I am a member of two interdisciplinary clinical research teams. One team is studying process theatre intervention to improve social skills and Theory of Mind in preschool children with autism spectrum disorders. The other team is studying longitudinal cognitive decline in people with ALS.
- M.A., Speech (Communication Disorders), Washington State University
- Ph.D., Communication Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison
After completing my Ph.D., I spent 10 years at University of Nebraska Medical Center serving in a number of roles including Director of the Hattie B. Munroe Augmentative Communication Center at Munroe-Meyer Institute. In 1998, I joined the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University as a clinical professor and Director of the Speech-Language Clinic. While at ASU, in addition to my administrative duties, I developed an Augmentative, Alternative Communication (AAC) clinical program, served on a local ALS clinic team and taught the graduate course in AAC. In 2008, I was recruited for a position at Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) in Baltimore, Maryland, where I served as the Program Director for the Achievements Preschool Program and supervisor of the speech-language pathology department at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). While at KKI I was a Co-Principal Investigator on two research grants (one NIH funded) examining treatments for minimally-verbal school-aged children with autism. I joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Utah in July, 2013 as the Director of the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and Director of Clinical Education in Speech-Language Pathology. In addition to my administrative duties; I supervise graduate students in speech-language pathology in providing assessment and intervention services to children and adults with complex communication needs and I teach the graduate course in AAC. I am also a member of the ALS clinic team in the department of Neurology. Additionally, I am a member of two interdisciplinary clinical research teams. One team is studying process theatre intervention to improve social skills and Theory of Mind in preschool children with autism spectrum disorders. The other team is studying longitudinal cognitive decline in people with ALS.