto.

Invited Presentations

  • Timler, G. (2015). DSM-5: Clinical implication for SLPs. The George Washington University Speaker Series, Washington, D.C.
  • Timler, G. (2015). Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder: Implications for assessment and intervention. New York State Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. Rochester, NY.
  • Timler, G. (2014). Assessment of school-age children with autism spectrum disorders. University of Rhode Island Invited Speaker Series, Kingston, RI.
  • Timler, G. (2014). Social (pragmatic) communication disorder: Assessment and intervention strategies for school-age children and adolescents. Central New York Speech Language and Hearing Association. Syracuse, NY.
  • Timler, G. (2013). Keynote Speaker: Assessment and intervention for social communication skills. New York State Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. Saratoga Springs, NY

National Service

  • Coordinator Special Interest Group 1, Language Learning and Education (2015-2017)
  • Associate Editor-Language Section, Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research (2016-2018)