James Feeney

Associate Professor and Chair, Communication Sciences and Disorders Department


M.S.LiteracySUNY Albany
M.S.Communication Sciences and DisordersThe College of Saint Rose
B.S.Speech PathologySUNY Cortland

Professional Experience

Dr. Feeney is a licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist and an educational consultant with over 25 years of clinical experience. He has worked with many individuals with speech, language, literacy, cognitive-communication, and behavioral challenges. These include adults with developmental disabilities, individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI), people with acquired cognitive-communication disorders, parents and caregivers of at-risk children in the city of Albany, school-age children, and young adults.

Dr. Feeney has also worked closely with teacher-educators, behavior analysts, psychologists, educational teams, parents, family members, support staff, and everyday communication partners, using an integrated and context-sensitive approach to helping others. Dr. Feeney’s approach is born out of his experience with his longtime friend, colleague, and mentor, the late Dr. Mark Ylvisaker, who enthusiastically declared his reverence for the work of the great Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky and the world-renowned physician, researcher, and neuroscientist Antonio Damasio.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Feeney has over 20 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Acquired Cognitive-Communication Disorders, Adult Language, and several other topics. He has presented extensively to national, regional, state, and international audiences on such topics as integrated AAC assessment and intervention planning, AAC and individuals on the Autism Spectrum, working with individuals with traumatic brain injury, adults with developmental disabilities, and clinical supervision in speech pathology.

Research/Creative Works


  • Feeney, J. (2019). Augmentative and Alternative Communication. In: R.E. Owens, D. Metz, K. Farinella(Eds.), Introduction to Communication Disorders: A Lifespan Evidence-Based Perspective (5th ed.).Boston: Pearson.
  • Integrated Literacy and AAC Projects for Children, Adolescents, and Adults Proceedings of The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. July 31, 2012
  • An Integrated Approach to Literacy Intervention Planning for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.Proceedings of the International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Conference(ISAAC) Barcelona, Spain. July 27, 2010
  • You Wrote a Paper and I Made a Meatloaf: The Futility of Meaning Making In the Absence of Context. Journal of Behavioral and Neuroscience. Vo1. 8(1), 81-87 June, 2010
  • Understanding the Everyday Literacies of Adults with Intellectual Impairment Who Use AAC. Proceedings of the International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication ConferenceMontreal, Canada. August 2008.
  • Literacy, Self-Advocacy, and AAC: A Collaborative Project-Oriented Approach. Proceedings of theInternational Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Conference, August, 2006.
  • Applying Transitional Self-Advocacy Videos in Clinical Education. Perspectives on Issues in HigherEducation. June, 2005.
  • Promoting Literacy Learning in Speech Pathology. Article published in SpeechPathology.com. A peer-reviewed, online journal. October, 2004.
  • Promoting Literacy Learning in AAC: Interactive Competence and Collaboration. Proceedings of theInternational Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Conference, October, 2004.
  • Changing Our Approach: Supervising Through Apprenticeship. Proceedings of the 2002 Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders Annual Meeting, PalmSprings, CA. April,2002.
  • An Everyday Approach to Long-Term Rehabilitation after Traumatic Brain Injury. Chapter published in a text book developed for Ohio State University entitled: “Clinical Practice Management for Speech-Language Pathologists”, edited by Becky Cornett, 1999