Rik Lemoncello, PhD, CCC-SLP
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, external aids, and environmental supports that facilitate meaningful activity for adults with acquired brain injury. I currently serve as the Program Director for Sarah Bellum’s Bakery & Workshop, a program of Brain Injury Connections - Northwest that provides return-to-work opportunities for adults with brain injury. In my role as Program Director of this bakery program, I have designed the bakery with adaptations and modifications to make return-to-work possible for adults with a variety of cognitive, communication, physical, and sensory challenges following their brain injury. I facilitate the interprofessional team and supervise an interprofessional group of students from speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and psychology to assess and facilitate meaningful work opportunity for over 40 adult survivors of brain injury. 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 at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY (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. I have practiced in just about every type of medical setting with adults on interdisciplinary rehabilitation teams.
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.