Dr. Michael Fraas

Associate Professor

Ph.D. 2003, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Program: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dissertation Title: Intelligibility Testing of Dysarthria in Native Spanish Speaking Adults

M.A., 1997, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Program: Communication Sciences and Disorders
M.A. Thesis Title: Name-Face Recognition in the Elderly

B.A., 1992, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Major: Interpersonal and Public Communication

(360) 650-7536

AIC 374

Current Courses

Graduate Courses:

CSD 576 - Cognitive Communication Disorders

CSD 542 - Adult and Pediatric Dysphagia

CSD 541 - Professional Issues

Undergraduate Courses:

CSD 450 - Neuroanatomy for Speech Pathology and Audiology

CSD 437 - Building Cross-Cultural Connections: Guatemala Service Learning

CSD 356 - Phonetics and Phonology

CSD 251 - Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders

Michael Fraas is an Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Washington University, USA. He received is Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. Dr. Fraas has 20 years of clinical and research experience. His research has focused on the areas of cognitive-motor interference following stroke, cognitive rehabilitation, concussion in sport, and narrative medicine based approaches for meeting the needs of adults with acquired brain injury. In his free time, Fraas enjoys tennis, skiing, and loud guitars (shh, don't tell his audiology colleagues).

Research Interests

Cognitive rehabilitation; concussion management; narrative medicine

Selected Publications

Texts and Book Chapters:

Evans, K. & Fraas, M. (2016). An interactive introduction to communication sciences and disorders. Debuque, IA: Great River Learning.

Fraas, M. (2016). Multiple unmanaged concussions in a collegiate rugby athlete. In Branski, R. & Molfender, S. (eds.). Speech Pathology Casebook. New York: Thieme.

Refereed Journals:

Fraas, M. & Burchiel, J. (2016). A systematic review of education programmes to prevent concussion in rugby union. European Journal of Sport Science, 16 (8), 1212-1218. doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2016.1170207.

Fraas, M. (2015). Narrative medicine: Helping to construct a new identity following acquired brain injury. Topics in Language Disorders (Special Issue): Narrative Medicine, 35 (3), 210-218. doi: 10.1097/TLD.0000000000000063.

Fraas, M., Coughlan, G., Hart, E. & McCarthy, C. (2014). Concussion knowledge and management practices among coaches and medical staff in Irish professional rugby teams. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 184:425-430. doi:10.1007/s11845-014-1137-9

Fraas, M., Coughlan, G., Hart, E. & McCarthy, C. (2014). Concussion history and reporting rates in elite Irish rugby union players. Physical Therapy in Sport, 15 (3), 136-142. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2013.08.002.

Plummer-D’Amato, P., Giuffrida, C., Eskes, G., Wallace, S., Fraas, M., Campbell, G., & Skidmore, E. (2013). Cognitive-motor interference during functional mobility after stroke: State of the science and implications for future research. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94 (2), 2565-2574.e6.

Fraas, M. (2011). Enhancing quality of life for survivors of stroke through phenomenology. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 18 (1), 40-45.

Cicerone, K.D., Langenbahn, D.M., Braden, C., Malec, J.F., Kalmar, K., Fraas, M., Felicetti, T., Laatsch, L., Harley, J.P., Bergquist, T. (2011). Evidence-based cognitive rehabilitation: Updated review of the literature from 2003 through 2008. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92 (4), 519-530.