A passion for speech and language research
Trine University - College of Health Professions
M.A., Ph.D., University of Missouri
I earned my Master of Health Science and PhD degrees in communication science and disorders in 2015 and 2017 from the University of Missouri. Along the way, I took part in research projects focusing on young children with developmental stuttering and school-age children with language disorders. I also worked one-on-one with graduate students on accent modification and served as an academic advisor at Lincoln University, an HBCU in Jefferson City, Missouri. I was honored to receive a PhD scholarship from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, making it possible for me to focus on my dissertation and complete my degree.
Beginning in 2018, I taught graduate- and undergraduate-level courses at Indiana State University in child speech and language development and disorders, fluency disorders, and psycholinguistics. I have a keen interest in high-impact educational practices such as service-learning. In partnership with the local public library, students in my undergraduate classes served as reading tutors for struggling young readers in the community.
My current research interests include the role of attention and memory in developmental stuttering and the contribution of cognitive and emotional factors to word learning during reading. I’ve had articles published in several journals, including the Journal of Fluency Disorders and Journal of Child Language. I enjoy mentoring students interested in my research projects and welcome their active participation. Each year I team with students to present posters at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, gardening and spending time with my family of humans and four fur babies.