Milijana Buac, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Title: Assistant Professor
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Division: Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
Unit: Speech-Language Pathology
Office Location: Wirtz Hall 358
Office Phone: 815-753-1521
Office Fax: 815-753-9123

Courses Taught

  • COMD 423: Developmental Speech and Language Disorder
  • COMD 607: Language Disorders in School-age Populations
  • AHCD 610: Multicultural Aspects of Speech-Language Pathology


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Communicative Disorders
  • B.A., Marquette University, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology


  • Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language Hearing Association


  • State of Illinois, Speech-Language Pathology License
  • State of Wisconsin, Speech-Language Pathology License

Research Interests

  • Typical and atypical bilingual language development with a focus on environmental factors
  • The trajectory of cognitive development in bilingual children with and without developmental disabilities
  • Evidence based, bias-free, assessment and intervention approaches for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Selected Publications

Buac, M., & Kaushanskaya, M. (in press). The impact of non-native language input on bilingual children’s language skills. Languages, 8(4), 277.

Buac, M., & Kaushanskaya, M. (2019).  Predictors of theory of mind performance in bilingual and monolingual children. International Journal of Bilingualism.  

Buac, M., Tauzin-Larché, A., Weisberg, E., & Kaushanskaya, M. (2018). Effects of speaker certainty on novel word learning in monolingual and bilingual children. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 1-13.

McDonald, M., Gross, M., Buac, M., Batko, M., & Kaushanskaya, M. (2017). Processing and comprehension of accented speech by monolingual and bilingual children. Language Learning and Development, 14(2), 113-129. 

Buac, M., Gross, M., & Kaushanskaya, M. (2016). Predictors of processing-based task performance in bilingual and monolingual children. Journal of Communication Disorders, 62, 1229. 

Buac, M., & Kaushanskaya, M. (2014). The relationship between linguistic and non-linguistic cognitive control skills in bilingual children from low socio-economic backgrounds. Frontiers in Psychology, 5 (article 1098), 1-12. 

Buac, M., Gross, M., & Kaushanskaya, M. (2014). The role of home language environment in the development of monolingual and bilingual children’s vocabulary skills. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57, 1804-1816. 

Gross, M., Buac, M., & Kaushanskaya, M. (2014). Conceptual scoring of receptive and expressive vocabulary measures in simultaneous and sequential bilingual children. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 23(4), 574-586. 

Kaushanskaya, M., Gross, M., & Buac, M. (2014). Effects of classroom bilingualism on task shifting, verbal memory, and word learning in children. Developmental Science, 4, 564-583.

Kaushanskaya, M., Gross, M., & Buac, M. (2013). Gender differences in child word learning. Learning and Individual Differences, 27, 82-89.

ACUE Credentialed Educator

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