Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Department Head
Office Address: 158A Health and Human Sciences Building
I came to Western in 1992 from the University of Kansas Medical Center where I served as coordinator for speech and language services in the Children Rehabilitation Unit (now the Child Development Unit). I received my B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi, my M.S. from the University of Memphis, and my Ph.D. from Florida State University. Courses I am teaching or have taught recently are: Introduction to Speech and Hearing Sciences, AAC, Infant Toddler Communication, and Severe Disabilities Seminars. I am honored to be the Catherine Brewer Smith Distinguished Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
My research interests center around the communication abilities and needs of persons with severe disabilities and autism. In the past three years, I have had publications related to these populations in the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, and the SIG 12 Perspectives journal for AAC. I also authored or co-authored chapters in Brookes, ProEd, Springer, and Thieme texts addressing issues in severe disabilities and autism. For a list of recent publications click here.
I am an ASHA Fellow, and I chair the National Joint Committee for the Communicative Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities and serve as an ASHA representative to this group. I am also an Associate Editor of the journal Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
On a personal note, when not in the office, I enjoy my family (two kids, wife, and four pets), guitars, and fly-fishing. I also like following the Cats and Southern Miss athletics.