As an incoming speech-language pathology student, you may not be certain about what area of speech pathology you would like to go into. Speech-language pathology is a diverse field full of careers that can be tailored to your specific interests- whether your interests are a type of setting, a specific population, or a particular condition.

To help you get a taste of what is out there, we have launched a series of faculty interviews with professors from various Master’s in SLP programs so you can learn more about the work and research being done in the field. These professors have engaged in amazing research in a wide range of speech and language topics- research that is shaping the way we understand speech and how treatment for speech and language conditions evolves.


Dr. O'Neil-Pirozzi

Therese O’Neil-Pirozzi, ScD, CCC-SLP

Dr. O’Neil-Pirozzi is an associate professor in Bouvé College’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northeastern University. Her teaching, research, and service are clinically based and extend across the lifespan. Her areas of focus include: language and health literacy of low income families, brain neuroplasticity, and effects of brain injury on survivors and families.

Dr. PerryDr. Jamie Perry

Dr. Perry is the Department Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Carolina University. Dr. Perry’s research uses MRI and 3D computer technology to study the velopharyngeal anatomy and physiology to further understand speech variations among those with cleft palate.


Dr. Chiou

Dr. Hsinhuei Sheen Chiou

Hsinhuei Sheen Chiou is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services at MNSU, Mankato. Her research and clinical areas include language-cognitive communication disorders in adults with neurogenic disorders. Sheen runs Acquired Communicative and Cognitive Rehabilitation Research lab focusing on aphasia and cognitive rehabilitation.

Dr. Christine Maul of USC FresnoDr. Christine Maul

Dr. Christine Maul is an associate professor at California State University, Fresno. She is the co-author of two textbooks in the field of communicative disorders and has published peer-reviewed articles in the areas of family-centered service delivery, child language disorders, and multicultural issues. She is also the parent of a 35-year-old adult son with autism spectrum disorder, who is the inspiration for her work.

Dr. Terry BaggsDr. Terry Baggs

Dr. Baggs is Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Abilene Christian University. He teaches neurogenic disorders and research methodology and has practiced for over 30 years in both acute-care and rehabilitation facilities. His recent research has been on the predictive value of variables for graduate school admissions and how personality relates to clinical services.

Dr. Abby HemmerichDr. Abby Hemmerich

Abby Hemmerich is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She teaches in the areas of voice, speech science, and accent addition. Her research interests include voice therapy efficacy, vocal tremor and spasmodic dysphonia, and teaching pedagogy and student engagement.


Dr. Angela LosardoDr. Angela Losardo

Dr. Losardo is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Appalachian State University. She started the Theatre and Therapy Program, an interprofessional collaboration between the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) and Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University. 


Dr. Fabiano-SmithDr. Leah Fabiano-Smith

Leah Fabiano-Smith’s research focuses on phonological acquisition and disorders in bilingual Spanish-English speaking children and clinical issues related to culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Dr. Fabiano-Smith is the Director of the University of Arizona Bilingual Certificate Program in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.


Dr. Jessica CaronDr. Jessica Caron

Dr. Jessica Caron is an Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Penn State University. Her work is focused on improving outcomes for learners with high-intensity needs who require AAC. More specifically her research seeks to improve poor literacy outcomes for individuals who use AAC.


Dr. Joy GoodDr. Joy Good

Dr. Joy Good is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Arkansas State University. She has over 20 years of experience in the field –including nearly a decade as a public school-based clinician. Her research focus deals with written language issues pertaining to the school-age population.


Dr. Kerri PhillipsDr. Kerri Phillips

Kerri Phillips, SLP.D. is a Professor and Program Director of the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology at Louisiana Tech University.  Dr. Phillips is a member and current President-Elect of the Board of Directors of the National Council of the State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.


Dr. Lee-JamesDr. Ryan Lee-James

Ryan Lee-James, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY and a speech-language pathologist certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her work contributes to the larger body of research that is focused on better understanding the impact of African American English dialect use on assessment and treatment of language disorders for children reared in poverty.



Dr. Ding

Dr. Ruiying Ding

Ruiying Ding, PhD CCC-SLP is a professor at Elmhurst college’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Prior to her academic appointment, she had worked as a speech-language pathologist for five years in various clinical settings, including an acute care hospital, sub-acute rehabilitation center, long-term rehabilitation center, and pediatric outpatient clinic.

Dr. Stephanie De AndaDr. Stephanie De Anda

Stephanie De Anda, PhD CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders and Sciences at the University of Oregon. Her research interests include understanding language acquisition in typically and atypically developing English- and Spanish-speaking monolingual and bilingual children. She has expertise in several measures of language acquisition in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. 

Dr. Brammer

Dr. Mitzy Brammer

Mitzi Brammer, PhD, CCC-SLP has been in communication sciences and disorders for 32 years. Prior to teaching at the University level, she was a speech-language pathologist in the public schools. She is  assistant professor and graduate program director at Saint Louis University. Her research interests include language and literacy connections, student resilience, and generational differences in learning in higher education.


Dr. Zraick


Dr. Richard Zraick

Dr. Richard Zraick is Professor and Director, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, at the University of Central Florida. His professional foci are voice disorders, health communication, healthcare simulation, and interprofessional education. He is an ASHA Fellow.


Dr. Hudock

Dr. Dan Hudock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Hudock, a person who stutters himself, is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Idaho State University.  His areas of research include psycho- emotional-social aspects of fluency disorders, interprofessional collaborations with mental health professionals, and the neuroscience of speech perception and production in people who stutter using high-density EEG. 

Dr. Barone

Dr. Nicholas Barone

Dr. Barone is an assistant professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at the University of Virginia. He researches voice disorders, dysphagia and neuroanatomy and physiology. He is Director of the Neurophysiology of Voice, Communication, and Cognition Lab where he uses fNIRS to study changes in cortical activation patterns related to learning and voice production and perception.

Dr. Laures Gore

Dr. Jacqueline Laures-Gore

Dr. Laures-Gore is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Georgia State University. She directs the Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders Research Lab at Georgia State University. Her research interests include aphasia, stress, integrative health, depression, as well as dysarthria and prosody. She has over 40 peer-reviewed publications in these areas. 

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Camp Yakety Yak

Camp Yakety Yak is a social skills day camp supporting friendship development in children with special needs. They currently serve 171 children and adolescents with 220 staff including college and graduate students, teen camp counselors, as well as professionals in speech pathology, general & special education, occupational therapy, school counseling, school psychology, behavioral intervention, and nursing.


Dr. Hoag

Dr. Linda Hoag, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Linda Hoag is a Professor in the Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Kansas State University. She teaches voice disorders, cleft palate, and speech science. Her practice focuses on voice disorders, paradoxical vocal fold motion, transgender voice and communication, and cleft palate. She researches voice disorders, transgender voice and communication, and augmentative and alternative communication.

Rebecca Lulai

Rebecca (Becky) Lulai, M.A., CCC-SLP

Rebecca Lulai is Director of Clinical Programs in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She has worked with graduate students in speech-language pathology as a clinical supervisor, instructor, and now as director of clinical programs. Prior to working at the university she worked with children and adults with communication disorders in various settings including schools, hospitals, clinics and skilled nursing. When she isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her family and curling up with a good book.


Dr. Davidow

Dr. Jason Davidow, Ph.D.

Dr. Davidow is an Associate Professor at Hofstra University. His research interests include stuttering treatment outcomes, speech production changes during fluency-inducing conditions, the anticipation of stuttering, and stuttering measurement. Dr. Davidow teaches graduate courses in Research Design and Fluency Disorders. He also teaches the following undergraduate courses: Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Introduction to Communication Disorders, and Exploring the Communication Sciences.


Dr. McCarthy

Dr. John McCarthy

Dr. McCarthy is an Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at Ohio University. He researches developing better computer user interfaces and expanding creative possibilities for those with complex communication needs. Experiences as a school-based SLP, a background in voice performance, and an interest in technology have been major influences in his career.

Dr. Kamhi

Dr. Alan Kamhi

Alan G. Kamhi is a Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. His early research focused on linguistic and cognitive abilities of children with specific language impairments (SLI) and mental handicaps. Later research focused on language-learning disabilities, culminating  in a book co-edited with Hugh Catts, on language and reading disabilities.

Dr. Poll

Dr. Gerard (Trace) Poll, Ph.D, CCC-SLP

Dr. Poll is an Associate Professor in the Speech Pathology and Audiology department at Miami University. He is interested in developing better assessment practices and better defining the cognitive and linguistic characteristics of language-learning disorders. He is interested in developing tools to assist adolescents with disabilities to be better prepared for the transition from K-12 education to adult settings.


Dr. Dudding

Dr.  Carol Dudding, PhD CCC-SLP CHSE

Dr. Dudding is an associate professor and director of the online masters degree program at James Madison University. She is a Distinguished Scholar in the National Academies of Practice in recognition of her work in interprofessional education. Carol is a nationally Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Her research interests include the use of technology for clinical education. Her current work is in the area of virtual simulations.

Dr. Hinckley

Dr.  Jackie Hinckley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Jackie Hinckley is an associate professor of speech-language pathology at Nova Southeastern University She is board certified in Neurogenic Communication Disorders (ANCDS). She is Board Certified in Neurogenic Communication Disorders by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) and has served as an Executive and Advisory Board member of the National Aphasia Association.

Dr. Farinella

Dr.  Kimberly Farinella, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Farinella is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northern Arizona University, and Clinic Director of the Northern Arizona University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.  Dr. Farinella completed her doctoral training at the University of Arizona, and her post-doctoral fellowship in the Division of Speech Pathology, Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her research interests include treatment efficacy for childhood apraxia of speech, and the systematic study of the principles of motor learning. 

Lisa M. Geary

Professor Lisa Geary

Lisa M. Geary is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Towson University. She has over 25 years of experience in the field, including work in the public school, outpatient clinic, and private practice settings. Her research and clinical interests include Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Language and Literacy, Autism and Related Disorders, and Clinical Supervision/Interprofessional Education. 

Dr. Sarah Wallace PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Wallace is a certified speech-language pathologist at Duquesne University with clinical experience providing services to individuals with acquired communication disorders. Dr. Wallace conducts clinical research aimed at improving the quality of life for individuals with communication impairments following traumatic brain injury and aphasia.

Dr. Amy Tepper, CCC-SLP

Dr. Tepper is a faculty member of Baldwin Wallace University. She researches developing and enacting innovative instructional methods towards mitigating potentially disabling barriers in education, creating  supportive classroom learning environments, facilitating equitable student access to educational resources, and meeting the educational needs of underserved and vulnerable populations effectively.

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