What setting are you working in currently and what do you do?
I am an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northeastern University where I conduct research, teach, and engage in community service with my students. I am also a clinical researcher as part of the Spaulding/Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System.
What excites you about your current professional projects?
I am particularly excited about my projects focused on brain health, neuroplasticity, and cognitive exercise in neurotypical adults and adults with various neurologic diagnoses. And, it has been wonderful developing collaborations with people who are interested in these topics!
What advice do you give to the next generation of speech pathologists?
Three pieces of advice: 1) Always remember why you became an SLP, especially on bad days; 2) Don't ask your patients/clients/students to do something that you are not willing to do yourself; and 3) Figure out a good work-life balance. You're no good to anyone if you're not taking care of yourself!
Congratulations on receiving the ASHA Fellow Award at the ASHA Convention in New Orleans in November!
Thank you! I am so greatly honored and humbled to have been nominated and chosen for this award by amazing professional colleagues and role models whom I greatly respect. To be recognized for what a person has dedicated their life to feels really good