Office: 161 HHS
Ph.D., University of Memphis
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
M.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Communication Studies and American Studies
I joined the CSD department as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2013. I'm a North Carolina native and am delighted to be here at Western. My teaching, clinical, and research interests are generally in the area of child language and literacy. I enjoy teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes in children’s language development and disorders. In partnership with a local elementary school, I direct Literacy Camp, an afterschool program for children at risk for low reading achievement. My most recent research interests involve exploring the clinical use of children’s and adolescents’ writing samples and the writing skills of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I am currently investigating sex-related differences in the writing skills of adolescents with ASD, funded by the American Association of University Women. I enjoy involving graduate and undergraduate students on research projects and welcome your participation.
Prior to coming to Western, I held faculty positions at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK and the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. I also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and have been a speech-language pathologist at an elementary school.
You can find me in Office 188 in the Health and Human Sciences Building. When not in the office or clinic, I enjoy time with my family – my husband Todd and our two children. It is great to be a Catamount!