- Doctor of Philosophy, PH D, Purdue University Main Campus
- Master of Science, MS, Texas Tech University
- Bachelor of Science, BS, Texas Tech University
I received a B.S. and M.S. degree from Texas Tech University in Speech-Language Pathology and a Ph.D. in Child Language Development and Disorders from Purdue University. I began my academic career at the University of Montana and then moved to Case Western Reserve University where I served as Department Chair. I am currently a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Utah. I teach classes in phonological disorders in young children, cleft palate, and research methods. I was the PI on a multi-centered longitudinal study (funded by the NIH) of speech and language development of young children with cleft palate. I have an extensive record of scholarly publications and departmental, university, and professional service.
My early research focused on children with specific language impairment and more recently, on language and phonological development in young children with cleft palate. I am especially interested in the impact of clefting on the developing speech sound system, language skills of children with cleft palate, and the genetic bases of speech and language disorders.