Amanda Stead is an assistant professor in the College of Education in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her PhD was completed at Louisiana State University in 2011 with a focus on the relationship between language, assessment, and Alzheimer's Disease. Her passion for working with dementia patients comes from personal family experience and from her experiences in long-term care settings. It is her personal goal to educate students and the community about the important role speech-langauge pathologists play in the care of dementia patients.
In addition to teaching a course in progressive illness and dementia, Dr. Stead teaches graduate courses in communication and aging, counseling and aphasia. She was recently awarded a teaching award from the Oregon Speech-Langauge and Hearing Association (2013). Her current research examines the relationships between technology, discourse, aging and dementia. It is her hope to develop more patient-friendly assessments of memory and language to minimize patient distress and increase clinical preparedness.
She is active in her community and enjoys providing students with opportunities to interact with older individuals. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, craft, and work in the garden.