I was excited to join the College of Education faculty in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Fall 2012. I am passionate about teaching and clinical practice in the area of adult/medical speech-language pathology. With expertise in cognitive rehabilitation, evidence-based practices, motor speech disorders, dysphagia (swallowing disorders), and scholarship of teaching and learning, my scholarship advances best practices for adults with acquired brain injury.
I am passionate about interprofessional practice, collaboration, and community service. My research focuses on assistive technologies that support memory and cognitive skills. I am currently exploring projects that enhance social and community participation for adults living with brain injuries, including development of a bakery staffed by people with brain injuries and coached by an interprofessional group of students from speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and psychology! My teaching incorporates technology, active learning, and cognitive supports to build and reinforce brain connections. With many local and national connections, I am excited to share my experience, passion, and scholarship with students and colleagues at Pacific University.
I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics in 1997 at the University of Rochester (1997), Master’s degree in speech-language pathology at Emerson College in Boston, MA (1999), and my PhD in speech-language pathology at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR (2008). I worked in several medical settings in the Boston, MA area from 1999-2004, and have continued clinical work with adults with brain injury throughout my academic career.
In my spare time, I love to bake, spend time with my two black cats and black lab, garden, and explore "easy" hiking trails in the local area with my partner.