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Elia Olivares

  • Director of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Programs / Clinical Associate Professor
  • ​​Ph.D, CCC-SLP

  • Speech Language Pathology; SLP Clinic
  • 773-325-8478
  • ​DePaul Speech & Language Clinic - 2400 N. Sheffield Avenue​

Elia Olivares, Ph.D., CCC-SLP received her Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her Master of Science degree and Bachelor of Science degree at Illinois State University.  She has worked as a bilingual Speech and Language Pathologist in Illinois primarily serving culturally and linguistically diverse children in early childhood, urban and suburban school district, university settings, and private practice.  She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Program in Speech Language Pathology at the DePaul University Speech Language Pathology Program.  She teaches Phonetics, Speech Sound Disorders, Language Disorders in Early Childhood, Language Disorders in School-Age Populations, and Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Speech and Language Development and Disorders.

Her research interest areas include evidence-based assessment and intervention practices for culturally and linguistically diverse children; more specifically, childhood apraxia of speech assessment and intervention for bilingual (English/Spanish) children, language choice(s) among bilingual speakers, and social appropriateness and social effects of intervention as it pertains to bilingual children with CAS and their families.


  • Ph.D., Special Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.S., Speech Language Pathology, Illinois State University
  • B.S., Speech Language Pathology, Illinois State University


  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) - Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology  
  • State of Illinois Dept. of Financial & Professional Regulation, Speech Language Pathologist
  • School Service Personnel Certificate IL Type 73


  • English as a Second Language Special Education
  • Bilingual Special Education Teacher-Spanish

Professional A​ffiliations

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Courses taught

  • SLP 201 – Phonetics
  • SLP 320 – Intro to Speech Sound Disorders
  • SLP 400 - Interprofessional Education
  • SLP 410 – Research Methods​​​
  • SLP 460 - Research to Practice in Bilingual Speech Language Pathology
  • SLP​​ 462 – Assessment and Intervention of Youth Bilingual Children with Communication Disorders
  • SLP 463 - Bilingual Service Provider, Family, Community, and Interdisciplinary Involvement
  • SLP 464 –​  Assessment and Intervention of Bilingual Adults with Communication Disorders
  • SLP 465 - Cultural Responsiveness in Bilingual Speech Language Pathology
  • SLP 466 - Bilingual SLP Service Provision Across Healthcare Settings
  • BBE 550 - Speech Language Pathology and The Bilingual Learner Experience 

Selected publications

  • ​​​Horton, R. & Olivares, E. (2021).  An instructional strategy to facilitate pre-professional training removing language access barriers: simulated interpreter encounter.  In Horton, R., Critical Perspectives on Social Justice in Speech-Language Pathology (pp. 224-244).   IGI Global. DOI10.4018/978-1-7998-7134-7
  • Olivares, E. & Lopez-Reyna, N. (2020).  Intervention Models for the Bilingual and Monolingual Pediatric Population Diagnosed with CAS: A Systematic Literature Review. (in preparation)
  • Olivares, E. & Lopez-Reyna, N. (2020).  Video Self-Modeling for Developing Bilingual Children Suspected or Identified with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, (in preparation)​


  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Language and Learning in School-Age Children and Adolescents Committee (2015)
  • Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association-Multicultural Committee (2017-present)
  • Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association- Child Language and Phonology Co-Chair (2021-present)
  • American Speech Language Hearing Association Equity and Cultural-Linguistic Committee (2022-present)
  • ASHA Hispanic Caucus Member