Dr. Holt received a BS in Political Science from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina; a MEd, in Communication Sciences and Disorders from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, North Carolina; and a PhD, in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to joining the faculty at ECU Dr. Holt served as a practicing Speech Language Pathologist in Ohio, Virginia, and North Carolina, serving both children and adults in home, school, and hospital settings. In addition, Dr. Holt served on the faculty of NCCU.
Research interests focus on the dialect variation in African American English and Southern American English. Dr. Holt is currently preparing series of experiments on speech production and perception for eastern North Carolina speakers.
Dialect variation and acquisition of reading, acoustic phonetics of speech production, articulation and phonological development in non-mainstream dialects of American English, community engaged research, relationship of language variation to healthcare utilization and outcomes