Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Faculty Directory

Gordon W. Blood, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor
f2x@psu.edu
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1978
Research Interests:

Social aspects (self-concept, perceived communicative competence, stigma, etc.) of fluency and fluency disorders in adolescents and adults; auditory dysfunction in children and adults who stutter; speech, language, and literacy disorders in children in the schools; perceptions of individuals with communication disabilities; job stress of SLPs in rural and urban areas.


Ingrid M. Blood, Ph.D., CCC-A
Professor
i2b@psu.edu
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1978
Research Interests:

Pediatric audiology, genetics of hearing loss, early hearing detection and intervention, psycho-social aspects of communication sciences and disorders; auditory dysfunction in children and adults who stutter; curriculum reform in undergraduate education.


Amanda Byrd, M.S., CCC-SLP
Clinical Instructor
ajb54@psu.edu
M.S. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
Research Interests:

Neurogenic speech and language disorders, aphasia, psycholinguistics, foreign accent modification, dysphagia, end of life issues in healthcare.


Jessica Caron, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
jgc169@psu.edu
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2016
Research Interests:

My research interests include maximizing communication competence and enhancing quality of life for individuals who have significant speech and language impairments and require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) through: (a) improvement of literacy outcomes, (b) use of mainstream communication modalities (e.g., access to social media or mobile technology), and (c) enhancement of design and use of high tech communication methods.


Sommar Ane Chilton, M.Ed
Instructor, Penn State Sign Language Organization Adviser
sah152@psu.edu
M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh, 1997
Research Interests:

Deaf culture.


Jessica Currall, M.S., CCC-SLP
AAC Research and Outreach Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor
jmc447@psu.edu
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 2002
Research Interests:

Contributing toward research, assessment, and intervention for individuals with complex communication needs (CCNs) who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) including sign, low-tech supports such as picture references/exchange or communication boards, and high-tech systems including speech generating devices.


Kathryn D. R. Drager, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
kdd5@psu.edu
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1999
Research Interests:

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for individuals with severe expressive communication disorders, autism, listeners' comprehension of synthetic speech, and assessment and intervention for individuals with severe disabilities or challenging behaviors.


Nicole Etter, Ph.D., CCC/SLP
Assistant Professor
nme2@psu.edu
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2014
Research Interests:

Research Interests

My primary area of interest is related to orofacial somatosensation and low-level force assessments in healthy young and aging groups, as well as adult neurologically impaired populations. The aim of this line of inquiry is to describe the relationship between sensation and movement in the orofacial region, how this relationship may change as a feature of healthy aging or a neurologic disorder. A long term goal of this research is to improve assessment and treatments for individuals with (sensori) motor speech disorders as a result of neurologic injury.

Additional areas of interest include:
 

  • Applications of Engagement Theory in the neurorehabilitation setting to increase client/clinician report, attention and motivation in therapists, patients and families and to explore how principles of Engagement Theory could be used to increase neuroplastic changes
  • Using qualitative methodologies to develop a valid and reliable quality of life index for older adults with voice disorders.

Erinn H. Finke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor
enh109@psu.edu
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2008
Research Interests:

My research is focused on improving communication outcomes and enhancing quality of life for individuals who have ASD and/or complex communication needs and require AAC. Specific interests:

  • training and instruction for relevant stakeholders including parents, siblings, teachers, related service providers and peers;
  • investigating the professional/family teaming process to improve collaborative and evidence-based decision making and intervention planning;
  • developing interventions to improve social interaction between young children with ASD and young children who require AAC and their typically developing peers;
  • how variables related to the individual child affect language intervention outcomes.

Constance Kossan, M.A., CCC-SLP
Instructor, Clinical Supervisor
cik4@psu.edu
M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1991
Research Interests:

Current interests include adult fluency, voice and cognitive/communicative assessment and therapy, and student instruction and advising.


Eileen Kowalski, M.S., CCC-SLP
Clinical Instructor
emk15@psu.edu
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1988
Research Interests:

Current interests include: child articulation and phonology, child language and auditory processing disorders, child and adult traumatic brain injury and adult language disorders.


Anne Marie Kubat, M.S., CCC-SLP
Clinical Instructor and Clinic Coordinator
axk61@psu.edu
M.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1984
Research Interests:

Mrs. Kubat's primary areas of clinical interest are in the areas of evaluation and treatment of aphasia, language and cognitive deficits secondary to traumatic brain injury, speech and voice deficits secondary to Parkinson’s disease, and pronunciation training for individuals who speak English as a second language. In addition, she has an interest in the supervision and training of graduate student clinicians, and developing community partnerships with the university.


Ji Min Lee, Ph. D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
jxl91@psu.edu
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010
Research Interests:

My broad research goal is to examine and expand the foundational science and principles of speech production as well as the subsequent clinical applications for speakers with dysarthria. My research is focused on speech production to examine and develop strategies and procedures for the clinical management of dysarthria.

Specific Interests:
• Relationship among articulatory kinematics, speech acoustics, and speech intelligibility
• Identification of comprehensive production variables that predict speech intelligibility in individuals with dysarthria
• Investigating how to enhance speech production in individuals with dysarthria secondary to various neurological conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and cerebral palsy.


Janice C. Light, Ph.D
The Hintz Family Endowed Chair in Children's Communicative Competence
jcl4@psu.edu
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1990
Research Interests:

My research is focused on improving communication outcomes and enhancing quality of life for individuals who have significant speech and language impairments and require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) (e.g., signs, communication boards, voice output assistive technologies). Specifically, I am involved in a series of multidisciplinary collaborative research projects designed to:

  1. Enhance language development for beginning communicators who require AAC
  2. Improve literacy outcomes with individuals who require AAC
  3. Enhance the communicative competence of people who require AAC
  4. Improve employment outcomes for people who require AAC
  5. Improve the design of AAC technologies for individuals with significant speech and motor impairments

Elise M. Lindquist, M.S. CCC-SLP
Clinical Instructor and Externship Coordinator
emv5013@psu.edu
M.S., Minnesota State University Moorhead
Research Interests:

Mrs. Lindquist’s current clinical interests include early intervention, augmentative and alternative communication, pediatric traumatic brain injury, childhood apraxia of speech, language development in children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, pediatric motor speech disorders, and the impact of sensory processing disorder on language development in pediatric patients.


Carol A. Miller, Ph.D.
Professor
cam47@psu.edu
Ph.D (Psychology), University of Pennsylvania, 1994
Research Interests:

My research interests are focused around typical and atypical language development, particularly children with specific language impairment; cognitive processes in communication disorders, with emphasis on speed of processing and working memory in children and adults with language disorders; and bilingual language development. I use behavioral and electrophysiological methods. Member of the Center for Language Science.


Leslie Purcell, Au.D.
Instructor
lxp80@psu.edu
Au.D., Salus University, 2007
Research Interests:

Barbara Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP
Clinical Instructor
bar8@psu.edu
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1987
Research Interests:

Current interests include: child articulation and phonology, child language, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication with individuals across the lifespan


Chaleece W. Sandberg, Ph.D., CCC/SLP
Assistant Professor
cws18@psu.edu
Ph.D., Boston University, 2014
Research Interests:

Finding ways of optimizing language therapy for adult language disorders, with a primary interest in aphasia. Specifically, exploring what neuroplastic processes are taking place during successful therapy and how to enhance these processes. Additionally, exploring how cortical reorganization due to aging affects the way we interpret the cortical reorganization that results from language therapy.


Joel Waters, M.A.
Academic Adviser, Instructor
joelwaters@psu.edu
M.A., Villanova University, 2013
Research Interests:

Kelly Webb, M.S., CCC-SLP
Instructor
kdw5@psu.edu
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1986
Research Interests:

Krista Wilkinson, Ph.D.
Professor
kmw22@psu.edu
Ph.D., Georgia State University, 1993
Research Interests:

Dr. Wilkinson studies early communication and language in learners with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Her main interests include vocabulary learning as well as the use of visual supports in communication and education. Dr. Wilkinson served as Editor for American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (2014-2016) and as Editor-in-Chief for 2017.  She has also served as Associate Editor at Augmentative and Alternative Communication and the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.  Dr. Wilkinson is an affiliated faculty with the Child Study Center at Penn State (http://csc.psych.psu.edu/people/csc-directory/kmw22) and holds an adjunct appointment at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (https://profiles.umassmed.edu/display/130632).


Diane L. Williams, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor and Head, Program Director
dlw81@psu.edu
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1999
Research Interests:

My primary area of interest is in language processing, reciprocal communication, social cognition, memory, and learning in autism spectrum disorders using behavioral measures and functional magnetic resonance imaging. My work in this area is interdisciplinary in nature, therefore, I work across the fields of communication sciences and disorders, neurology, psychology, and cognitive science.


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