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 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 a one-year appointment as a visiting professor in the Institute of Health Care at The University of Malta. While her clinical interests have centered on the diagnostic process, Dr. Gunter has also instructed on various dimensions of typical and atypical communication and has pursued her scholarly interest in clinical practice and clinical education issues. Dr. Gunter has maintained an active consultation practice in which she has provided diagnostic services across a variety of clinical practice sites, as well as communication enhancement services to individuals with communication differences who are interested in improvement of personal and professional communication skills. Dr. Gunter has been a leader in state and national level professional associations as an officer and a publication editor. She served on the Executive Boards for the Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA) and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) and was Editor of the PSHA Journal. She also served on the state Executive Board for one other professional association. She also served on the national Steering Committee for SIG 11 (Clinical Administration and Clinical Supervision) and was Editor of the SIG 11 publication, Perspectives on Administration and Supervision. She also served on the national Executive Board for two other professional associations.
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.
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.
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 grants at WCU and an R15 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health. Her work has been disseminated through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at local, state, and national conferences.
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.
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.