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Chris Sanford

Dr. Chris Sanford, Ph.D., CCC-A

Associate Professor Audiology
CSD Department Chair

Office: SPA Building 68, Room 204

(208) 282-4196

sanfchri@isu.edu

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006-2009, Boys Town National Research Hospital
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Audiology, 2006, University of Washington
  • Master of Science (M.S.), Audiology, 1999, Brigham Young University
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Audiology and Psychology, 1997, Brigham Young University

Professional Interests: Pediatric hearing screening and assessment including middle-ear diagnostic techniques (e.g., wideband reflectance) and otoacoustic emissions, translational research with goals of improving diagnosis and treatment of hearing impairment in pediatric populations

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking and cooking

Curriculum Vita

Kristina Blaiser

Kristina Blaiser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor

Office: Meridian Health Science Center, Room 594

208-373-1814

kristina.blaiser@isu.edu

Education 

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Speech-Language Hearing Sciences, 2010, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communication Disorders and Speech Sciences, 1998, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 1996, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 

Professional Areas of Interests: Program evaluation and assessment of children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing, family coaching, telehealth models of service delivery

Personal Interests/Hobbies: time with family and friends, outdoor activities, music & reading

Kris L. Brock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor (AAC)

Office: Office: Meridian Health Sciences Center, Room 808D

208-373-1918

BrocKris@ISU.edu

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2015, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech Language Pathology, 2008, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Speech Language Pathology, 2007, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA

Professional areas of Interests: The effectiveness and efficiency of augmentative and alternative communication systems, intervention, and associated variables related to technology, animation, and working memory. Populations studied include stroke survivors with nonfluent aphasia and children with developmental disabilities.

Personal Interests: International Therapy (Belize), skiing, surfing, theme parking (“No, no I don’t want to build a snowman.”), traveling (Germany here I come!), IPA is more than just phonetics, and Tough Mudder®

Alycia Cummings

Alycia Cummings, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

Office: Meridian Health Science Center, Room 587

208-373-1772

cummalyc@isu.edu

Education 

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Language and Communicative Disorders, 2009, University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology, 2000, Stanford University

Professional Areas of Interests: Developmental speech sound disorders, EEG/ERP

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Walking my dogs, gardening, watching movies, listening to audio books

Beth Guzi

Beth Guzi, M.S., CCC-SLP, LPC

Clinical Professor

Office: Meridian Health Science Center, Room 545

(208) 373-1721

gurybeth@isu.edu

Education 

  • Master of Counseling (M.C.), Mental Health Counseling, 2010, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho 
  • Master of Science (M.S.), Speech Language Pathology, 1985, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Audiology and Speech Science, 1983, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Professional Areas of Interests: Adult neurological rehabilitation, group therapy, counseling, and student learning

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Reading, mindfulness, hiking, and fishing

Karrie Cummings Hansen

Karrie Cummings Hansen, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: Meridian Health Science Center, Room 553

(208) 373-1736

hanskarr@isu.edu

Education 

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech Language Pathology, 2005, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID 
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Teaching, 2000, Boise State University, Boise, ID

Professional Areas of Interests: Head and neck cancer, pediatric and adult dysphagia, cognitive rehabilitation, aphasia and video fluroscopic swallow studies, clinical teaching

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Gardening, trail running, mountain biking and hiking.

Amy Hardy

Amy Hardy, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Associate Professor
Online Coordinator

Office: Meridian Health Science Center, Room 548

(208) 373-1724

hardamy3@isu.edu

Education 

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication Disorders, 2001, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication Disorders, 1996, Arizona State University, AZ

Professional Areas of Interests: pediatric dysphagia, Infant-Toddler Intervention, pediatric and adult speech and language, telehealth, advances in clinical supervision, online programs

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Gardening, hiking, and paddle boarding

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Daniel Hudock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor
Program Director
Founder/Director of the Northwest Center for Fluency Disorders (NWCFD)

Office: Pocatello, SPA Building 68, Room 322

(208) 282-4403

hudock@isu.edu

http://www.northwestfluency.org

Education 

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2012, East Carolina University 
  • Masters of Science (M.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2008, East Carolina University 
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2006, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Professional Areas of Interests: Stuttering and other fluency-based disorders, counseling and interprofessional collaborations between mental-health professionals and Speech Language Pathologists, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and the neuroscience of speech perception and production as measured via EEG.

 

Research Interest Include: Training and outcomes related to interprofessional collaborations between mental-health professionals and Speech Language Pathologists, holistic stuttering therapy targeting emotional, psychological, and social impacts from communication disorders, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), sender / receiver dynamics during communication exchanges via biopsychophysiological measures (electro-dermal skin conductance response, heart-rate variability, and eye-tracking), and EEG analysis of speech perception and production in fluent speakers and speakers who stutter.

 

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Anything outdoors (camping, backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, spending time at the beach, etc.), traveling, sports (racquetball, tennis, golf, disc golf, softball.), the Pittsburgh Steelers, the arts (plays, musicals, galleries, exhibitions, museums, concerts), spending time with family, dining, cooking, technology, listening to podcasts, watching TED videos, reading, anything to do with science and pretty much anything else.

Curriculum Vitae

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Kathleen Kangas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Tenured Professor
Dean College of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences

Office: Pocatello, Nursing Building #66, Room 204

208-282-4130

kangkath@isu.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Purdue University
  • M.S.P.A., University of Washington
  • B.S., Northern Michigan University

Professional Areas of Interests: Augmentative & Alternative Communication, Child Language

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Skiing, Hiking, Gardening

Joni G. Loftin

Joni G. Loftin, M.S.P., CCC-SLP, COM

Clinical Professor
Associate Chair, Co-Director SLP Program
Certified Orofacial Myologist

Office: Meridian Health Science Center, Room 538

(208) 373-1728

loftjoni@isu.edu

Education 

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology, 1986, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology, 1984, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Professional Areas of Interests: Assessment and Treatment of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, Infant-Toddler-Preschool Language Intervention, Family-Centered Service Delivery.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Biking, Hiking, Cooking, X-C skiing, snowshoeing, camping, and travel

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Connie Miller, M.S., CCC-SLP

Office: Pocatello, SPA Building 68, Room 330C

(208) 282-5341

millconn@isu.edu

Education 

  • Master of Science (M.S.), Speech Language Pathology, 1992, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho 
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Speech Pathology and Audiology, 1990,Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho
  • Associates Degree (Assoc.), Communication Disorders, 1988, Rick's College, Rexburg, Idaho

Professional Areas of Interests: Child speech sound disorders, social thinking skills, classroom based social training, treatment efficacy, multidisciplinary teams, community/family education and awareness, and student supervision

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Reading, making chocolates, writing, photography, hiking, camping, genealogy

Karissa Miller

Karissa Miller, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: SPA Building 68, Room 330A

(208) 282-3316

maiekari@isu.edu

Education 

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech Language Pathology, 2007, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID 
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Speech Pathology and Audiology, 2005, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

Professional Areas of Interests: Adult neurological rehabilitation, Acquired brain injury, executive function, interdisciplinary rehabilitation, community/family education and awareness, student supervision, Infant-Toddler Speech and language.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Athletics, hiking, backpacking, camping, a great book, cooking and puzzles.

Wendy Morgan

Wendy Morgan, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Associate Professor
Clinical Coordinator, Pocatello Campus

Office: SPA Building 68, Room 222

(208) 282-2219

hanswen2@isu.edu

Education 

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech Language Pathology, 1995, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID 
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Speech Pathology and Audiology, 1993, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

Professional Areas of Interests: Adult neurological rehabilitation, Acquired brain injury, dysphagia, interdisciplinary rehabilitation, community education and awareness.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Running, mountain biking, hiking, XC and downhill skiing, camping, and watching soccer

Diane Ogiela

Diane Ogiela, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor

Office: Meridian Health Science Center, Room 589

(208) 373-1853

ogiedian@isu.edu

Education 

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Developmental Neurolinguistics Lab, 2009, University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders, Dallas, TX 
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Audiology and Speech Sciences, 2007, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Audiology and Speech Sciences, 1995, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Linguistic Studies, 1993, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York 
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology, 1991, Illinois Benedictine College, Lisle, IL

Professional Areas of Interests: Language science, language development and processing in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI), morphology and syntax, school-age language disorders, approaches to assessment in child language, and language sample analysis training.

Research: Using event-related potentials/electrophysiological measures to examine language processing in children with specific language impairment; Evaluation of morphology and complex syntax comprehension and production in children with SLI; Language sample analysis training outcomes in undergraduate and graduate SLP students. 

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, biking, camping, gardening, cooking, reading, watching science fiction and super-hero movies

Curriculum Vitae

 

Robin Pierce Ament

Robin Pierce Ament, M.A., CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor
Online Clinic Coordinator

Office: SPA Building 68, Room 210B

(208) 282-3809

amenrob2@isu.edu

Education 

  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communication Disorders and Speech Sciences, 1993, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. 
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 1985, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Professional Areas of Interests: Service in the public schools, early literacy, and bilingualism

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Hiking/trail running, music, time with family

Heather Ramsdell-Hudock

Heather Ramsdell-Hudock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor

Office: SPA Building 68, Room 330B

(208) 282-3077

ramsdell@isu.edu

Labs: Nursing Building 66, Rooms 332, 334 & SPA Building 68, Rooms 212, 213 

Education 

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Speech-Language Pathology, 2009, The University of Memphis 
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology, 2003, Boston University 
  • Bachelors of Art (B.A.) in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 2001, Iona College

Professional Areas of Interests: Infant Vocal Development, caregiver-infant reciprocity, phonetics, phonology, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students through the scientific process

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with my family and friends, mountain biking, cooking, going out to eat, traveling, swimming, watching football (GO GIANTS!), skiing, and exploring new places.

Curriculum Vita

Victoria Scharp

Victoria (Tori) Scharp, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

Office: SPA Building 68, Room 314B

(208) 282-4576

scharp@isu.edu

Education 

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2016, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Speech-Language Pathology, 2002, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 2000, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Academic interests: Cognitive and psycholinguistic bases of neurological communicative disorders, semantic and discourse comprehension, nature and treatment of right hemisphere communication processes and disorders, and acquired neurogenic language disorders in adults

Hobbies: hiking, playing tennis, reading, snowshoeing, and traveling

Shauna Smith

Shauna L.H. Smith, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Associate Professor
Clinic Director

Office: Meridian Health Sciences Center, Room 549

(208) 373-1720

ssmith@isu.edu

Education 

  • Certification in Orofacial Myology, 2012, International Association of Orofacial Myology
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech Language Pathology, 2005, Idaho State University
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S,) in Speech Pathology & Audiology, 2003, Idaho State University

Professional Areas of Interests: Adult neurological rehabilitation, TBI, dysphagia, voice, clinical supervision

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, camping, cooking, reading, and playing with my dogs

Mary Van Donsel

Mary Van Donsel, M.S.R., CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: Meridian Health Science Center, Room 547

(208) 373-1727

vandmary@isu.edu

Education 

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Rehabilitation Science, Speech-Language Pathology, 2001, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology, 1997, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA

Professional Areas of Interests: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, speech sound disorders (articulation, phonology, childhood apraxia of speech), family education to improve therapy carryover within the home, interprofessional approaches to therapy for children with involvement in multiple areas, clinical supervision.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Music, sewing/cross-stitch/crochet, outdoor activities, doing fun things with my family, exploring new places.

Dave Woods

Dave Woods, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: SPA Building 68, Room 314A

(208) 282-3349

wooddav4@isu.edu

Education

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech & Hearing Science, 1998, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Linguistics, 1996, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Professional Areas of Interests: Bilingual evaluation and treatment in Speech-Language Pathology, fluency disorders, child speech-language development and disorders, interpreting/translating.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: After God and family, other interests include backpacking, fishing, running, and gardening. For entertainment, I enjoy the arts, listening to The Beatles, watching college sports and the stock market.

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