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Leigh Odom



Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Phone: 828.227.3834
Office Address: 162 HHS


  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2006 Speech-Language Pathology
  • M.S., University of Alabama, 1999 Speech-Language Pathology
  • B.S., Mercer University, 1997 Specific Learning Disabilities


I joined the WCU faculty in 2008, and I am currently an Associate Professor in CSD teaching classes related to all things "neuro." Although I enjoy opportunities for clinical practice in aphasia and dementia, I'm most passionate about health and wellness of our clients and families living with an acquired communication disorder for the long term. Understanding how families cope and adjust to their new lives is one aspects of my research, but this extends to speech-language pathologists who are facing challenges of burnout. I believe strongly that quality of life is important for all of  us, and I hope through my teaching, research, and service to others, we can experience the quality of life we deserve. 

Licenses  and Certifications :

Speech-Language Pathologist, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 

Speech-Language Pathologist, North Carolina State Licensing Board

Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners 

Certified Dementia Practitioner, National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners


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