Meredith Poore Harold, PhD, CCC-SLP Meredith Harold is the owner of The Informed SLP. Dr. Harold has a background in both academic research and pediatric speech–language pathology. Her balanced commitment to research and clinical work provides just the perspective needed to translate research to clinical practice. Learn more about Dr. Harold here.
Natalie F. Douglas, PhD, CCC-SLP Natalie F. Douglas is the editor for the Adults section of The Informed SLP, and lifespan medical topic supervisor. She is also an Associate Professor at Central Michigan University. She completed her B.S. and M.A. degrees at Ohio University and after a decade of clinical practice as a speech-language pathologist, her Ph.D. at the University of South Florida. Her research aims to advance best, person-centered practices in communication and quality of life interventions for people with acquired communication disorders through empowering local healthcare teams and the application principles of implementation science. Read more about her work here.
Karen Evans, MA, CCC-SLP Karen Evans is editor for the Preschool & School-Age section of The Informed SLP. She is a speech–language pathologist with an intermediate school district in the Minneapolis/St.Paul metro area, working with transition-aged students affected by significant disabilities. She has worked for two academic research labs specializing in child speech and language acquisition, and has practiced with all pediatric age groups and disability areas in educational settings.
Katherine Sanchez, PhD, CPSP Katherine Sanchez is editor for the pediatric sections of The Informed SLP. She is a speech-language pathologist and co-owner of Protea Therapyin Melbourne, Australia, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She has clinical and research interests in feeding and communication in children with complex medical/surgical histories. Learn more about her, here.
Brynne Evans, MS, CCC-SLP Brynne Evans is a research scout and records audio for The Informed SLP. She is a certified speech–language pathologist and has dipped her toes in many areas of the field. She has enjoyed working with pediatric clients in the private sector and school setting, as well as adults in acute inpatient care and skilled nursing facilities. Brynne attended graduate school at Utah State University and worked in the Childhood Language and Literacy Lab where she developed a love for the research process. Her clinical interests include aphasia, dysphagia, and speech sound disorders.
Jessica Gormley, PhD, CCC-SLP Jessica Gormley is a research scout for The Informed SLP. She is a speech–language pathologist and Assistant Professor at the Munroe–Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She completed her B.S. and M.A. degrees at SUNY Geneseo and after six years of clinical practice as a speech–language pathologist in health care settings, completed her Ph.D. at Penn State University. Her research interests center upon improving interactions among individuals (especially children) with complex communication needs, their families, and providers in inpatient settings through the development and evaluation of augmentative and alternative communication tools and trainings.
Hillary Koning, MA, CCC-SLP Hillary Koning is a research scout and writer for The Informed SLP. She is a speech–language pathologist hailing from the West Coast, but currently located in the Southeast. She has worked in early intervention, schools, and multi-disciplinary clinics. She runs a pediatric private practice and her areas of expertise include autism spectrum disorders, literacy, and twice exceptional learners. She loves reading aloud to her three young daughters.
Kelsey Mandak, PhD, CCC-SLP Kelsey Mandak is aresearch scout andwriterfor The Informed SLP. She is a speech–language pathologist living in Pittsburgh, PA, currently working as the AAC Research and Outreach Coordinator at Penn State University. As a researcher, she is interested in how pre-service and in-service SLPs can improve their delivery of family-centered services, especially their use of relational and active listening skills in interactions with parents of children with complex communication needs.
Bobbi Rohwer, MS, CCC-SLP Bobbi Rohwer is a research scout for The Informed SLP. She is a speech–language pathologist and owner of The Happy Speech Consultant in Minneapolis, MN. She has a strong background in psychology and early education, and specializes in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). When she isn’t wrangling her two young sons (and husband), she is attempting to develop and research interventions to increase expressive verbal language in children with ASD.
JoAnne Berns, MS, CCC-SLP JoAnne Berns is a writer for The Informed SLP. She is a speech–language pathologist and owner of Berns Therapy Solutions in Nashville, TN. JoAnne works with children of all ages at local private schools and at her clinic. Her areas of clinical expertise include diagnosis and treatment of developmental language disorder, speech sound disorders, and social communication disorders. JoAnne attended graduate school at Vanderbilt University and worked in the Childhood Language and Literacy Lab. When she isn’t working, chances are you’ll find JoAnne sporting yoga pants and chasing around her two small children.
Marie Bloem, MA, CCC-SLP Marie Bloem is a writer for The Informed SLP. She is a graduate of Calvin University in Michigan and now works as a research speech–language pathologist within theEarly Intervention Research Group at Northwestern University. Here she studies and implements parent-mediated language interventions for young children with autism, hearing loss, and developmental language disorder. In her free time she enjoys playing her cello in a local orchestra and taking hiking trips to the national parks.
Melissa Brydon, PhD, CCC-SLP Melissa Brydon is a writer for The Informed SLP. Dr. Brydon is a speech–language pathologist, reading specialist, and assistant professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department at Clarion University. She has over 12 years of clinical experience working with children of all ages, abilities, and needs in a variety of pediatric settings. Her past and current research focuses on child language disorders, literacy development and delays, and vocabulary instruction.
Caroline Gammill, SLPD, CCC-SLP, CBIS Caroline Gammill is a writer for The Informed SLP. She is a speech–language pathologist who has worked primarily in the post-acute rehabilitation setting with adults with acquired brain injuries. She has also worked in acute care, inpatient rehab, and skilled nursing facilities. She is a graduate of the Emphasis in Bilingual Speech–Language Pathology program at Texas Christian University and of the inaugural cohort of the Doctor of Speech–Language Pathology program at Northwestern University. She recently moved from Fort Worth, TX, to Huntsville, AL, and is transitioning into a role as a full-time assistant professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Alabama A&M University. Her clinical interests include aphasia and cognition in patients post-stroke and TBI.
Danielle Garland, MS, CCC-SLP Danielle Garland is a writer and social media content contributor for The Informed SLP. She currently works in pediatric acute care at Niswonger Children’s Hospital, located in Northeast Tennessee, but her clinical experience also includes in-home early intervention and school-based services. Her clinical interests include pediatric dysphagia, pediatric brain injury, and language development. She is currently pursuing Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.
Cassandra Kerr, M.Cl.Sc., SLP Cassandra Kerr is a writer for the The Informed SLP. She is a speech–language pathologist working in an acute care hospital in Ontario, Canada. Her clinical experience includes working with adults with complex communication, swallowing and/or voice disorders in both an inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation setting. Prior to embarking on her clinical training and career, Cassandra completed a research-based master’s degree with a focus on motor speech disorders in neurological disease. In her spare time you’ll find her reading, running, or scrolling through Netflix with a glass of rosé.
Priya Kucheria, PhD, CCC-SLP Priya Kucheria is a writer for The Informed SLP. She currently serves adults in the acute and inpatient setting in Baltimore, Maryland. As a speech–language pathologist, her clinical experience spans working in subacute, home health and university clinic settings with adults with acquired brain injuries and neurodegenerative conditions. As a researcher, she investigates the impact of implementing person-centered communication practices on creating individualized outcomes for adults with acquired or progressive neurogenic conditions.
Vanessa Jacob, MA, CCC-SLP Vanessa Jacob is a writer and for The Informed SLP. Vanessa fell in love with research in her graduate training at Case Western Reserve University and is now a speech-language pathologist at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland. She works primarily with children with complex communication needs. Her clinical interests include exploring and determining alternative access methods in AAC, pediatric dysphagia, and literacy.
Javier Jasso, MA, CCC-SLP Javier Jasso is a writer for The Informed SLP. He is a certified speech–language pathologist with experience in public schools and is passionate about school-based issues. Currently Javier is a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin, with research interests including non-biased assessment of culturally/linguistically diverse children and morphosyntactic development in bilingual children with developmental language disorder.
Kazlin Mason, PhD, CCC-SLP Kazlin Mason is awriterfor The Informed SLP. Dr. Mason has practiced clinically across hospital-based inpatient, NICU, and outpatient settings and specializes in voice and resonance disorders and cleft palate/craniofacial anomalies. Her research focuses on improving communication outcomes and quality of life across diverse clinical populations using advanced imaging techniques and predictive computer modeling. Recent work has focused on the anatomical foundations for successful surgical and speech outcomes in children with velopharyngeal dysfunction.
Stephanie Muñoz, MS, CCC-SLP Stephanie Muñoz is a research scoutand writer for The Informed SLP. She is a speech–language pathologist living in Nashville, TN. She has worked in acute care, long-term care, and outpatient settings. She specializes in dysphagia, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and motor speech disorders. She has a BA from Swarthmore College and completed her graduate training at Vanderbilt University.
Grace Neubauer, MS, CCC-SLP Grace Neubauer is a writer for The Informed SLP. She currently lives in Jersey City, NJ and is a speech–language pathologist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. She specializes in adult communication and swallowing disorders in the acute care setting. She is a proud graduate of both Fairfield University and the University of Rhode Island. Her special interests include head and neck cancer, concussion, and speech–language pathologists' role in palliative care.
Mollee Pezold, MA, CCC-SLP Mollee Pezold is a writer for The Informed SLP. She is a doctoral student and research assistant at the University of Kansas with clinical experience working in elementary schools. Her research goals include helping speech–language pathologists easily and accurately assess children’s language skills in ways that inform treatment planning.
Lauril Sachet, MS, CCC-SLP Lauril Sachet is a writerfor The Informed SLP. She started out her career as a SLP at the Albuquerque VA hospital specializing in the care of patients with head and neck cancer. Currently she is a lecturer and clinical instructor at the University of New Mexico speech and hearing sciences department and is actively involved in the transgender voice program. Lauril has a passion for international SLP engagement including work in Guatemala, Vietnam, and Mexico. When not in the clinic, you can find her hiking the beautiful Sandia Mountains, or playing cribbage with family and friends.
Allison Sauerwein, PhD, CCC-SLP Alli Sauerwein is a writer for The Informed SLP. She is a speech–language pathologist and Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University. Her clinical expertise is supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other complex communication disorders. As a researcher and educator, Alli focuses on improving preservice preparation and professional development for speech-language pathologists.
Molly Schenker, ABD, CCC-SLP Molly is awriter for The Informed SLP. She is a doctoral candidate at Kent State University and works as a speech language pathologist in schools and private practice. Her clinical and research interests include autism, speech perception, executive function, and early intervention. She is a certified PLAY Project and Teaching PLAY consultant. Molly lives with her son, husband, and three dogs.
Caroline Tobias, MS, CCC-SLP Caroline Tobias is a writer and supports operations of The Informed SLP. She is a speech–language pathologist at Jersey City Medical Center, where she works with clients of all ages, from the NICU all the way through geriatrics. She is particularly passionate about pediatric dysphagia and motor speech disorders. She has a BA from Colgate University and completed her graduate training at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. When she is not reading research and going to continuing education courses, you can find her watching the Great British Baking Show with her husband, new son, and her dog.
Liz Watson, MS, CCC-SLP Liz Watson is a writer for The Informed SLP. She is a speech–language pathologist specializing in the birth–5 population. She works in a specialized preschool program in the Baltimore, MD area and also works on the Early Intervention Assessment Team in the summer months. Liz spent her college years working at the Infant Language Project, now the Child’s Play, Learning & Development Lab at the University of Delaware. She is currently working on her post-master’s certificate in Autism Spectrum disorder.
Kelly Zarifa, MA, CCC-SLP Kelly Zarifa is a writer for The Informed SLP. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas studying adult neurologic speech and language disorders with a secondary area of study in gerontology. Her primary research interests include partner training/education and multi-modal communication approaches for persons with aphasia. Clinically, she is a practicing speech–language pathologist working with populations across the lifespan.
Topic Area Experts
Donald Finan, PhD Don Finan is a topic area expert on motor speech and voice at The Informed SLP. He is a Professor of Audiology & Speech-Language Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in communication neuroscience, motor speech disorders, voice disorders, and speech and hearing science. He research interests include measurement of noise and associated auditory exposure, normal speech motor control, technology use in clinical and research settings, and the development of novel tools and pedagogical approaches to teaching speech science. He has been the inaugural Coordinator of ASHA’s Special Interest Group (SIG) 19, Speech Science.
Laura Friedman, MS, CCC-SLP Laura Friedman is a topic area experton adults with developmental disabilities at The Informed SLP. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research primarily focuses on language and quality of life outcomes for adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. Laura is also a practicing speech-language pathologist at an outpatient pediatric private practice.
Kyomi Gregory, PhD, CCC-SLP Kyomi Gregory is a topic area experton nonmainstream American English dialects, cultural awareness, and humility in language assessment and treatment at the The Informed SLP. She is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Pace University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Applied Research Methods, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Advanced Articulation and Phonology, Advanced Child Language Disorders, School-Age Language Development and Disorders, and Early Language Development. Her research interests include child language acquisition and assessment in culturally and linguistically diverse populations, parent/teacher training and prevention models in speech-language pathology, inter-professional education, and regional dialect differences.
Mary Grace Hamme, MS, CCC-SLP Mary Grace Hamme is a topic area expert on Deaf and Hard of Hearing at The Informed SLP. She is a speech–language pathologist at a bilingual–bicultural school for the Deaf. Her passion for working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community has led her to complete additional coursework specific to the role of SLPs working with this community, receive additional certifications, become proficient in American Sign Language, and work in educational and empowerment programs for the Deaf in Ethiopia.
Erin Kamarunas, PhD, CCC-SLP Erin Kamarunas is a topic area expert on dysphagia at The Informed SLP. She is an Assistant Professor at James Madison University, where she teaches graduate courses and directs the Neural Bases for Communication and Swallowing Lab. She is the co-director of the Voice and Swallow Clinic, an outpatient clinic that serves the Shenandoah Valley.
Rachel Mulheren, PhD, CCC-SLP Rachel Mulheren is a topic area expert on dysphagia at The Informed SLP. She is an Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University, where she teaches and directs the Brain in Swallowing and Communication Lab. For more information, please visit here.
Kelley Nelson-Strouts, MA, CCC-SLP Kelley Nelson-Strouts is a topic area expert on literacy/reading disorders. She worked as school-based speech language pathologist prior to returning to the University of Kansas to pursue her PhD. She currently serves as lab manager for the Reading, Language and Learning Lab and her research areas of focus include the identification of reading disorder in diverse populations and the implementation of alternative assessment procedures by practicing SLPs.
Jeanne Tighe, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL Jeanne Tighe is a topic area expert on literacy at The Informed SLP. She is the owner and Clinical Director of Beyond Communication, LLC, a private practice serving children and adolescents with communication and learning needs. She has earned recognition as a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language and holds certification in the Knowledge and Practice Standards of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). She has served on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Branch of IDA. Her current clinical work focuses on integration of language and literacy interventions, and she lectures often local, state, and national groups on these topics. Outside of the clinical setting, she teaches language development to future professionals as an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey.
Victoria Tumanova, PhD, CCC-SLP Victoria Tumanova is a topic area expert on fluency at The Informed SLP. She is an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in anatomy and physiology of speech and in fluency disorders. She directs the Syracuse University Stuttering Research Lab. Her research focuses on the mechanisms underlying the development of stuttering in young children. The overarching goal of her work is to contribute to the evidence-based assessment and treatment of stuttering as well as to inform our understanding of why some children develop chronic stuttering while others recover. Learn more about her work here.
Business & Communications
Curtis Chapin, BS Curtis Chapin is on thecommunications team at the Informed SLP. He is currently completing his coursework to become a speech–language pathologist at Rockhurst University. His undergraduate emphasis is in Music and Religion and he is passionate about bringing interdisciplinary perspectives into the entire life of his career.
L. Michael Harold, CFA Michael Harold is co-owner and CFO for The Informed SLP. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and investment analyst at American Century Investments in Kansas City, MO. Mike received a business degree from the University of Kansas and an MBA from The University of Miami (FL). He is married to owner Meredith Harold. Mike and Meredith enjoy listening to podcasts and talking about The Informed SLP at the dinner table. Their five-year-old twins prefer other topics.