Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Office Address: 162 HHS
• Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2006
• M.S., University of Alabama, 1999
• B.S., Mercer University, 1997
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Since joining the WCU faculty in 2008, I’ve enjoyed a career teaching undergraduate and graduate courses associated with neurogenic speech and language disorders and anatomy and physiology of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing. Having specialized in adult neurogenic language disorders, WCU has provided a unique opportunity to establish therapy programs on campus and in nearby Asheville related to this area of interest. My primary research interest is aphasia, and one project currently beginning in the near future will investigate the role of cognitive impairment, specifically attention, in aphasia, and the impact of attentional impairments on treatment outcome.
Before joining the faculty at Western, I utilized every aspect of my speech-language pathology training working in various settings, including private practice, school districts, and several skilled nursing facilities. This vast clinical experience has given me greater insights into educating students to become expert clinicians regardless of the setting they choose. I received my academic training at the University of South Carolina where I took part in developing, implementing, and publishing several studies of aphasia utilizing functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging.