Rik Lemoncello, PhD, CCC-SLP (he/him)

Berglund Hall 253

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. In 2016, I was granted the Thomas S. (“Tommy”) Thompson Distinguished Faculty of Education award to advance an area of scholarship. Through that award, I founded Sarah Bellum’s Bakery & Workshop, a non-profit organization in SW Portland that provides return-to-work opportunities for adults with acquired 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 pets (I’m a cat person), garden, and explore "easy" hiking trails in the local area with my partner, Mark.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Teaching Statement (pdf)


Rik Lemoncello was the keynote speaker at a recent JSU School of Public Health symposium. 

An endowed faculty grant allowed Pacific University Associate Professor Rik Lemoncello to launch the project of his dreams: a bakery that helps people with traumatic brain injuries return to work and fun. Sarah Bellum's Bakery & Workshop opened in Summer 2017, offering hands-on experience for students in Pacific's speech-language pathology program.

On Feb. 11, undergraduate students on the Forest Grove Campus will receive an email invitation asking them to participate in two important surveys on diversity and student engagement. Please encourage them to do so.

Faculty members Ellen Reuler, Rik Lemoncello, Kerry Mandulak, Eric Sanders, Amanda Stead, and newest member Peter Flipsen Jr., will be representing the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the ASHA Annual Convention in Chicago.