B.A. & M.A., Wayne State University; Doctorate of Health Sciences, T. Still/Arizona School of Health Sciences; Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
Prior to joining the Elmhurst College team, Dr. Thomas worked as an Assistant Professor teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including Phonology and Speech Sound Disorders, Autism, School-Based Practicum, Child Language Development, Speech Science, and Language and Literacy Disorders. As a clinical faculty member, Dr. Thomas has supervised students and recent graduates during their on-site practicum and during their off-site hospital and school-based practica.
Her clinical experience spans 30 years in a variety of settings and with clientele across the lifespan. During her time in the hospital and private practice, she provided assessment and intervention services for premature and infants and early intervention settings. In the schools, her caseload included both the elementary and secondary students. Most recently, her work in the skilled nursing setting with the geriatric population has focused on acquired and cognitive language impairments and dysphagia.
Dr. Thomas has published and presented in national and local venues. She has authored or co-authored numerous papers, a book chapter and research projects in adult acquired disorders, health literacy, interdisciplinary assessments and treatment in children and research in the development of academic language. She is active in ASHA and is a reviewer for the Perspectives in Gerontology journal.
Her research interests include the quality of life of caregivers, health literacy, Dementia and cognitive deficits of aging and math language difficulties in children with language and learning disabilities.