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vertical line divider FIRST YEARS is a collaborative effort with many partners. The individuals listed in this section are the key players -- your instructors -- all internationally-known experts in fields such as speech acoustics, anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, audiological management, speech development and production, and hearing assistive technologies (e.g. hearing aids, cochlear implants, FM systems).

FIRST YEARS Faculty
Sandra Aldrich Sandra Petitt Aldrich, M.S.
Educational Consultant
Richmond, Virginia

Course author: Course 1 - Special Topics in Speech and Hearing: A Survey - Unit 1. Working with Families and Teams 

Sandra Aldrich is an educational consultant whose primary interest is professional development.  As a former specialist at the Virginia Department of Education, she facilitated projects involving licensure for special education teachers and speech-language pathologists, initiated National Board Certification, and assisted in the development of the Virginia State Improvement Grant for Special Education.  Ms. Aldrich is a former administrator of programs for hearing impaired and autistic, a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing, and a teacher of gifted and academically talented. She is the former chair for the Financial Aid Awards Program for the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

 

Carolyn Brown Carolyn Brown, M.S., CCC-A/SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd.
Carolina Children's Communicative Disorders Program, Program Assistant for Development
University of North Carolina Hospitals, Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Course author: Course 1 - Special Topics in Speech and Hearing: A Survey - Unit 2. Speech Acoustics 

From 1993 to 2009, Carolyn Brown served as Program Director for the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Team and the Carolina Children's Communicative Disorders Program (CCCDP) at the North Carolina Neurosciences Hospital.  As of 2009, she is currently CCCDP's Program Assistant for Development, and is an Assistant Professor in the UNC Department of Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery.  Trained as both an Audiologist and Speech/Language Pathologist with over 30 years experience working with cochlear implants, she has been instrumental in building a model state-wide network of clinical and teaching professionals prepared to work with children who are developing spoken language with cochlear implants.

 

Laurie Cochenour Laurie Cochenour, M.Ed., CED
(former) Program Director, FIRST YEARS
(current) E-Learning Policy Coordinator
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Course author: Course 1 - Special Topics in Speech and Hearing: A Survey - Unit 1. Working with Families and Teams 

Laurie obtained a BS in Deaf Education from Texas Tech University and a Masters in Early Intervention from Lewis and Clark College and Infant Hearing Resource in Portland, OR.  Employed by centers and schools in Texas, Arizona, Colorado and North Carolina, she has worked as a teacher of the deaf and as an early interventionist for more than 15 years. As an assistant professor in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at UNC - Chapel Hill Laurie was Project Director for FIRST YEARS until summer of 2008.  Laurie is now E-Learning Policy Coordinator for UNC - CH. 

 

Elizabeth Cole Elizabeth B. Cole, Ed.D., CCC-A , LSLS Cert. AVT
CREC Soundbridge, Director
Wethersfield, CT 

Course author/course facilitator: Course 3 - Basic Speech Acoustics (2004-2010)

Elizabeth Cole is presently Director of Soundbridge, a statewide (Connecticut) public school program that provides a wide variety of services to approximately 500 children with hearing loss (birth through secondary school) who are learning spoken language through audition.  Prior to coming to Connecticut in 1996, Dr. Cole was a professor at McGill University in Montreal for 16 years, where she taught acoustic phonetics, language, speech, and aural habilitation courses to students in the Auditory-Oral (Re-)Habilitation and Education of Hearing-Impaired Children (AORE) program, as well as audiology and speech-language pathology students.  Most of her published articles, chapters, and books have been focused on how to foster listening and spoken language development in young hearing-impaired children. Her most recent publication is the book Children with Hearing Loss: Developing Listening and Talking, Birth to Six (2nd ed., 2011), that she wrote with Carol Flexer.

 

Karen Erickson Karen Erickson, Ph.D.
Department of Allied Health Sciences, Yoder Distinguished Professor
Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, Director
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Course author: Course 1 - Special Topics in Speech and Hearing: A Survey - Unit 6. Emerging Literacy 

Dr. Erickson is a UNC Faculty Engaged Scholar, a Professor and in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, and the current Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  A former classroom teacher of children with multiple disabilities, Dr. Erickson's current research focuses on emergent and conventional literacy assessment and instruction for children with a broad range of developmental disabilities. One of her current projects is Tar Heel Reader, a collection of free, easy-to-read, and ADA-accessible books on a wide range of topics. 

 

Karen Erickson

Hannah Eskridge, MSP, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT
Center for the Acquisition of Spoken language Through Listening Enrichment (CASTLE), Director
UNC Department of Otolaryngology, Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina Hospitals, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hannah has been working with children with hearing loss and their families for over 10 years and became certified in Auditory-Verbal therapy in 2005. She directs the Professional Training Program at CASTLE as well as coordinates staff and various other programs. Hannah also conducts Auditory Verbal parent sessions. 

 

Karen Erickson

Maegan K. Evans, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Cert. AV Ed.
Center for the Acquisition of Spoken language Through Listening Enrichment (CASTLE), Director

Maegan is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Auditory-Verbal Educator. She received her Master's degree and Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. From 2002 to 2006, Maegan worked at the USC Speech and Hearing Center and provided auditory-based therapy to a variety of cochlear implant recipients both children and adults. Maegan worked at the CASTLE satellite office in Wilmington, North Carolina starting in January of 2007 and transferred to the Durham office in January of 2011. As a member of the CASTLE staff, Maegan provides parent participation sessions, speech and language evaluations, training to graduate students, tele-therapy and tele-mentoring.

 

Donald M. Goldberg Donald M. Goldberg,  Ph.D., CCC-SLP/A, FAAA, LSLS Cert. AVT
Professor, Communication Studies and Communication Sciences and Disorders, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
Professional Consultant, Hearing Implant Program, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

Course co-facilitator: Course 1 - Special Topics in Speech and Hearing: A Survey (2005 - 2011); guest forum mentor (2012-present)

Donald M. Goldberg is Consultant, Professional Staff, Hearing Implant Program (HIP) at the Head and Neck Institute of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio and Full Professor at The College of Wooster. In addition, Dr. Goldberg is the current President (2012-2014) of the AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  He serves on the Board of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language, having served as President of the Academy from 2008-2010. Goldberg is a teacher, clinician, and researcher. He is the co-author of  the seminal text:  Educational Audiology for the Limited Hearing Infant and Preschooler:  An Auditory-Verbal Program (Pollack, Goldberg, and Caleffe-Schenck, 1997). 

 

Judy Gravel Judith Gravel, Ph.D.,  CCC-A (deceased)
(former) Director, Center for Childhood Communication
William P. Potsic Chair in Pediatric Otolaryngology and Childhood Communication
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Course author: Course 1 - Special Topics in Speech and Hearing: A Survey - Unit 3. Audiology Interpretation 

Dr. Judith Gravel was Director of the Center for Childhood Communication at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia  and Adjunct Professor of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her primary interests were in behavioral audiologic assessment of infants and young, the effects of otitis media with effusion on child development, and early identification of hearing loss in neonates, infants, and young children. Dr. Gravel participated in numerous projects involved with the development and implementation of universal newborn hearing screening programs, both at the state level (Pennsylvania Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Board, New York State Department of Health Newborn Hearing Screening Demonstration Project) and national level (NIH-NICHD, NIH-NIDCD, ASHA, American Academy of Pediatrics). Representating ASHA, she chaired the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH), 2003-2005, contributing to the JCIH 2007 Position Statement.

FIRST YEARS mourns her passing.

 

Gayla Hutsell Gayla Hutsell Guignard, M.A., CCC-A/SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT 
Indiana: EHDI, Program Director

Course author: Course 1 - Special Topics in Speech and Hearing: A Survey - Unit 5. Normal Aspects of Speech, Language and Auditory Development 

Gayla Hutsell Guignard is Indiana's State Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program Director and a consultant with the National Center on Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM). Previously, she was the Chief Programs Officer at the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Washington, DC, and prior to that, a Supervisor/Instructor at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in the Child Hearing Services program. She received her B.S. from Purdue University in 1987 and two M.A. degrees (Audiology-1988 and Speech-Language Pathology-1999) from the University of Tennessee. Gayla became a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist/Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist in 2003. Gayla's professional interests relate to systems change for children and their families, to formal family support mechanisms, and to maximizing the impact of early hearing detection and intervention on the life of a child. Gayla serves on a national EHDI-Part C Work Group that is working towards positive links between EHDI and Part C early intervention systems. Gayla is the current chair of ASHA's Division 9 (Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood).

 

Melody Harrison Melody Harrison, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, CED
Professor and Coordinator of Master's Studies
Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Course facilitator: Course 1 - Special Topics in Speech and Hearing: A Survey (2003 - 2004)

Dr. Harrison is an associate professor of speech-language pathology in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her clinical and research interests include early intervention with children with hearing loss and working with the families of children with hearing loss. She is a recent recipient of the "Favorite Faculty Award," which is given annually by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Division of Student Affairs.

 

Deborah Hatton Deborah Hatton, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Visual Impairments Program, Associate Professor
Vanderbilt Peabody College, Department of Special Education, Nashville

Course author: Course 1 - Special Topics in Speech and Hearing: A Survey - Unit 1. Working with Families and Teams 

Deborah Hatton currently leads the Visual Impairments Program at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. Prior to that position, she was Principal Investigator/Project Director at UNC-CH's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Early Intervention Training Center for Infants and Toddlers with Visual Impairments. Her research interests and outreach projects focus on visual impairments and blindness, fragile X syndrome, and autism. She received her Ph.D. in early intervention/special education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995. Deborah also has a master's degree in visual disabilities from Florida State University and a bachelor's degree in education from Auburn University. Prior to receiving her Ph.D., she was an early interventionist in the area of visual impairment, a teacher of children with and without disabilities, an administrator of programs for young children with visual impairments and for children who are developing typically, and a consultant in the area of visual impairment and early childhood special education.

 

Krista S. Heavner Krista S. Heavner, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Educational Consultant for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
NC Department of Public Instruction, Exceptional Children Division

Co-facilitator: Course 1 - Special Topics in Speech and Hearing: A Survey (2012-present)

Krista Heavner is an Educational Consultant for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Exceptional Children's Division of the Dept. of Public Instruction. Krista is a graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill in Speech-Language Pathology and is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist/Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. In addition to having public school experience, she was the speech pathologist on the cochlear implant team at the University of Michigan from 2001-2006 and worked as an auditory education consultant for Advanced Bionics Corporation from 2006-2009. 

 

Krista S. Heavner Lillian Henderson, M.S.P., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT
Center for the Acquisition of Spoken language Through Listening Enrichment (CASTLE)

Lillian earned a Masterís Degree from the University of South Carolina in Speech Pathology and is a LSLS Certified Auditory Verbal therapist. Lillian is the lead speech pathologist for the UNC-Chapel Hill pediatric cochlear implant team and a member of the CASTLE team. She has worked with cochlear implant recipients for the past fifteen years, providing listening and spoken language therapy and diagnostics to children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Lillian has also provided training to professionals and graduate students throughout the United States. She is a consultant with the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in Vietnam.

 

Lisa Parks Sandra Onisk-Hancock, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert, AVT
Center for the Acquisition of Spoken language Through Listening Enrichment (CASTLE)

Sandra began working at CASTLE in August 2004. Previously, she was employed at the Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf, an OPTION School in California. Sandra has experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist in public schools and has worked in a private reading clinic. Sandra conducts parent participation sessions on-site at CASTLE and through tele-therapy. She also provides support to student and professional interns and conducts speech-language evaluations for the UNC-Chapel Hill pediatric cochlear implant team.

 

Lisa Parks Lisa Park, Au.D., CCC-A
Carolina Children's Communicative Disorders Program
University of North Carolina Hospitals, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Co-facilitator: Course 2 - Audiology Interpretation and Hearing Technologies (2012 - present)

Lisa Park has been working with cochlear implants since 2002.  As an audiologist with the UNC pediatric implant team, she provides services to deaf and hard of hearing children throughout the state.  Prior to coming to UNC, Lisa worked with children at the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech.  Her research interests include bimodal listening, auditory neuropathy, and speech perception.  Lisa is a graduate of Fontbonne University, Washington University in St. Louis, and The University of Florida.

 

Heather Porter Heather Porter, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Course author/co-facilitator: Course 2 - Audiology Interpretation and Hearing Technologies (2009 - present)
Course author: Course 1 - Special Topics in Speech and Hearing: A Survey

While pursuing her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt, Heather Porter managed the Pediatric Auditory Development Laboratory, where she was involved in both behavioral and neurophysiologic research projects.  She was trained in Deaf Education at Michigan State University and worked in the public school system in suburban Washington D.C.  She completed her Au.D. at Vanderbilt University, with a clinical externship at Boys Town National Research Hospital, and obtained her Ph.D. in May, 2012.  Now at UNC, Heather is doing post-doctoral research in auditory development with UNC's John Grose.

 

Lyn Robertson Lyn Robertson, Ph.D.
Department of Education, Associate Professor
Alford Center for Service Learning, Director
Denison University, Granville OH

Course author/faciltator: Course 5 - Literacy Development in Young Children with Hearing Loss (2004 - present); co-facilitator (2012 - present)

Lyn Robertson, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Denison University and the Director of the Alford Center for Service Learning. Coming from the field of reading and cognition, she is interested in literacy development in children who have learned language through the Auditory-Verbal approach. Dr. Robertson is the current President (2012-214) of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language.  Her latest textbook,  recently (2009) published by Plural Publishing, is Literacy and Deafness: Listening and Spoken Language.

 

Karen Rossi Karen Rossi, M.A., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd.
Tucker-Maxon Oral School, Executive Director
Portland, OR

Course author/facilitator: Course 4 - Normal Aspects of Speech, Language and Auditory Development (2004 - 2008)
Course contributor: Course 4 - Listening & Spoken Language Development & Intervention  (2009 - present)

Karen Rossi is the Executive Director of the Tucker-Maxon Oral School in Portland, Oregon. Previously, she was Executive Director at Omaha Hearing School for Children, a position she held from 1985-2009.  While in Nebraska, she was an instructor in the University of Nebraska at Omaha's master's program in special education. Lecturing nationally, Karen's work has focused on early childhood oral deaf education, with emphasis on the crucial role of families. She is the author of Learn To Talk Around The Clock: A Professional’s Early Intervention Toolbox (2003), Learn To Talk Around The Clock ® at Childcare (2007) and I Promise to Be a Good Parent (2008).

 

Patricia Roush Patricia A. Roush, Au.D.
Pediatric Audiology Services, Director
University of North Carolina Hospitals, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Course author: Course 1 - Special Topics in Speech and Hearing: A Survey - Unit 4: Hearing Technologies 

Patricia (Pat) Roush, Au.D.,  has been a pediatric audiologist for over 20 years.  A graduate of the University of Iowa, she has worked with infants and young children at Henry Ford Hospital, Children's Hospital of Denver, Children’s Hospital of Boston, and Duke University Medical Center. She is currently an Associate Professor in the UNC School of Medicine, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. She directs the pediatric audiology program at UNC Hospitals where she specializes in working with newly identified infants and young children and their families.

 

Holly Teagle Holly Fryauf-Bertschy Teagle, Au.D.
Carolina Childrens Communicative Disorders Program, Director
UNC Department of Otolaryngology, Associate Professor 
University of North Carolina Hospitals, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Course author: Course 1 - Special Topics in Speech and Hearing: A Survey - Unit 4: Hearing Technologies
Course author/co-facilitator: Course 2 - Audiology Interpretation and Hearing Technologies (2004 - 2011)

Holly FB Teagle, a graduate of the Universities of Arkansas, Iowa and Florida, has been involved with clinical care and research in cochlear implants since 1986.   She currently is an Associate Professor in the UNC Department of Otolaryngology and is Director of the UNC Carolina Children's Communicative Disorders Program (CCCDP).  In addition to providing clinical services to children with cochlear implants, she is the primary investigator of the collaborative NIH  sponsored study, Childhood Development after Cochlear Implantation, and oversees clinical research within the CCCDP program.

 

Anne Marie Tharpe, Ph. D. Anne Marie Tharpe, Ph.D.
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Professor and Department Chair
Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
Vanderbilt University

Course author: Course 1 - Special Topics in Speech and Hearing: A Survey - Unit 3:  Audiology Interpretation
Course author/co-facilitator: Course 2 - Audiology Interpretation and Hearing Technologies (2004 - 2008)

Dr. Tharpe's clinical and research interests are in the area of pediatric audiology, specializing in three areas: 1) amplification for children with hearing loss (fitting strategies for infant hearing aids and the use of frequency modulated (FM) technology for children with minimal hearing loss); 2) auditory capabilities of special populations, including children with autism and children with deaf-blindness; and 3) the assessment and documentation of the changing auditory responsiveness of infants during the first year of life. Dr. Tharpe also serves as associate director of education for the National Center for Childhood Deafness and Family Communication within the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center and is a research investigator with the John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development.

 

Ellen Thomas Ellen Thomas, M.A. CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT 
University of Michigan Hearing Rehabilitation Center
Ann Arbor MI

Co-facilitator: Course 1 - Special Topics in Speech and Hearing: A Survey (2010 - present)

Ellen Thomas is senior speech-language pathologist at the University of Michigan Hearing Rehabilitation Center and serves on the University of Michigan cochlear implant team. In addition to supervising other speech-language pathologists, Ellen provides direct intervention to children with all degrees of hearing loss using the Auditory-Verbal approach.  Since 2004, she has worked on the Sound Support grant, a matching grant between the University of Michigan Department of Otolaryngology and Michigan Medicaid, which provides outreach throughout the state to bridge the medical and educational needs of children with hearing loss.  Ellen obtained her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville after completing a Bachelor's degree in German at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.  She has been AVT certified since 2000.

 

Ellen Thomas Erin M. Thompson, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT
Center for the Acquisition of Spoken language Through Listening Enrichment (CASTLE)

Erin began working at CASTLE in July 2004. She earned a BS at Appalachian State University and her Masters at UNC-Chapel Hill. Erin is the lead educational consultant for the pediatric cochlear implant team and travels to school districts in North Carolina to provide mentoring and educational support. Erin conducts individual therapy sessions for CASTLE toddlers, parent participation sessions and has also led a small classroom with a focus on pragmatics and language use. Erin conducts speech-language evaluations and onsite mentoring for student and professional interns. Erin conducts tele-therapy sessions and tele-mentoring sessions for the UNC REACH program.

 

Sherri Vernelson Sherri Vernelson, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Education Consultant
Raleigh NC

Course author/co-facilitator: Course 4 - Listening & Spoken Language Development & Intervention  (2009 - present)

Sherri Vernelson has been teaching children with hearing loss since 1993, with a slight hiatus to have children of her own.  She has been an itinerant and a classroom teacher through the years.  Sherri has worked with children in Auditory Verbal, Auditory-Oral, and Cued Speech approaches.  She received her Master's degree from the John Tracy Clinic/University of San Diego Program and is an LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Educator.  Sherri currently works for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as an Education Consultant.

 

Beth Walker Beth Walker, M.Ed., CED, LSLS Cert. AVT 
Private Practice
Dadeville, AL

Course author/co-facilitator: Course 4 - Listening & Spoken Language Development & Intervention  (2009 - present)
Course facilitator: Course 3 - Basic Speech Acoustics (2011 - present)

Beth Walker earned a Master's in Deaf Education and has been teaching and learning from deaf children and their parents for 30 years. She has used a variety of approaches including Auditory-Verbal, Oral, Cued Speech, and Total Communication in public school and private settings. She has trained and supervised speech and hearing professionals in public and private settings and taught as a college-level instructor. She has served as educational consultant to numerous programs in the U.S. and abroad. She is currently a practicing Auditory-Verbal therapist and educational consultant in private practice.

Beth Walker was recently honored with the 2011 Daniel Ling Award for Outstanding Service. Presented by the NC Chapter of AG Bell and the Carolina Children's Communicative Disorders Program, the award recognizes professionals who have exhibited exceptional commitment and dedication to the education of children with hearing loss and their families in North Carolina.

 

Kathryn Wilson Kathryn Wilson, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Program Director, FIRST YEARS
Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Course author: Course 1 - Special Topics in Speech and Hearing: A Survey - Unit 2. Speech Acoustics
Course author: Course 4 - Listening & Spoken Language Development & Intervention  (2009 - present)

Kathryn Wilson is a Speech-Language Pathologist, Teacher of the Deaf and Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, with 30 years of experience as an educator, therapist, and AVT consultant in public school, private practice, home-based, and clinical settings.  Kathryn is a former member of the Board of Directors for Auditory-Verbal International, Inc., and served as Co-chair of its Professional Education Committee. She also mentors professionals pursuing certification in Auditory-Verbal Practice. Prior to assuming the directorship of FIRST YEARS, Ms. Wilson was the Director of the Resource Support Program in the Office of Education Services for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Denise Wray Denise Wray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Professor, School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
University of Akron

Co-faciltator: Course 5 - Literacy Development in Young Children with Hearing Loss (2012 - present)

Denise Wray received her M.A. in speech-language pathology and her Ph.D. in elementary education from the University of Akron where she has taught for 30 years. Prior to that, she was employed as a school speech-language pathologist. She is a LSL-certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, has co-authored over 30 journal articles and numerous book chapters, and co-edited two editions of a book with audiologists Dr. Carol Flexer and Ron Leavitt entitled, How the Student with Hearing Loss Can Succeed in College. Dr. Wray is currently director of the early intervention Auditory-Verbal Clinic at the University of Akron's Audiology and Speech Center. Current research interests include the speech-language and literacy development of children with cochlear implants in the mainstream setting and their classroom performance. Wray was awarded Honors from the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2006.

In addition to teaching and supervision, Wray has co-directed two training grants that developed a specialty in hearing loss for speech-language pathology graduate students. One grant was a collaborative with the Ohio Department of Health focusing on developing auditory options for children birth-3 years of age and the second was a personnel preparation grant from the U.S. Department of Education. 

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