I am thrilled to be a member of the inaugural faculty of the new School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Pacific University. I recently completed my doctoral degree in the speech and hearing sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to beginning my doctoral studies, I worked for the Miami-Dade County public school system as an augmentative alternative communication (AAC) specialist and for a private practice in the South Florida area.
My research interests include the study of language and literacy for individuals with significant intellectual disabilities. Currently my work is focused on understanding how individuals with disabilities answer questions. In addition to my research, I am passionate about teaching speech-language pathology students about working with people with disabilities.
I am also excited to begin exploring the Pacific Northwest with my fiancée, Emily. In my spare time, I enjoy record and book shopping, seeing live music, and following Miami sports teams.