Charles Ellis Jr., PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Charles Ellis Jr. is a professor and the Director of Doctoral Education in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Carolina University. Dr. Ellis is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. He is the director of the Communication Equity and Outcomes Laboratory where his research is designed to understand outcomes associated with adult neurologically based disorders of communication and factors that contribute to the lack of equity in service provision and outcome disparities that exist among some population groups. Dr. Ellis was awarded the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Recognition for Special Contribution in Multicultural Affairs in 2011 and Fellowship of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2014.


  • Ph.D. Rehabilitation Science. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2002-2005
    Dissertation: The Contribution of the Basal Ganglia to Expressive Language Performance
  • M.A. Communication Sciences & Disorders, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 1990-1992
    Thesis: Sentence Production in Traumatic Brain Injury
  • B.S. Communication Sciences & Disorders, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 1985-1990

Areas of Interest

Disparities in outcomes; Adult neurogenic disorders of communication; economic aspects of Speech-Language Pathology service provision

Current Courses Taught

  • Brain, Language & Aphasia (CSDI 6110)
  • Cognitive-Linguistic Impairment in Brain Injured Adults (CSDI 6113)
  • Motor Speech Disorders (CSDI 6009)
  • Doctoral Colloquium (CSDI 8030)