I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Governors State University. As a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist (SLP), the majority of my clinical experiences have been as a medical SLP. My clinical focus has centered around medically complex populations: neurodegenerative diseases, trach and vent dependent patients, and head and neck cancer.
My background as a practicing medical SLP has shaped my current research that is clinically driven, collaborative, and interdisciplinary in nature. I prioritize involving undergraduate and graduate students in my research to promote their interest and exposure to clinical research and multidisciplinary collaboration. I enjoy mentoring undergraduate and graduate research projects. My research interests include interdisciplinary dysphagia management, interprofessional education and curriculum implementation, and ethical clinical decision-making.
My clinical research and outreach endeavors are founded in serving my community: I grew up and currently live in the southwest Chicago suburbs. Professionally, I enjoy volunteering for the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA). I am currently the Vice President Elect for the Division of Professional & Consumer Communication, the Voice & Motor Speech Convention Track Chair, and I am a member of the Ethics Education Committee. I also volunteer for the Oral Cancer Foundation.
CDIS 7200: Voice & Resonance Disorders
CDIS 7700: Motor Speech Disorders: Differential Diagnosis & Treatment
CDIS 7800: Dysphagia in Adults & Children
CDIS 8200: Foundations of Clinical Practice