Eva E. Nwokah, PhD
Associate Professor of Communication Disorders


  • PhD - University of Cambridge, UK
Contact Information:
Office: Henry Jersig Center, Room 120
Telephone: 210-434-6711, ext. 2608
Email: eenwokah@ollusa.edu




  • Nwokah, E. (Ed.) (2010). Play as engagement and communication. Play and Culture Series, Vol 10. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.
  • Nwokah, E. & Sutterby, J. (Eds.) (2014). Early childhood and special education. (Vol. 18). Advances in Early Education and Day Care (J. Sutterby, Series Ed.) Cambrige, M.A.: Emerald Press.

Articles & Chapters

  • Nwokah, E. (in press).  Theories of play. In J. Mattingly (ed.) Encyclopedia of Theory, Humanistic and Scientific Perspectives. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Nwokah, E. (2014). Dyadic interaction and early communicative development.  In P. Brooks & V. Kempe (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Language Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 
  • Nwokah, E., Cupito, S. & McQuitty, D. (2014). The impact of summer camp for adolescent mothers and their young children. In E. Nwokah & J. Sutterby (Eds.) Early childhood and special education. Vol. 18. (pp. 113-133) Advances in Early Education and Day Care (J. Sutterby, Series Ed.) Cambridge, MA: Emerald Press.
  • Nwokah, E. & Leafblad, S. (2013). Service learning with homeless preschoolers to promote brain-based learning in undergraduate teaching. Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, 24(3), 69-98.
  • Nwokah, E., Hsu, H, & Gulker, H. (2013). The use of play materials in early intervention: the dilemma of poverty. American Journal of Play,5(2), 187-218.
  • Nwokah, E., Burnette, S., & Graves, K. (2013). Humor in children with and without hearing loss. Humor: International Journal of Humor Studies, 26(1), 69-96.
  • Hall-Smith, P., Coley, S. L., Labbok, M. H., Cupito, S. & Nwokah E. (2012). Early breastfeeding experiences of adolescent mothers: a qualitative prospective study.  International Breastfeeding Journal, 7, 13.
  • Nwokah, E., Graves, K. & Naylor, J. (2012). Family words as creative and affiliative play. In L. Cohen & S. Waite-Stupiansky (Eds). Play: A polyphony of research, theories and issues. Play and Culture Series Vol. 12 (pp 91-101). Lanham, MD: University Press of America.
  • Nwokah, E. (2011) Review of Wallace Chafe. The importance of not being earnest-the feeling behind laughter and humor. Acoustica, 68, 192-197.
  • Kristen-Clark, M., & Nwokah, E. (2011). Play and learning in summer camps for children with special needs.  American Journal of Play, 3, 238-261.
  • Nwokah, E., & Graves, K. (2009). Word play: The creation and function of novel words in the pretend play of two siblings. American Journal of Play, 4, 429-450.
  • Nwokah, E. (2009). Play in Nigeria. In R. Carlisle & J. Golson (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of Play: A Social History. The Encyclopedia of Play. Sage.
  • Nwokah, E. (2009). The toy bag: an examination of its history and use in early intervention with infants and toddlers with special needs. In C. Dell Clark (Ed.) Vol. 9, Play and Culture Studies (pp. 166-182) Lanham, MD: University Press of America.
  • Nwokah, E. (2009). Historical changes in infant toys 1860-1930. In D. Kuschner (Ed.), Play and Culture Studies Vol. 8 (pp. 54-73). Lanham, MD: University Press of America.
  • Nwokah, E., & Ikekeonwu, C. (2007) Games, pastimes and toys in Sub-Sahara Africa. G. Hoppenstand (Ed.) The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture. (pp. 127-151) Westport, CT: Greenwood.
  • Nwokah, E., & Gulker, H. (2006) Emergent literacy for children with special needs; Developing positive interest in literacy experiences (Part II). Focus on Infants and Toddlers, 19, 1-8.
  • Nwokah, E., and Gulker, H. (2006) Emergent literacy for children with disabilities: Developing positive interest in literacy experiences (Part I). Focus on Infants & Toddlers, 18, 4-8.
  • Nwokah, E. (2003). Giggle time in the infant/toddler classroom: Learning and connecting through shared humor and laughter  Focus on Infants and Toddlers, 16(2), 1-8.
  • Nwokah, E., Hsu H., Davies P. & Fogel, A. (1999). The integration of laughter and speech: a dynamic systems perspective. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 42, 880-894.
  • Nwokah, E., & Ikekeonwu, C. (1998). A sociocultural comparison of Nigerian and American children's games. In Duncan, M.C., Chick, G., & Aycock, A. (Eds.) Diversions and Divergences in Fields of Play. Greenwich, CT: Ablex.
  • Fogel, A. Dickson, K. L., Hsu, H., Messinger, D. Nelson, G.C., & Nwokah, E. (1997). Communication of smiling and laughter in mother-infant play: research on emotion from a dynamic systems perspective. In K. Barrett (ed.) The Communication Of Emotion: Current Research from Diverse Perspectives. San Francisco: Josey-Bass.
  • Nwokah, E., Hsu, H., Dobrowolska, O., & Fogel, A. (1994). The development of laughter in mother-infant communication: timing parameters and temporal sequences. Infant Behavior and Development, 17, 23-35.
  • Fogel, A., Dedo, J.Y., Hsu, H. & Nwokah, E. (1993). Posture and communication: dynamics and development. In G. Savelsbergh (ed.) The Development of Coordination in Infancy. Advances in Psychology. New York: North Holland.
  • Nwokah, E., Davies, P., Islam, A., Hsu, H. & Fogel, A.(1993). Vocal affect in children: a quantitative acoustic analysis of child laughter. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 94(6), 3076-3090.
  • Nwokah, E., & Fogel, A. (1993). Laughter in mother-infant emotional communication. Humor, International Journal of Humor Research, 6 (2), 137-161.
  • Fogel, A., Nwokah, E., Dedo, J., Messinger, D., Dickerson L., Matusov, E., & Holt, S.A. (1992). Social process theory of emotion: a dynamic systems approach. Social Development, 1, 122-142.
  • Fogel, A., Nwokah, E., Dedo, J.Y., Messinger, D., Dickerson, K.L., Matusov, E., & Holt, S.A.(1992). Social process theory of emotion: a radical contextualist perspective. Social Development, 1, 147-150.
  • Fogel, A. Nwokah, E., & Karns, J. (1991). Parent-infant games as dynamic social systems. In K. B. MacDonald (ed.) Parents and Children Playing. Albany, N.Y.: Suny Press.
  • Nwokah, E. (1988). The imbalance of stuttering behavior in bilingual speakers. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 13, 357-373.
  • Nwokah, E. (1987). Maidese versus motherese: is the language input of child and adult caregivers similar? Language and Speech, 30(3), 213-237.
  • Nwokah, E. (1986). Substitution patterns in Igbo phonological acquisition. Language and Speech, 29( 2), 159-176.
  • Nwokah,  E. (1984). Simultaneous and sequential language acquisition in Nigerian children. First Language, 5, 57-73.
  • Nwokah, E. (1982). Once upon a time-aspects of story-telling in normal and retarded children. Language and Speech, 25(3), 293-298.
  • Nwokah, E. (1981). Information-processing and short-term memory in normal and retarded children. First Language, 2, 61-66.

Invited Articles

  • Nwokah, E. (1996). Some clinical and research reflections on fluency disorders-intervention with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. American  Speech  Language Hearing Association Division 14 (Communication disorders and sciences in culturally and linguistically diverse populations) Newsletter, June.

Referred Proceedings

  • Nwokah, E. & Fogel, A. (1989). Laughter in motherese - a descriptive study of mothers' free-play speech to babies.  In Proceedings of VIIth International Conference on Humor, West Lafayette.
  • Nwokah, E. (1984). Cultural attitudes and their influence on the psycholinguistic features of stammering. In Proceedings of XIXth Congress of  International Assoc. of Logopaedics and Phoniatrics, Edinburgh.

Book Reviews

  • Smart Play, Smart Toys by S. Auerbach, TASP (The Association for the Study of Play) Newsletter, 2006

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