Communication Sciences and Disorders Staff


Helen Sharp, PhD, CCC-SLP

Director and Professor,
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders


Helen Sharp joined the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders in August as the Director. Helen replaces Marty Fischer, founding director of the School who retired as Emeritus Professor in July. Helen joins Pacific University after 11 years on the faculty of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Western Michigan University. Helen’s primary areas of interest include ethics, dysphagia, and cleft palate and other craniofacial conditions. Helen completed her undergraduate work in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada. She attended the University of Pittsburgh for her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and completed her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Iowa.  Helen was a Fellow in the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. She previously served as the graduate program director in speech-language pathology at Western Michigan University together with other leadership roles in assessment and curriculum development. Helen is a past president of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
  Katie Lardy

Student Services Manager


Katie Lardy joins the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders as Student Services Manager after working for nine years in the Career Development Center at Pacific University as the Assistant Director and Pathways Coordinator. She also coordinated the Advantage Scholars Program.