My favorite part of teaching at GSU is
working with the CDIS students! I have enjoyed teaching, advising, and
mentoring the next generation of speech-language pathologists. Many of our
students in the Communication Disorders program are non-traditional students,
and I admire their ability to juggle their academic work with jobs and family
obligations. I know first-hand the challenges they face, since I was a
non-traditional student in my Ph.D. program. I respect our students’ dedication
in their path to becoming speech-language pathologists.
I also enjoy seeing the graduate students in the Communication Disorders
program grow academically. I taught a research methods course my first semester
at GSU, and taught many of the same students the following two semesters. I was
very proud of how well my students incorporated the principles of research into
their subsequent courses — Motor Speech Disorders and Fluency Disorders — by
critically appraising the research on evidence-based practices in both
My areas of research are non-verbal
communication skills of young children and adults with communication disorders.
I am currently developing a research project on childhood stuttering.
I completed my Ph.D. in 2013 and my
M.Ed. in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (MESA) at the University of Illinois
at Chicago (UIC) in 2011. I was an adjunct instructor at UIC and at St.
Xavier’s University in Chicago prior to joining
the faculty at GSU.
I have extensive clinical experience in
the field of speech-language pathology. I began my clinical career in the
public school system before moving to work with adults in skilled care
facilities and hospitals. I develop case studies for my classes based on
composites of clients that I have had the privilege to work with in my clinical
practice. This clinical background helps me to show students how to bridge
their academic knowledge with their future clinical practice.
In the spring of 2013, the Communication
Disorders Department became approved by the National Stuttering Association to
begin a support group for adults who stutter. As the GSU chapter leader, I
facilitated our first monthly meeting in April. Since that meeting, our
membership has grown to include GSU students, alumni, and adults from the
community. It is a great opportunity for
our graduate students to learn first-hand the challenges faced by adults who
stutter. Since I teach the course in Fluency Disorders, we incorporate what we
learn in the fluency support group into our coursework.
I enjoy bike riding, yoga classes, and
traveling to see friends when I have free time. I love networking opportunities
with other speech-language pathologists, so I recently joined an area group in
the south suburbs, and regularly attend our state conference, the Illinois
Speech-Language Hearing Association.
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