Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Office Address: 160 HHS
- Ph.D., Florida State University, 2006
- M.S., Florida State University, 1999
- B.S., Florida State University, 1997
As an assistant professor here at Western Carolina University, my areas of interest include assessment and intervention with the preschool population, primarily in the areas of language and emergent literacy. I recognize the value of the involvement of families in the intervention and early learning processes and strive to promote family-centered services in my clinical and research efforts. Additionally, I have a passion for the involvement of SLPs in early literacy intervention for struggling readers, recognizing the benefits of collaborative teams that include teachers, reading specialists, and SLPs.
Before joining the faculty at WCU, I served as the state consultant for speech and language impairments with the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee. In this position, I was involved in policy development, professional education and training, and the provision of technical support to school districts across the state. I also served as a school-based SLP for a number of years before pursuing my doctorate at Florida State University. These experiences have enabled me to share my passion for the SLP's potential roles at the school, district, state, and federal levels.
Currently, I teach undergraduate students in the areas of speech and language development, as well as the clinical process, which enables students to prepare for the graduate school experience. At the graduate level, my teaching includes courses in literacy assessment and intervention. Additionally, I am committed to hands-on educational experiences for graduate students, primarily in diagnosis, assessment, and intervention with the preschool and early elementary populations.
In addition to teaching, I am involved in efforts that provide service to the community as well as research opportunities. For the past five years, I and a team of graduate clinicians have implemented an after-school literacy camp at a local elementary school, which involved collaboration with the school's SLP and Title I Reading Director. The camp has focused on intervention for struggling readers in kindergarten and first grade. We plan for this project to continue in the coming year. .
I am passionate about the potential impact of SLPs on the lives of young children and their families. If you would like to learn more about my efforts and/or participate in a project, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When not at work, I enjoy hiking, playing tennis, cooking with my husband, Bryan, and spending time with my 1-year-old daughter, Charis. I also love to read, as well as make jewelry. Spending time with my extended family is a favorite, too! In fact, my parents and brother and sister-in-law, along with my 2-year-old nephew recently relocated to North Carolina. My family keeps me balanced, which I believe should be a priority in life!