Communication Sciences & Disorders Faculty & Staff

Professor & Director, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Helen has served as the Director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders since August 2016 and has the pleasure of working with enormously talented faculty who are committed to student learning and to moving the field of speech-language pathology forward through research.

Associate Professor, AUD SIMLab Director, SAA Chapter Co-Advisor

Dr. David Brown joined Pacific University in August 2012. Dr. Brown previously served as Director of Audiological Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and was also on the faculty at University of Cincinnati in Ohio. His areas of specialty include otoacoustic emissions, auditory brainstem response diagnostics, newborn hearing screening, and pediatric audiologic diagnostics, with a strong research interest in simulation technology.

Adjunct Clinical Supervisor

Joanna Close is an adjunct clinical supervisor in the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders.

Jill Dolata
Assistant Professor

Dr. Jill Dolata is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr. Dolata is interested in the role social communication plays in early language development with particular focus in early identification, assessment of expressive language, and measurement of language outcomes in the population of children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Caitlin McDonnell is passionate about medical speech-language pathology with a special interest in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.

Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Dr. Peter Flipsen Jr. has been at Pacific since fall 2013. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta in his native Canada and then went on to receive his Master’s degree in in Speech-Language Pathology from Michigan State University. After practicing for four years as a speech-language pathologist in Fort Nelson, British Columbia (at mile 300 on the Alaska Highway), he returned to school and obtained his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is certified as a speech-language pathologist in both the United States and Canada.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Marcia Frost has served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Education since joining the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2015.  She has the distinct honor of growing our future professionals along-side this phenomenal CSD faculty. 

Clinical Assistant Professor

Melissa is pleased to serve as an Assistant Professor in the School of CSD, supervising graduate students in the delivery of speech-language services in the Pacific University Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinics. Her professional interests include working with clients with dementia, aphasia and other cognitive-linguistic deficits.

Assistant Professor and Year 1 Practicum Coordinator

Anne E. Heassler, AuD is an Assistant Professor of Audiology who joined Pacific University in 2012. She was previously a clinical instructor at Portland State University and is the current vice chair of the Oregon Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program Advisory Board.

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.

Associate Professor

Rik Lemoncello is passionate about teaching and clinical practice in the area of adult medical speech-language pathology.

Associate Professor

Dr. Mandulak is an associate professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Mary joined the CSD faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor in 2018. Her professional interests include clinical education, language/literacy interventions for school-age students, service delivery in school settings, collaboration, and high quality professional learning.

Associate Professor

Amanda Stead is an associate professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Adjunct Clinical Supervisor

Tricia Thomas is an adjunct clinical supervisor in the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders.