Dr. Hayley ArnoldAssistant Professor Music and Speech
Area: HS - SPAharnold5@kent.edu
When I started college, I knew that I loved language - foreign language that is - and began my career studying German and Japanese. Then I discovered a fascination for psychology, particularly in the area of personality and emotion. When I learned about careers in speech-language pathology, I found the perfect fit for my interests in language and psychology as well as an opportunity to help people.
While getting my master's degree in communication sciences and disorders, I developed a passion to learn about what causes, maintains and aggravates stuttering. Following this passion led me to study it in doctoral and postdoctoral research. Presently, I am interested in investigating a multifactorial stuttering model, which takes into account emotional, linguistic and motor factors that may impact onset and maintenance of stuttering.
Lisa AudetAssistant Professor A104 Music & Speech
Area: HS - SPAlaudet@kent.edu
Mrs. Lynn Berk, M.A.Clinical Instructor 22042 English Language Proficiency Clinic
Area: HS - SPAlberk1@kent.edu
I received my B.A. in Social Sciences from The Ohio State University and my M.A. in Speech Pathology from Cleveland State University. I began working as a speech language pathologist for the Kirtland Local School District. During this time I also coordinated and directed summer speech programs for preschool children through the East Shore Educational Service Center. Additionally I have worked with adults in long term care settings addressing the needs of cognition and dysphagia for stroke, brain injury, alzheimer, parkinson and dementia patients. I have developed and published two remedial programs; Testing and Remediating Auditory Processing for preschool and elementary students and R and L Stories Galore, a remedial articulation program for upper elementary to middle school students. I have also worked for Professional Staffing Innovations as a therapist in the Parochial School setting, focusing on phonological and phonemic awareness, phonology and articulation, auditory and language processing and reading and literacy skills. I began working part time for the Speech Pathology and Audiology department at Kent as a speech liason university supervisor for student teaching. Currently I am a speech and language clinical instructor for the English Language Proficiency Clinic (ELPC) working with international students and graduate students from the Speech Pathology and Audiology Department.
Dr. Sloane BurgessAssistant Professor 406G
Area: LDES - SPED - SPAsburges8@kent.edu
After graduating with my B.A. in psychology, I took a job working at a residential program for children who had been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. There I met a child unlike any I had ever met before; he loved to spell but barely spoke, didn't seem interested in developing friendships but enjoyed predictable interaction routines, and could, and frequently did, curl himself into a tiny ball and hide in small cubbies and crevices. Although I did not know it then, I learned during my graduate studies that he most likely was a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I was intrigued by this young man and as part of my graduate coursework had the opportunity to participate in an NIMH sponsored internship with the TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped CHildren) Program in Chapel Hill, working with individual with ASD. Upon graduation, I worked as a TEACCH Psychoeducational Specialist in Asheville, North Carolina for 10 years. During this time, I had the opportunity to work with individuals with ASD of all ages and their families in a variety of roles and settings. I came to Northeast Ohio to complete my doctoral degree and continued to work with individual with ASD, and their families and the professionals who support them, as an Educational Consultant. I currently serve as an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment between the departments of Special Education and Speech Pathology and Audiology at the Kent Campus. My research and professional interests include understanding how individuals with ASD evaluate their quality of life and predictors of positive ratings of quality of life, the implementation of visual strategies to support learning, positive behavior, and communication skills in school-aged students with ASD, lifespan support for individuals with ASD, and the efficacy of early intervention programs for preschool aged students with ASD.
Mrs. Shelly FrancisClinical Instructor A104 Music & Speech
Area: HS - SPAsfrancis@kent.edu
I have been employed by Kent State University since 1993. I am Coordinator of Speech-Language Services and a clinical instructor in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. My areas of special interest include speech disorders (particularly verbal dyspraxia), and the relationship between speech and language skills in children and performance in language arts areas (reading, spelling, writing, and phonological awareness).
Dr. Sue Grogan-JohnsonAssistant Professor A142 Music & Speech
Area: HS - SPAsgrogan1@kent.edu
I earned a B.S. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master's degree from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. from Kent State University all in the area of speech-language pathology. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, I remain a Steelers fan. :0)
I teach courses related to language disorders in children and adults, coordinate the public schools practicum sites for SPA graduate students and teach coursework related to speech pathology services in the educational setting. I also coordinate a speech-language pathology telehealth project on the KSU campus.
My research interest is in the area of telehealth applications for the provision of speech-language pathology services.
John HawksAssociate Professor A104 Music & Speech
Area: HS - AUD - SPAjhawks@kent.edu
Although my Bachelor's degree as a voice major in Music Education at Washburn University (Topeka, KS) prepared me to teach K-12 music, I never taught. Instead, I pursued opportunities in consumer audio electronics. After co-owning a speaker retailing and audio electronics manufacturing business and then wanting something more, I discovered Audiology. This lead to a M.S. in Audiology and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences at Central Institute for the Deaf, the Speech & Hearing Department of Washington University in St. Louis, and eventually to Kent State in 1991. Although I am an audiologist and teach courses in instrumentation, psychoacoustics, clinical audiology, and the effects of noise, my major research interests are in speech perception. My goal to combine my interests in audiology, speech perception and electronics has lead to a research focus investigating ways to improve upon speech processing strategies for manufacturers of cochlear implants, an electronic prosthesis that provides the severe-profoundly deaf with the ability to hear. More recently, our joint doctoral (Au.D.) program in Audiology with The University of Akron has provided considerable opportunities and challenges in taking our profession to a new level.
Dr. Kate KrivalAssistant Professor A148 Music & Speech
Area: HS - SPAckrival@kent.edu
My current research interests are focused on oral, pharyngeal and laryngeal sensorimotor function for swallowing and related activities of the upper aerodigestive system. I am also interested in clinical research targeting interventions for swallowing disorders in adults with neurogenic dysphagia (swallowing disorder). I teach our graduate Dysphagia, Voice, Dysarthria and Cognitive-Communication courses as well as our undergraduate Anatomy & Physiology and Neural Processes courses. I continue to practice clinically, and believe that my frequent experiences with patients greatly inform my teaching and research.
Mark KrummAssociate Professor A104 Music & Speech
Area: HS - AUDmkrumm@kent.edu
I obtained both my bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Wyoming and specialized in the field of audiology. After a four year period as an educational audiologist, I enrolled in the Ph.D. program at Wichita State University in Kansas. My dissertation was focused on the maturation of late auditory evoked potentials in children and I completed my doctoral studies in 1990. My first university appointment was in the temperate climate of North Dakota at Minot State University (MSU). During my nine years at MSU, I became active in telehealth research conducting some of the early research studies in audiology using this medium. I moved to Logan, Utah in 2000 to work at Utah State University and began a study in which I delivered comprehensive hearing services to infants 100 miles away from my office. Also, during this period of time, I became the American Speech Language and Hearing Association chair of the telepractice working group which generated guidelines for the use of telehealth technology for audiologists and for speech language pathologists. I just recently relocated to Kent State University this summer and hope to continue in telehealth research and early intervention research.
Dr. Pamela MitchellAssociate Professor
Area: HS - SPAPmitchel@Kent.edu
I was a first generation college student who knew I wanted to become a speech language pathologist since high school. I fell in love with this field then, and many years later still feel it is one of the absolute best careers one could have. At KSU, I specialize in Complex Communication Disorders and Technology related to speech language pathology. I teach undergraduate and graduate classes, conduct research and participate on committees and other projects.
Barb PierceInstructor A104 Music & Speech
I have been a clinical instructor in speech-language pathology at the Kent State University Speech and Hearing Clinic since the fall of 2004. I had previously been employed as a clinical supervisor at the University of Akron and Case Western Reserve Mental Development Center. I had also worked as a speech-language pathologist at several agencies in the Cleveland-Akron area including Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, United Cerebral Palsy Association, United Disabilities Services, Easter Seals, PSI Associates, Consultation Services for Individuals with Special Needs, Summit County Headstart, and Professional Nursing Service. In addition, I provided speech and language services in a private practice. I received my B.A. from Cleveland State University and my M.A. from Case Western Reserve University and completed additional post-master's coursework at Case Western Reserve. My areas of interest include speech and language disorders in children with multiple diagnoses, speech sound disorders (phonological and articulation disorders and verbal dyspraxia), and the supervisory process in the training of
Dr. Myrna Powell-McMunnInstructor A122 MSP
Area: HS - AUDmapowell@kent.edu
Lynne RowanSchool Director 100 Nixson
Area: - SPAlrowan@kent.edu
I have three degrees in the field of speech pathology and audiology. I received my B.S. from Kent State University, my M.A. from the University of Connecticut, and my PhD from Purdue. Prior to returning for my Ph.D., I worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Cleveland Public Schools, the University of Iowa Hospitals, and the St. Paul Public Schools. My interest has always been in the area of language acquisition and language disorders in children. After completing my Ph.D., I worked at the University of Illinois with faculty across a number of departments and disciplines during which time we developed an early intervention transdisciplinary model for educating graduate students to work with children 0- 3. While at Kent I have been able to continue this area of interest through work with the Family Child Learning Center (FCLC) and with the Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, and School Psychology programs here on campus. Research interests include comprehension strategies, vocabulary development, and phonological awareness skills in young children and the interaction of language development and literacy. Most recently I have been involved in the development of model intervention programs in the areas of phonological awareness and oral/written language skills. I am active in ASHA, CEC, OSLHA, and OSSPEAC.
Dr. Anna SchmidtAssociate Professor 108 Nixson Hall
Area: HS - SPAaschmidt@kent.edu
As the child of a military family, I heard and tried to speak different languages early in life. I discovered that I could study how people understand and talk to each other at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. I received a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in sociolinguistics. Further graduate education led me to the University of Florida at Gainesville where I received the equivalent of a second M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and a Ph.D. in Speech Research. I teach courses in Articulation/Phonology and Maxillofacial Anomalies and supervise students in the English Language Proficiency Clinic. I am also a member of the Craniofacial Team at Akron Children's Hospital. My research interests lie in the areas of speech perception and production, specifically in possibilities of reorganization of an organized normal speech system.