Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Office Address: HHS 104
Ph.D., Florida State University, 2019
M.S., Western Carolina University, 2015
B.A., Wake Forest University, 2009
I joined the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders as an assistant professor in August of 2019, but I am no stranger to WCU having completed my masters training here in Cullowhee. Before rejoining WCU, I pursued a doctoral degree at Florida State University and worked in Florida as a bilingual speech-language pathologist serving dual-language families in home- and school-based contexts. I especially enjoy collaborating with caregivers and siblings to improve their children’s communication at home. My research interests relate to bilingual language and literacy development, typical vs disordered language development in dual language learners, caregiver talk in home language environments, narrative language assessment, and the impacts of poverty on language learning. If you speak Spanish and are interested in working with Spanish-speaking children and families in our region, please reach out to me in HHSB 104.
Currently I am teaching Introduction to Communication Disorders and Multicultural Topics in CSD. I strive to teach in a way that makes class highly interactive, facilitative of meeting and connecting with others, and appreciative of diverse opinions.
When I am not in the classroom at WCU, I enjoy walking in the mountains, playing Old Time fiddle, traveling, and experimenting in the kitchen.