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Faculty & Staff

Our faculty are active researchers and presenters at state, national and international conferences. They have numerous publications and serve as editors and on editorial boards of academic journals.  Members of our faculty have been honored as Distinguished Faculty, Endowed Professors, Outstanding Advisors and Research Mentors.  

Our students consistently rank our professors and advisors at levels above both the University and College averages. It is clear that we are eager to share what we know and what we are constantly learning with our students and with the world outside the University.

Academic Faculty

    


 

Ryan L. Nelson, PhD, CCC-SLP
Department Head and Professor, Hawthorne-BORSF Endowed Professor I
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 236
Current CV
Phone: 337-482-6726
Email: ryan.nelson@louisiana.edu
Research Interests: Childhood Language Disorders; Literacy Construction & Usage; Qualitative Research Methodologies

 

 

 


 

Laura E. Arrington, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 222
Phone:337-482-6869
Research Interests: Strengths-Based Practice; Literacy; Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

 
 

    


 

Jamie Azios, PhD, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor, Doris B. Hawthorne Endowed Chair
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 205
Phone: 337-482-6551
Research Interests: Aphasia; Qualitative Research; Social isolation; Communication access; Life participation approaches; Client-centeredness; Healthcare Interactions
 

    


 

Michael Azios, PhD, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 224
Phone: 337-482-6733
Research Interests: Qualitative Research Methodologies; Stigma Related to Stuttering; Lived Experience of Stuttering; Disability Culture within Educational Contexts; Usefulness of Counseling Practices in Communicative Disorders
 

   


 

Elena Babatsouli (/IPA, ASL), PhD
Associate Professor, Blanco-BORSF Endowed Professor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 246
Phone: 337-482-6727
Research Interests: Cross-linguistic Child Language Acquisition, Monolingualism, Bilingualism; SSDs; Louisiana Minority Languages; SLA, Phonetics/Phonology; Morphology; Clinical Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Measures
 

  

    


 


 
Michael P. Cannito, PhD, CCC-SLP
Professor, Doris B. Hawthorne-BORSF Endowed Professor II
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 207
Current CV
Phone 337-482-1077
Email: michael.cannito@louisiana.edu
Research Interests:
Motor Speech Disorders; Cognitive & Language Disorders in Adults; Neurogenic Voice Disorders; Acoustic Analysis of Speech

 

    


 

Holly L. Damico, PhD, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor, Hawthorne-BORSF Endowed Professor III
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 209
Current CV
Phone 337-482-5240
Email: holly.damico@louisiana.edu
Research Interests: Language; Literacy; Qualitative Research; Social Engagement; Learning Theory & Application

 

    

 

 

Leah Dawsey, M.A. Deaf Studies, MLS Library Science
Instructor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 230
Contact
Interests: American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, & Deaf History

 

Natalie Douglas, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

    


 

Judith D. Oxley, PhD, CCC-SLP
Professor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 219
Current CV
Phone: 337-482-1188
Email: judith.oxley@louisiana.edu
Research Interests: Language Development & AAC; AAC in Asia; Acoustic Measures of Speech

 

   


 

Katie Potier, M.S. Deaf Education
Instructor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 231
Current CV
Contact:  via Teams
Email: katie.potier@louisiana.edu
Interests: Language & Literacy Development in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children; Language Deprivation Syndrome & Assessment; Policy, & Program Development for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Poplulation

 

   


 

Patrick J. Rydell, Ed.D, CCC-SLP
Visiting Assistant Professor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 206
Phone: 720-289-0145
Research Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Assessment & Intervention; ASD Learning Styles; ASD Social, Communication & Behavioral Challenges


 

   

 

 

Christine P. Weill, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 223
Current CV
Phone (337) 482-6721
Email: christine.weill@louisiana.edu      
Research Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders; Language Development; Literacy Development; Social Interaction; Adult Voice & Speech; Qualitative Research Methods

Emeriti Faculty

 

         

Jack S. Damico, PhD, CCC-SLP

 
 

     

Phebe Hayes, PhD
 

     

 

John A. Tetnowski, PhD, CCC-SLP
 

Clinical Faculty

 

   

 

Ashley Kidd, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinic Director
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 201B
Phone: 337-482-1182
Email: ashley.kidd@louisiana.edu
Clinical Specialty: Dysphagia; Aphasia; Dysarthria; Stroke; MBSS/Dysphagia Diagnostic

    


 

Mona Breaux, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Supervisor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 220
Phone: 337-482-6724
Email: ramona.breaux@louisiana.edu
Clinical Specialty: Speech and Language Diagnostics; Early Speech and Language Development

   


 

Derek Dupuis, MS, CCC-SLP
Visiting Clinical Supervisor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 215
Phone: 337-482-6722
Clinical Specialty: Language & Literacy Development; Articulation & Phonology; Autism Spectrum Disorder

    


 

Katherine Mcquitty Hays, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Supervisor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 221
Phone: 337-482-5241
Email: katherine.hays@louisiana.edu
Clinical Specialty: Early Language Development; Articulation & Phonology; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Speech & Language Diagnostics


				

    


 


Kimberly Muirhead, MS, CCC-SLP
Visiting Clinical Supervisor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 223
Phone 337-482-6707
Email: kimberly.muirhead@louisiana.edu
Clinical Specialty: Language; Literacy; Articulation; Geriatrics
 
 
 

    


 

Anne Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F
Clinical Supervisor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 218
Current CV
Phone 337-482-6870
Email: anne.williams@louisiana.edu
Clinical Specialty: Stuttering; Articulation & Phonology; Language Development; ASHA Board Certified Fluency Specialist

Adjunct Clinical Staff

 

 
Tessa Himel, MS, CCC-SLP
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 249-B
Evaluations/Diagnostics

Administrative Staff

    


 

Roxanna Guillory Harris
Administrative Assistant III, Department Office
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 236
Phone 337-482-6721
Email: rharris@louisiana.edu
 
Amanda Percle, PhD, CCC-SLP
Clinic Operations and Outreach Coordinator
Speech, Language, and Hearing Center
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 201
Phone 337-482-6490
Email: amanda.percle@louisiana.edu; speech@louisiana.edu