I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Governors State University. I joined the faculty at GSU in 2017 as a Visiting Professor and since that time have taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. In the undergraduate program, I have taught Introduction to Communication Disorders, Child Language Development: Early Stages and Methods in Assessment & Intervention and in the graduate program, I have taught Language & Literacy Disorders: Early and Advanced Assessment & Intervention. I also have run Prevention activities in the CDIS department for our graduate students and community partners which consists of providing speech, language and hearing screenings to children and adults. Additionally, I have acted in the role of GSU Supervisor to graduate students who are placed in their off-campus practicum experiences and have advised many of those students through their single-subject research design capstone projects.
I am a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist and a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Illinois Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ISHA). I have more than 19 years of experience working clinically with the low incidence, early childhood population within the school setting. I also hold a school service personal certificate (Type 73) from the Illinois Department of Education. I co-advise the GSU chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA).
My research interests lie heavily on my dissertation topic: Using a Core Vocabulary Intervention to Improve Communication of Language-Delayed Students Using AAC (Manuscript in preparation). I am diligent in my passion to provide the non-verbal or severely language-delayed child an efficient and effective mode of communication. I am happy to serve GSU and its surrounding community partners, including the Family Development Center (FDC) that is part of our campus, and plan to further my research initiative through service provided to the constituencies enrolled in such places.
Lastly, and perhaps most interestingly, I am a GSU alum. I received my Master of Health Science degree in the area of Communication Disorders here in 1999 and have been diligently working in the field ever since. It’s humbling to come full circle and empowering to continue serving our field in a way that encourages and prepares others to embark on their own journey into one of the best professions around.