Joanna Close, MS CCC-SLP

Adjunct Clinical Supervisor

After a few post-college years as a ski bum/newspaper reporter, Jo returned to Oregon to re-consider her professional future. She discovered the field of speech-language pathology and studied communication sciences and disorders at Portland State University and the University of Oregon, where she discovered her passion for cognition. Jo brings clinical experience as a speech-language pathologist at the Portland VA Medical Center where she specialized in outpatient assessment and treatment for individuals who had sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI). Jo has also worked in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and private practice settings in the Portland Metro area. She is excited to join the Pacific University School of Communication Sciences and Disorders team. Jo finds graduate students’ excitement about the field of speech-language pathology contagious.

When she is not working as a clinician or supervisor, Jo enjoys reading, writing, coffee shops, travel, camping/hiking, and spending time with her teacher husband and preschool daughter.