Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
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: Child Language Disorders, AAC, Infant Toddler Communication, and Severe Disabilities Seminars. I am honored to be CSD’s 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 Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Communication Disorders Quarterly, the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 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. I’m currently working on an edited text in the area of AAC. 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 three pets), guitars, and fly-fishing. I also like following the Cats and Southern Miss athletics.