Danielle Osmelak, EdD, MS, CCC- SLP/L, FNAP

  Assistant Professor
  708-235-7532 ext. 7532
  Office Location:

  F Building 1419  

  Office Hours: By appointment
  College: CHHS

Communication Disorders


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Governors State University. As a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist (SLP), the majority of my clinical experiences have been as a medical SLP. My clinical focus has centered around medically complex populations: neurodegenerative diseases, trach and vent dependent patients, and head and neck cancer.

My background as a practicing medical SLP has shaped my current research that is clinically driven, collaborative, and interdisciplinary in nature. I prioritize involving undergraduate and graduate students in my research to promote their interest and exposure to clinical research and interdisciplinary collaboration. I enjoy mentoring undergraduate and graduate research projects. My research interests include interdisciplinary dysphagia management, interprofessional education and curriculum implementation, and ethical clinical decision-making.


My clinical research and outreach endeavors are founded in serving my community: I grew up and currently live in the southwest Chicago suburbs. Professionally, I enjoy volunteering for the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA). I am currently the Vice President for the Division of Professional & Consumer Communication and I am a member of the Ethics Education Committee. I also volunteer for the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Frequently Taught Courses:
CDIS 7200: Voice & Resonance Disorders
CDIS 7700: Motor Speech Disorders: Differential Diagnosis & Treatment
CDIS 7800: Dysphagia in Adults & Children
CDIS 8200: Foundations of Clinical Practice

CDIS 8900: Graduate Thesis Project