Phone: (304) 696-3634
Karen McNealy, Au.D., CCC-A, serves as Chair and Program Director of the Department of Communication Disorders. She holds an undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing from Marshall University, a master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Tennessee, and a doctoral degree in Audiology from Salus University. Dr. McNealy teaches courses in audiology, aural rehabilitation, and speech science; she has an interest in program development which supports the clinical education of students while serving community needs. She is actively involved with the Scottish Rite Speech Language Program, the Luke Lee Listening, Language and Learning Lab, and the Pat and Dolly Oshel Parent Education Program which are housed in the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center.
Phone: (304) 696-2988
Jennifer Baker, MA, CCC-SLP, is a clinical faculty member in the Department of Communication Disorders at Marshall University. She received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Miami University in 2007 and has practiced as a pediatric speech-language pathologist in outpatient rehab, public schools, and early intervention settings since that time. Her clinical interests include parent education and pediatric language disorders associated with hearing loss, autism spectrum disorders, and developmental delays. At Marshall, she provides intervention for children with hearing loss in the Luke Lee Listening, Language, and Learning Lab, supervises graduate student practicum, and provides services through the West Virginia Birth to Three Program.
Phone: (304) 696-2984
Carrie Childers, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Disorders where she teaches courses related to neuroanatomy and child and adolescent language disorders. She received a B.S. degree in speech pathology and audiology from Andrews University, a M.A. in speech-language pathology from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Dr. Childers’ areas of research interest include facilitation of academic and personal success for children, adolescents, and young adults with language and/or cognitive disorders and community supports for individual with traumatic brain injuries. She is also an active member in the Community of Research Practice (CORP) in the Department of Communication Disorders. Dr. Childers has 10 years of clinical experience and has worked in healthcare, academic, and home health settings.
Phone: (304) 696-3246
Sarah Clemins M. S. CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Disorders Department at Marshall University. At Marshall, she teaches undergraduate classes and supervises students at River Park Hospital, a local psychiatric facility. Prior to joining the department, she worked as a speech language pathologist in skilled nursing and home health settings. Her clinical interests include dysphagia and cognitive communication in the adult and geriatric population with a focus on patient/caregiver education.
Phone: (304) 696-7114
Craig Coleman, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is an assistant professor at Marshall University and Chair of Graduate Admissions in the Department of Communication Disorders. Craig is a Board-Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He teaches graduate courses in Stuttering and Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology, the undergraduate capstone course (Professional Literacies in Speech-Language Pathology), and an undergraduate course in Stuttering. Prior to joining the Marshall faculty, Craig spent over twelve years serving as Clinical Coordinator and Co-Director of the Stuttering Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Craig is currently serving as Coordinator of ASHA Special Interest Group-4 (Fluency and Fluency Disorders). Craig is a former two-term President of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In 2011, Craig was awarded the Clinical Achievement Award of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA), and was awarded Honors of PSHA in 2015. Craig is a co-founder of MC Speech Books, where he has co-authored three children’s books on stuttering. Craig collaborated on the child versions of the Overall Assessment of the Child’s Experience of Stuttering (OASES), which assesses the affective and cognitive components of stuttering. Craig received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Pittsburgh.
Phone: (304) 696-3455
Jodi Cottrell, Au.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is the program director of The Luke Lee Listening, Language and Learning Lab (The “L”) at Marshall University in the Department of Communication Disorders. The “L” is a program which focuses on teaching listening and spoken language to hearing impaired children. She received her Master of Science degree in Audiology at West Virginia University and her Clinical Doctorate of Audiology through Salus University. In July of 2008, Dr. Cottrell became the program director and classroom teacher at The “L” where she provides auditory verbal education services to the students in the preschool program and in the parent infant program, as well as audiological services including hearing aid programming, cochlear implant mapping, and pediatric audiological evaluations. Prior to her position at Marshall she was the Director of Audiology at River Cities Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists, PLLC for 8 years. Dr. Cottrell recently completed a mentorship program to become a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist through the Alexander Graham Bell Academy and now serves as the only LSLS Cert. AVEd in the state of West Virginia.
Shae M. Dean
Shae Dean, M.A. CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor Clinical Faculty in the Department of Communication Disorders. She received her Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders from Marshall University. Mrs. Dean joined the communication disorders faculty in August 2015 as a clinical faculty member to facilitate clinical education in the graduate program. Prior to joining the Marshall faculty, Mrs. Dean acquired 15 years of clinical experience in public schools, acute, skilled nursing, long term care, and home health settings. Mrs. Dean’s clinical focus is the preschool age population to include genetic and/or craniofacial abnormalities, autism spectrum disorders, as well as adults with neurological and swallowing deficits.
Phone: (304) 696-2980
Loukia Zikkos Dixon, M.A., CCC-S, is an assistant professor in the Marshall University Department of Communication Disorders. She has a diverse clinical background serving clients in evaluation and treatment and ranging in ages from infancy to geriatrics, in settings such as outpatient clinic, acute care/rehabilitation, long term care facilities, head start, elementary, middle, and high school, and home health. Teaching experiences include courses in phonetics, phonological processes and disorders, communication sciences, and diagnostic processes. She also provides clinical education to graduate students in the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center, with clinical interests in diagnostic evaluations as well as speech sound disorders and dialectical differences particularly in English as a Second Language learners.
Phone: (304) 696-3640
Lisa Fry, Ph.D. is an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication Disorders. Dr. Fry received her master’s degree in Communication Disorders at Marshall in 1992 and her doctorate in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kentucky in 2008. Her doctoral work focused on the study of the voice and its disorders. Her research has focused on laryngeal muscle biology, vocal aging, and the effects of various voice therapies on voice production. The results of her work have been published in several peer-reviewed journals in the field and presented at national and international venues for voice specialists. In 2009, she co-authored the text Voice Therapy: Clinical Case Studies, 3rd ed. with her doctoral mentor, Joseph Stemple.Dr. Fry taught full-time at Marshall from 2002 to 2010, teaching courses in Voice and Research Design and facilitating a weekly forum for undergraduate and graduate student researchers. Since leaving full-time teaching in 2010, Dr. Fry has continued to assist graduate and undergraduate researchers by serving on thesis committees and by assisting students in research design, analysis, and presentation. Dr. Fry continues to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in her areas of interest as needed by the Department.
Phone: (304) 696-4319
Kelly Harlow MA CCC-S is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Disorders Department in the College of Health Professions. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and a member of West Virginia Speech and Hearing Association. She has worked in the field of communication disorders in a variety of settings for over 20 years before coming to Marshall University. Her past experiences include acute care, long term care facilities, home health, pre-school settings and out-patient clinics. It was during her clinical work that she became interested in autism. Her interest grew and naturally evolved to a specialized expertise with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has served on multi-disciplinary assessment teams in the tri state concentrating on the accurate diagnosis of spectrum disorders. She also runs pragmatic groups at Marshall University Speech and Hearing Clinic for children and teenagers that have social or pragmatic deficits with communication. Her duties at Marshall include teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level as well clinical instruction at the graduate level. Professor Harlow has taught classes at the undergraduate level which include speech and language disorders, phonetics, speech and language development and diagnostics. Her graduate classes include the domains of augmentative alternative communication, autism and the pre-school language disordered child. Her areas of research interest is in autism and augmentative and alternative communication.
Phone: (304) 696-2985
Pamela Holland, MA, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor and currently serves as Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Communication Disorders in the College of Health Professions. She has a master’s degree from Marshall University. She coordinates graduate clinical placements within the community and facilitates clinical educational opportunities for speech-language pathologists in the Tri-State area. She teaches courses which encompass service learning pedagogical strategies. Professor Holland was named Volunteer of the Year in 2006 by Huntington’s City Mission and was the recipient of the Pickens-Queen Teacher Award in 2007. She was the first speech-language pathologist for the Scottish Rite Childhood Speech and Language program, an entity within the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center. Her clinical expertise is childhood speech, language and feeding disorders and currently she provides services for the West Virginia Birth to Three Program whereby development is fostered within children’s natural environment. She served on the West Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council and presently serves on the West Virginia Speech-Language Hearing Association Board as the Marshall University representative. Professor Holland was appointed the Director of the Service Learning Program at Marshall.
Phone: (304) 696-2979
Sandra Kemper, M.S. CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Marshall University. She received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Fort Hays State University in 2003. Since that time, she has provided speech-language therapy services across the age span and in a variety of settings. Her expertise areas include autism, augmentative and alternative communication strategies, and pediatric speech and language disorders. She currently supervises student clinicians and teaches undergraduate courses focusing on developmental speech disorders, student lab experiences, and clinical education of graduate students.
Phone: (304) 696-2981
Tricia Leonard, MA, CCC-S, received both her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree in the field of Speech Language Pathology from Marshall University. She has worked in various settings including long term care, early intervention, home health, outpatient and the public schools. Since working at Marshall University, her primary role has been clinical education of graduate students who provide services to children and adults with communication disorders at the MU Speech and Hearing Center. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses involving field experiences and student teaching experiences. Her clinical interest is in the area of pediatric speech and language disorders. Professor Leonard provides speech, language, and swallowing services at River Park Hospital and speech/language services at Sybene Head Start. Both of these facilities often serve as clinical practicum sites for graduate clinicians.
Phone: (304) 696-2982
Kelly Rutherford, MS, CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Disorders Department. She received her Masters of Science from Marshall University in 2004. Prior to her appointment in the CD department, Professor Rutherford worked in inpatient rehabilitation serving the adult and geriatric population for 10 years. Her areas of interest include aphasia, dysphagia and cognitive-communication disorders. Additional clinical interests include patient education and interdisciplinary management relative to patient care. Professor Rutherford teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in adult communication and cognitive disorders, advises graduate students, and serves the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center as lead faculty for the center’s Aphasia Group. Professor Rutherford is currently enrolled in the COEPD Leadership Studies doctoral program at Marshall University.
Phone: (304) 696-2601
Mary Weidner, PhD, CCC-SLP is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Disorders. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her doctoral degree from West Virginia University. Dr. Weidner’s area of research focuses on measuring and changing children’s attitudes toward peers with communication disorders. She developed the Attitude Change and Tolerance program (InterACT), an educational program that teaches children about awareness and acceptance of human differences. She teaches courses in speech, language, research, and counseling at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Weidner co-directs Stuttering U., a summer camp for children who stutter and their families. Prior to coming to Marshall, she worked clinically at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Heather Spencer serves as an administrative associate within the Department of Communication Disorders, as well as clinical office manager of the Marshall Speech and Hearing Center. Heather is responsible for supervising graduate assistants working in the office, managing daily operations of the clinic along with billing and finances. She is available to communicate with patients and families regarding billing inquires as well as scheduling appointments and evaluations. Heather is a 2014 graduate of Marshall University and she is currently pursuing a Master’s of Healthcare Administration from the university’s Lewis College of Business.