My career began with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego (1987); a year waiting tables in a ski resort; a master’s degree (1991) and a Ph.D. (1993) in speech and hearing sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and 18 months of post-doctoral research about stuttering, which overlapped with my working for about a year as a speech-language pathologist in a longterm-care facility. I then began what became 27 wonderful years as a member of the University of Georgia faculty (1995-2022). My teaching and research focused initially on the measurement and treatment of stuttering, and my research efforts were supported over the years by a total of about $4 million in grant funding from NIH (to me and to my co-investigators). I held the rank of Professor from 2008 until I retired in 2022, and I was awarded Fellowship in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2015.

From relatively early in my faculty career, I also found myself drawn to academic coordination and leadership positions. I served as my home department’s graduate-programs coordinator from 1999 to 2006; I served as department head in my home department for 6 of the 9 years between 2006 and 2015; and from 2015 through 2019 I had the privilege of serving as the head of a different department in the college. I then served as the coordinator of the Communication Sciences and Disorders programs, again within my home department, from 2020 through the summer of 2022. I hope that my contributions in academic leadership allowed staff, faculty, and students to work in mutually respectful, supportive, collaborative, and therefore productive and successful environments – and my guiding principle as an administrator was always that mutual respect, support, and collaboration allow group members to be productive and successful.

As a Professor Emerita, I maintain my association with the University of Georgia primarily through teaching occasional courses and through my continuing service on students’ dissertation committees. I am also providing private-practice speech-language pathology services, finishing writing several books, working with the adult English as a Second Language / English for Speaker of Other Languages program at Athens Technical College, and teaching occasional courses for other universities.

My husband and I share our lives with a combined total of 8 children, two daughters-in-law, one granddaughter, two cats, and two turtles. I ran my first marathon when I was 50 years old, and my longterm goal for myself is to be able to finish in the “female, 90-94” age bracket for a nice half-marathon someday.

Areas of Expertise

  • evidence-based practice
  • speech-language pathology
  • stuttering
  • academic administration


  •  Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences, 1993
    University of California, Santa Barbara
  •  M.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences, 1991
    University of California, Santa Barbara
  •  B.A. in Psychology, 1987
    University of California, San Diego


Research Summary

My research focused initially on the measurement and treatment of stuttering, a complication of speech production abilities that affects up to 10% of children and about 1% of adults worldwide. That work led me to questions about what it means to select a “treatment goal” or to test an “intervention” of any sort, within speech-language pathology and across the health-related disciplines. Many of my approximately 75 total academic publications may be found in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research; the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology; and the Journal of Fluency Disorders, among others.

Awards and Accolades

Aderhold Distinguished Professor

College of Education, University of Georgia, 2014


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2015