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Amy Rose

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Phone: 828-227-3289
Office Location: 160 Health and Human Sciences Building


B.S., M.A., Central Michigan University
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dissertation: The influence of temperament and social skills on quality of friendship in adolescents with and without learning disabilities


I joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at WCU as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2014. I have had the opportunity to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, including Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders, Adult Language Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dysphagia, Genetics and CSD, and Voice Disorders. 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 for more information.

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.

Recent publications:

Virtue, E., Wells, G., MacKusick, C., Murphy-Nugen, A., Rose, A., & Snyder, M. M. (2018). The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Using a Common Read to Transform a Learning Community. Learning Communities Research and Practice, 6(1), 4.

Ogletree, B., Rose, A. & Hambrecht, G. (in press). Evidence-Based Methods for Teaching School-Aged Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Complex Communication Needs. In J. B. Ganz, & R. L. Simpson (Eds.). Interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and complex communication needs (working title). In D. R. Beukelman & J. Light (series eds.), Augmentative and alternative communication series. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing.

Hayes, C. & Rose, A. (2017) Interprofessional Lab with Nursing and Communication Sciences Disorders Program Students. Journal of Nursing Education, 56(8):515-516

Snyder, M. M., Murphy-Nugen, A., Rose, A., Wells, G., & MacKusick, C. (2017). Implementation of Competency Based Educational Strategies into a First-Year Seminar for Interprofessional Healthcare Science Majors. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice15(3), 4.

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