College of Health and Human Sciences
Communication Sciences and Disorders
I joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at WCU as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2014. Prior to obtaining my doctoral degree, I practiced as a speech-language pathologist for 25 years working with both children and adults in a variety of settings, including public schools, skilled nursing facilities, rehab hospitals, and telepractice. Western Carolina is the perfect place for me to be as I love the mountains and being outdoors. I’m a very proud mom of two grown children, Ryan and Rachael. My active little dog Ben (a shih-tzu) is making the nest not so empty.<br><br>
I teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, including Voice Disorders, School-Age Language Disorders, Pediatric Feeding and Adult Swallowing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and speech and language disorders in children. <br><br>
My research interests include social skills and friendship development in individuals with disabilities and currently run a weekly PEERS® social skills/friendship group for young adults on the campus of WCU. I am also very interested in the provision of training activities for speech language pathologists, teachers, and special educators in developing countries with a recent Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad grant to Botswana, Africa. Check out our website at https://affiliate.wcu.edu/botswana2018/ for more information.