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Diane Morean

Elmhurst University faculty member Diane Morean

Diane Morean, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, MSCI

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

B.A., Florida Atlantic University
Ph.D., Northwestern University
MSCI, Northwestern University


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Dr. Morean is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elmhurst University. She undertook a career in speech language pathology because she believes that communication is fundamental to our human identity and to our core need for relationships. Dr. Morean earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology plus a Minor in Spanish at Florida Atlantic University, where she graduated summa cum laude, received the top university scholar award, and top honor’s student awards in Psychology, Language Arts, and Public Speaking. Dr. Morean earned her Ph.D. in Communication Disorders with certification in Cognitive Neuroscience at Northwestern University and has worked extensively with individuals who have aphasia, primarily addressing word retrieval deficits.

She was subsequently awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to study Advanced Research in the Rehabilitation of Neurological Speech Disorders at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now Shirley Ryan Ability Lab). During that time, she earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Investigation, secured grant funding for her research on word retrieval and cognitive deficits following chemotherapy for breast cancer, and produced an approved Continuing Education class for health care professionals.

Dr. Morean is lead author of peer-reviewed journal articles on language and cognitive disorders and has articles in preparation. Her most recent presentations have been focused on mindfulness and fluency disorders. On the side, she works in a private practice with individuals with fluency disorders and serves as a facilitator each summer at Camp Shout Out for children who stutter.

Dr. Morean has taught Neurology, Dysfluency, and Research Methods to graduate students, and, Neurology, Speech Science, Speech Pathology in Medical Settings, Speech Pathology in Educational Settings, and Phonological Disorders in Children to undergraduate students. She has served as an advisor on Master’s theses related to the cognitive and language effects of chemotherapy for cancer. Dr. Morean has also served as a mentor to a Creative and Scholarly Endeavors (CASE) research fellow investigating the neurocognitive effects of chemotherapy-induced hearing loss on pediatric brain tumor survivors. Dr. Morean considers it a privilege to be a part of helping students reach their goals and takes great joy in mentoring.

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