Eileen Brann, Ph.D., M.Ed.

  JOCCT10-101025 Adjunct Faculty
  708-534-4594 ext. 4594
  Office Location: F 1409
  Office Hours: 10 a.m. - 12 Noon on Tuesdays; and by appointment on Fridays
  College: CHHS
  Communication Disorders
  

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 clinical areas.  

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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