Dr. Stockman held clinical, teaching and research positions in multiple professional settings before beginning a teaching career at MSU in 1983. She was jointly appointed in MSU’s Departments of Communicative Sciences and Disorders and Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education where she taught courses on human development, phonetics, multicultural issues and communication disorders.
Across a career spanning four decades of research, teaching and professional services, Dr Stockman’s work focused on three areas, which include (1) the typical and atypical development of children who acquire minority languages such as African American English, (2) the role of the movement senses (tactile – kinesthetic- proprioceptive) in the cognition and language of children with typical development and those with atypical development on the autism spectrum and (3) the interface of human and machine learning and development. She has made more than 200 scholarly contributions to these areas inclusive of refereed and invited journal articles, conferences and workshops at local, state, national and international venues. She also has rendered services to more than two-dozen professional boards/task forces and reviewed manuscripts for more than a dozen journals.
Since her retirement in 2007, Dr. Stockman has continued to do research, consulting and mentoring. Her current research includes a focus on natural oral language analysis as a least-biased venue for identifying typical developmental milestones among young speakers of minority languages such as African American English and exploring the viability of a minimal competence core notion for creating usable protocols for assessing their language.