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Board Members

  • Thomas Campbell

    Thomas Campbell

    Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Callier Center, University of Texas - Dallas

    Dr. Campbell is Executive Director of The UT-Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders and Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the Department of Audiology and Communication Disorders at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the Center for Acquired Communication Disorders. Dr. Campbell was honored by his profession in 1998, being named a Fellow of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Currently, Dr. Campbell is conducting research in the areas of molecular genetics of childhood apraxia of speech; acquired speech motor disorders in children; and developmental phonological disorders.

  • Susan Caspari

    Susan Caspari

    M.A., CCC-SLP,

    Sue Caspari is nationally recognized as a leading practitioner in the area of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). She has worked extensively with children and adults in a variety of settings including early intervention, private practice and inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, including the Mayo Clinic.  Sue has published scholarly articles on CAS, and is regularly invited to conduct workshops and seminars around the country on CAS. Sue is the owner of Caspari and Colleagues, LLC, a group of SLPs dedicated to providing consultation, evaluation and therapy services for children with CAS and other severe speech sound disorders; and the director of an intensive 5-week summer program for children with CAS. Sue is also on faculty at the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department (CSD) at Temple University in Philadelphia as an instructor and clinical supervisor. Additionally, she will launch a specialty clinic for children with CAS at Temple University.

  • Michael Crary

    Michael Crary

    Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of Florida

    Dr. Crary is a professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Florida Health Science Center. Specializing in disorders of swallowing, voice and speech, primarily resulting from neurological impairment, Dr. Crary has been the Chair of the department since 1995. He was honored in 1994 with the Florida State Speech and Hearing Association’s Clinical Achievement Award in recognition of his interactive work with medical specialists. Dr. Crary is the author of the book, Developmental Motor Speech Disorders, which is highly referenced in professional literature and studies on childhood apraxia of speech, as well as numerous other publications on neurogenic disorders.

  • Heidi Feldman

    Heidi Feldman

    M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

    Dr. Feldman is a developmental pediatrician and the Ballinger-Swindells Endowed Professorship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Stanford Univ. Medical School and Director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Dr. Feldman enjoys extensive support from the NIH, other government agencies, and foundations for her studies of the development of speech and language in children, including childhood apraxia of speech. She has also gained national recognition and funding for her unique programs aimed at training health care professionals, paraprofessionals and medical students in the diagnosis and treatment of children with disabilities.

  • Margaret Fish

    Margaret Fish

    M.S., CCC-SLP, private practice

    Margaret Fish is a speech-language pathologist working in private practice in Highland Park, Illinois. She has 30 years of clinical experience working with children with severe speech-sound disorders, language impairments, and social language challenges. Her primary professional interest is in the evaluation and treatment of children with CAS. Margaret is the author of the book, Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech by Plural Publishing. Her workshops and writing focus on providing practical, evidence-based evaluation and treatment ideas to support children with CAS.

  • David Hammer

    David Hammer

    M.A., CCC-SLP, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

    Dave Hammer has been a clinical therapist since 1979 and Coordinator of Speech and Language Services at Children’s Hospital North in Pittsburgh since 1988. He currently is Manager of Outpatient Speech and Language Services. His clinical experience is wide ranging with specialty interests in childhood apraxia of speech, autism and related disorders, childhood stuttering and severe articulation/phonological disorders. He has lectured extensively and given highly acclaimed “hands-on” workshops on childhood apraxia to speech and language associations; early intervention and school systems; conferences and conventions throughout North America and Australia. He was an appointed member of the ASHA AdHoc Committee on Childhood Apraxia of Speech, helping to write the ASHA Childhood Apraxia of Speech Position Paper and Technical Report as guidance for the association and its membership.

  • Deborah A. Hayden

    Deborah A. Hayden

    M.A., CCC-SLP, SL-P(C), Reg. CASLPO (Ontario, Canada)

    Deborah Hayden is the Founder and Executive Director of the PROMPT Institute located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and an Adjunct Specialist in the Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences at Michigan State University. Her research has been in the field of childhood and adult speech production disorders; phonology, hearing impairment, dysarthria and apraxia. She founded the PROMPT Institute for the purposes of treatment, training and research in speech production disorders. Her current research efforts have been directed towards norming and publishing the VMPAC (Verbal Motor Production Assessment for Children), now available through The Psychological Corporation, and VMPAA (Verbal Motor Production Assessment for Adults) with colleague Dr. Paula Square. She is also a co-author of the EMCS (Early Motor Control Scales). Deborah has published extensively and has presented internationally at workshops and conferences both in United States, Canada, Australia, and Hong Kong.

  • Kathy Jakielski

    Kathy Jakielski

    Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    Dr. Kathy Jakielski is an Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. She received her Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Jakielski has a wide range of experience as a clinical speech language pathologist through her work in Head Start and public schools, hospital systems, as well as private practice. She has a particular interest in how children. She has a particular interest in Childhood Apraxia of Speech and is coauthor of one of Apraxia-Kids most popular articles, “Developmental Apraxia of Speech: Information for Parents”. Recently, she helped to facilitate our first Spanish translation article of this title. “Apraxia del Habla Infantil: Informacion Para Padres”

  • Nancy R. Kaufman

    Nancy R. Kaufman

    M.A., CCC-SLP, Kaufman Children's Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor, and Social Connection

    Nancy Kaufman is the Director of the Kaufman Children’s Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor, and Social Connections, Inc. (KCC), located in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Nancy has specialized in working with children exhibiting apraxia of speech since 1979. She is the author of the Kaufman Speech Praxis Test for Children, the Kaufman Speech Praxis Treatment Kits for Children, the Kaufman Speech Praxis Workout Book, and co-author of the K&K Sign & Say. She lectures locally, nationally, and internationally on the subject of apraxia of speech in children. Families from around the country and the world travel to the KCC to participate in intensive and specialized programs created to meet the needs of their children. Additionally, specialists in the field of Applied Verbal Behavior (AVB) have recently adopted the Kaufman Approach into their protocol for children on the spectrum of autism. Nancy is a recipient of the Clinical Service Award from the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

  • Edwin Maas

    Edwin Maas

    Ph.D., University of Arizona

    Edwin Maas is an assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona.. He received a Masters degree in Neurolinguistics (Aphasiology) from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in 1998, and a PhD in Language and Communicative Disorders from San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego in 2006. He received postdoctoral training in the Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems at Boston University and in the Speech Communication Group at MIT. Dr. Maas has published articles on his research into Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

  • Rebecca McCauley

    Rebecca McCauley

    Ph.D., Ohio State University

    Rebecca McCauley, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at the Ohio State University. She received a Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in the social sciences and psychology, respectively, and entered the profession of speech-language pathology through postdoctoral work at the University of Arizona and Johns Hopkins University. Her areas of expertise include speech sound disorders and language disorders in children. Current research projects address variability in vowel production in severe speech disorders and regional dialects and validation of a teacher rating scale for students’ communicative competence. In addition, she is editing a book on the treatment of children with language disorders.

  • Amy Meredith

    Amy Meredith

    Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Washington State University

    Dr. Meredith is an Assistant Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the Washington State University. She has presented at workshops around the country on assessment and treatment of childhood apraxia of speech. She has published articles and has presented at many conferences about the nature of childhood apraxia of speech. Her research on CAS has focused on prosody and the relationship between disordered prosody and articulatory effort. She is currently investigating potential subtypes of CAS, as well as other speech and language disorders that CAS may be mistaken for. She also has a research interest in literancy and children with apraxia.

  • Dyann Rupp

    Dyann Rupp

    M.S., CCC-SLP, University of Nebraska Medical Center's Rite Care Clinic of the Scottish Rite Masons

    Dyann Rupp is a pediatric speech-language whose main areas of experience include treatment of childhood motor speech disorders (i.e., CAS) and augmentative and alternative communication. Currently, she focuses mainly on treatment of children ages 2-7 years with special emphasis on CAS and other complex speech-sound disorders. Dyann has authored and co-authored evidence-based articles on CAS and has presented at numerous local, state and national conferences. She participates in CAS research and completes training for other speech-language pathologists regarding CAS interventions. Dyann is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and a member of ASHA DIV 12 for Augmentative & Alternative Communication.

  • Lawrence Shriberg

    Lawrence Shriberg

    Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of Wisconsin - Madison

    Dr. Shriberg is Professor of Communication Disorders at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Additionally, he is co-director of The Phonology Clinic and principal investigator on the Phonology Project at the Waisman Center. The Phonology Project has received substantial funding through the NIH and other federal and local sources. It exists as a research program to address three questions: What are the origins of child speech disorders?; What is the best way to assess children with speech disorders? and,What are the most effective ways to help children with speech disorders? Dr. Shriberg’s principal research interests focus on the nature and origin of childhood speech disorders, including studies to identify diagnostic markers for clinical subtypes and studies to develop subtype-specific treatment technologies, one such disorder being childhood apraxia of speech. Dr. Shriberg is also the chairperson of the ASHA AdHoc Commitee on Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

  • Ruth Stoeckel

    Ruth Stoeckel

    Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Mayo Clinic

    Dr. Stoeckel has a breadth of experience working in the schools, private practice as both therapist and training consultant, private rehabilitation agency and clinic. Currently, Dr. Stoeckel is employed at the Mayo Clinic, evaluating and treating young children with a variety of speech-language difficulties, including children with motor speech disorders. She also presents workshops both at both national and international levels on a variety of topics, including Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Cochlear Implants.

  • Edythe Strand

    Edythe Strand

    Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Mayo Clinic

    Dr. Strand is a consultant in the Department of Neurology, Division of Speech Pathology, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and Associate Professor in the Mayo Medical School. Her primary research and clinical interests have been in Neurologic Communication Disorders, especially developmental and acquired apraxia of speech, dysarthria, and neurologic voice disorders. She has published articles and chapters regarding the clinical management of motor speech disorders in children, including treatment efficacy. Dr. Strand is co-editor of the recent book (1999), Clinical Management of Motor Speech Disorders of Children. She lectures frequently throughout the country on childhood apraxia and motor speech disorders in both children and adults.

  • H. Gerry Taylor


    Dr. Taylor is Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. Additionally, he is a pediatric neuropsychologist and the Director of the Rainbow Learning Center at Rainbow Babies Hospital in Cleveland. Dr. Taylor has an extensive record of federally funded investigations of the childhood sequelae of early brain insults. He has collaborated with interdisciplinary teams of investigators to determine the physical, educational, and cognitive sequelae of early brain disease and to identify medical and social factors that predict outcomes. Dr. Taylor’s clinical interests are in neuropsychological assessment of children with neurological disorders, learning disabilities, and attention deficit. He provides clinical and research supervision to fellows and graduate trainees in clinical psychology and neuropsychology. He lectures regularly to pediatric residents and medical students on neuropsychological assessment of children with brain insults, learning disabilities, and attention deficits. He frequently gives research presentations to invited groups and at national and international meetings

  • Shelley L. Velleman

    Shelley L. Velleman

    Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of Vermont

    Dr. Velleman is Chair of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Vermont. She has conducted research and written numerous journal articles about childhood apraxia of speech, its diagnosis and treatment in addition to presenting conferences and workshops on apraxia across the country. Dr. Velleman’s research interests include: early phonology; babble; developmental verbal dyspraxia ; phonological disorders; and the relationship between phonological disorders, language disorders, and learning disorders/differences. She seeks to identify and remediate the motor speech, phonological, and literacy difficulties associated with neurodevelopmental syndromes, such as autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, and 7q11.23 Duplication syndrome (which was just identified in 2004).