Department of Communication
Sciences and Disorders

West Chester University

Dr. Cheryl D. Gunter, Chair
201 Carter Drive, Suite 400
West Chester, PA  19383
Phone:  610.436.2115
Fax:  610.436.3388
cgunter@wcupa.edu


Faculty & Staff

 




Cheryl D. Gunter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor and Chairperson
Dr. Gunter earned the B.A. degree (with honors) in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the M.A. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Memphis State University (now The University of Memphis). She then completed a Clinical Fellowship in Childhood Aphasia at The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center-Memphis. She then earned the Ph.D. degree in Communication Sciences from The University of Texas-Austin. Prior to her appointment at West Chester University, she held an appointment as Assistant Professor and Clinic Coordinator, then an appointment as Associate Professor (with tenure) and Clinic Coordinator at Iowa State University-Ames. In addition, she was named a Fulbright Scholar and, with support from the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, held an appointment in the Institute of Health Care at The University of Malta. While her primary instructional and clinical practice interest has centered on pediatric communication development and disorders, Dr. Gunter has also instructed courses and seminars related to various dimensions of clinical service delivery and has pursued her scholarly interest in clinical practice, clinical education, and clinical instruction issues. Dr. Gunter has maintained an active consultation practice and has been a leader in various state and national level professional associations as an officer and a publication editor. At present, she serves the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association as an Executive Board member - Vice-President for Publications - and Editor of the Keystater.
Mareile Koenig, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor
Graduate Program Coordinator
Mareile Koenig
Dr. Mareile Koenig earned a B.S. and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Illinois. She has extensive clinical experience in supporting children with ASD through home-based and center-based models involving both behavioral and developmental evidence-based approaches. Her research interests include the professional preparation of SLPs for autism treatment; cross-disciplinary collaboration; and issues related to the communication, social cognition, and behavior of children with ASD. Dr. Koenig participated as a Co-Facilitator of the Education/Certification Sub-Committee of the Pennsylvania Autism Task Force and she serves as a consultant to support groups for families of children with autism. She is also a collaborator in the cross-disciplinary Autism Certification Program at West Chester University.
Jennifer Walsh Means, SLP.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor
Director of Speech-Language and Hearing Clinical Services
Jennifer Means
Dr. Jennifer Walsh Means received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from West Chester University and her Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP.D.) from Nova Southeastern University. She returned to her alma mater as a faculty member in 2002 with extensive experience as a public school speech-language pathologist with an expertise in reading and writing disorders. Her primary teaching responsibilities are in the areas related to school-based practices, fluency disorders and clinical supervision. Dr. Means was recently appointed the Director of Clinical Speech, Language and Hearing Services. As Director she coordinates services for children and adults in the department's on-site clinic. She also coordinates school-based and medical internships for all graduate students. She is the author of publications and presentations addressing clinical supervision, educational law, and school-bases services.
Elizabeth U. Grillo, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor
BA/PCP Coordinator
Photo of Elizabeth Grillo

Dr. Elizabeth Grillo earned a B.M. in vocal performance from Indiana University, an M.S. in speech-language pathology from Teacher's College Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in communication science and disorders from the University of Pittsburgh.  Her clinical expertise is in voice disorders and in medical speech-language pathology.  Currently, her research related to voice is addressing aerodynamic measures, the Global Voice Prevention and Therapy Model, apps, and telepractice.  Her research has been supported by internal grants at WCU with dissemination of results in peer-reviewed publications and presentations at local, state, and national conferences.       

Patricia A. Swasey Washington, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
NSSLHA Faculty Advisor

Bilingual Emphasis Coordinator

Patricia A. Swasey Washington
Dr. Patricia Swasey Washington received a B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and Spanish from Douglass College, Rutgers University in 1987, an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from William Paterson University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from Temple University in 2010. She has extensive experience as a speech-language pathologist, providing services to monolingual and bilingual individuals in a variety of settings (including school and healthcare). Prior to joining the faculty of the Communicative Disorders Department of West Chester University, Dr. Swasey Washington served as interim director of clinical education and clinical services as well as speech-language supervisor for the Temple University Speech-Language-Hearing Center. Her research focuses on the development of language in Spanish-speaking English Language Learners.

Sojung Kim, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor

Assessment Coordinator

Sojung Kim
Dr. Sojung Kim received her B.A. degree in child psychology and education from Seung Kyun Kwan University in Seoul, Korea. In 2002, Dr. Kim completed her M.A. in speech language pathology at Ohio University. She worked as an early intervention provider for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for four years where she managed a caseload of 20 to 30 infants and toddlers per year and supervised speech language pathologists. In 2006, Dr. Kim started working on her Ph.D. degree engaging in research endeavors as part of the Infant Child Research Programs in the department of speech and hearing science at Arizona State University. After completion of her Ph.D. in summer 2010, she worked as a faculty research associate at Arizona State University by supervising graduate clinicians and teaching undergraduate and graduate classes. She joined the WCU faculty in fall 2011. Her research interests include language assessment and intervention in infants and toddlers, research methodology and statistics, and diverse computer software programs for language transcripts.

Supraja Anand, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Supraja Anand
Supraja Anand earned her B.S. in speech and hearing from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore, India in 2005. She subsequently earned her M.S in speech-language pathology from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing in 2007. Upon graduation, Dr. Anand worked for 12 months as a research assistant in the Department of Speech-Language Sciences at All India Institute of Speech and Hearing. She began pursuing her doctorate at the University of Florida in August 2008. Upon completion of her doctoral studies in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in 2013, she worked (January-April 2014) as a post-doctoral associate with Dr. Cara Stepp in the Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Engineering Lab, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Boston University. Her primary research interests include evaluation of effects aging on speech production, effects of task complexity on acoustic characteristics of speech of individuals with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and speech staging in individuals with PD.

Jeanette Benigas, Ph.D. CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor

Jeanette Benigas (Photo)
Dr. Jeanette Benigas received her B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Toledo, her M.A. from Eastern Michigan University in Speech-Language Pathology, and completed a specialization certificate in aging and Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University.  She has extensive experience working as a speech-language pathologist (SLP), initially with pediatrics in the private practice and school settings.  Her most recent clinical experience includes serving as an SLP in the nursing home and home health settings. Practice in these settings contribute to her research interests, which involve improving quality of life for persons with dementia, specifically for those of have eating and swallowing impairments.  Her research has focused on evaluating reading comprehension abilities in people with dementia for use of visual aids and teaching swallowing strategies to people with dementia to avoid unwanted dietary modifications used in medical settings.


 

Staff

 

Christine Smith, Department
Secretary
Christine Smith
Brandes Winters, Clinic Secretary Brandes Winters