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Nancy Vidal, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Vidal is an assistant professor in the Speech Communication Studies Department at Iona College. She has many years of clinical experience in the areas of pediatric and adult dysphagia, language disorders and bilingualism. Dr. Vidal has worked in several hospitals, specializing in the head and neck population and in private practice. Additionally Dr. Vidal has supervised many student clinicians in treating various oro-motor, dysphagia and speech/language disorders.

Research Interests

Dr. Vidal’s research interests include neurophysiological correlates of English vowels in the monolingual and bilingual population.  Other interests are in the area of the socio-cultural variables that influence language use in bilinguals.


ASHA - ACE (Continuing Education Award), 1997-2000


American Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Association (ASHA)
ASHA Special Interest Division membership 
Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)(SID 13)
Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech/Language Disorders (SID2)
Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations (SID 14)


ASHA certified Speech-Language Language Pathologist, New York
New York State Teacher, Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH)  
Dysphagia Audio Digest Certificate          
P.R.O.M.P.T. Certified

Selected Publications and Presentations

Vidal, N. Neurophysiological correlates of English vowels /I/ and /E/ in monolingual and bilingual 4 and 5 year old children. ProQuest LLC.  2016

Ito, K., Strange, W., Hisagi, M., Gilichinskaya, Y., Kresh, S., Rosas, J., Vidal, N.,  Shafer, V., .Neurophysiological Evidence of Preattentive Discrimination of English Vowel Contrasts by Japanese learners of English. MMN Conference Presentation, The Graduate Center (CUNY). 2012   

Tessel, C.A., Vidal, N., Yu, Y., Barias, A. & Shafer, V. L.  Speech development of monolingual and bilingual toddlers: Language measures and Event-related potential responses.  CNS conference, Montreal, Canada, April 17-20, 2010

Tessel, C. A., Vidal, N., Yu, Y., Datta, H., Barias, A., & Shafer, V. L. Speech development of monolingual and bilingual toddlers: Language measures and event related potentials. Poster presentation at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference & The Society of Neurobiology of language conference, 2010 

Vidal, N., Datta, H., Shafer, V. Monolingual and Bilingual Children’s Brain Activation in Vowel Perception, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, May 6, 2007

Shafer, V., Schwartz, R., Garrido, K., Yu, Y., Vidal, N., Datta, H., Wroblewski, M., Hisagi, M., & Tessel, C. A. Brain basis of language acquisition in monolinguals and bilinguals.  Seminar presentation at the ASHA convention, 2007

Vidal, N., Garrido, K., Datta, H., Tessel, C., & Shafer, V. L. Can a language background questionnaire predict language use and standard language scores? Poster presentation at Language Acquisition and Bilingualism: Consequences for a multilingual society, Canada, May 2006

Vidal, N., Professional Services provided by Speech/Language Pathologists and issues on bilingualism, Spanish radio station (Radio HIT), 1989

Vidal, Nancy. Non-published thesis:  Scriptal Facilitation in Autistic Children, 1987

Publications in Progress

Tanja Rinker, Valerie L. Shafer, Nancy Vidal, Markus Kiefer, and Carol Tessel, Yan H. Yu (2014). T-COMPLEX NEURAL MEASURES OF LANGUAGE EXPERIENCE IN BILINGUAL VERSUS MONOLINGUAL CHILDREN

Valerie L. Shafer, Yan H. Yu, Carol Tessel, Nancy Vidal & Jennifer Gerometta (2012). Neural indices of phonetic encoding in monolingual and and bilingual infants and children. Frontiers in Psychology. Submitted for publication

Carol Tessel, Nancy Vidal, Jennifer Gerometta, Yan H. Yu, & Valerie Shafer. Neural Correlates of Vowel Encoding and Discrimination in Monolingual and Bilingual Children.  Manuscript in progress