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CAPCSD Members,
The CAPCSD Board of Directors has been hard at work in planning the new academic year and welcomed new board members in July: Maya Clark serving as VP of Organizational Advancement, Ashley Harkrider serving as Treasurer, and Jennifer Simpson as President Elect.  We also said goodbye to Carol Dudding, Past President, and Kathy Shapley, Treasurer. We are thankful for their service to CAPCSD and their dedication to serving our member programs. 
We are happy to announce new communication pieces to better serve you - a monthly newsletter and bi-monthly Town Halls. It is our hope that these communication avenues will offer continued transparency into how CAPCSD works to support, promote, and advance all higher education CSD programs. Please see our upcoming news and events at the bottom of this newsletter. 
Preparations have already started for the Fall semester and many of us are trying to end busy summer semesters. I wish all of you a happy new academic year and continued success as your returning students come back and new students enter your programs. CAPCSD is here to offer support, provide guidance and leadership, and help you advance your programs.
In warm regards,

Jennifer Taylor, President


In this first issue we want to introduce your 2022-2023 CAPCSD Board of Directors.

image Jennifer Taylor




Jennifer P. Taylor, Au.D., CCC-A, is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education in Audiology at the University of Memphis; the HIPAA Privacy Officer for the Memphis Speech and Hearing Center; and the Audiologist for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for Developmental Disabilities LEND Grant. Dr. Taylor has been at the University of Memphis since 2003 when she joined the faculty. She is an active volunteer in the Memphis community and in the profession. Dr. Taylor works with pediatrics and their families. Her primary area is in pediatric diagnostics, difficult to test populations, and auditory processing disorders. She currently teaches in clinical experiences, professional development and billing and practice management.


Why I volunteer for CAPCSD
I started volunteering for CAPCSD in 2011 because I wanted to give back to an organization that made me feel as if there were people who knew and understood what I did every day. I continue to volunteer for CAPCSD for these same reasons and because of all the wonderful individuals who have impacted my growth in academia.

image Jennifer Simpson

President Elect



Jennifer Simpson, Au.D., CCC-A, is a Clinical Professor and Associate Head at Purdue University. Currently, she teaches Audiology graduate students in the on-campus audiology clinic and in the classroom.  She also coordinates the 4th year audiology externships.  In July, Jennifer assumed the role of President-Elect, after serving as the CAPCSD Vice President of Organizational Advancement for four years. 


Why I volunteer for CAPCSD

I enjoy volunteering because of the impactful work CAPCSD does and the amazing people who I get to meet at CSD programs across the nation. 

image Michael Bamdad

Immediate Past President 



Michael J. Bamdad, M.A., CCC-SLP, has focused his clinical and research activities on patients with traumatic brain injuries and their families for over 30 years.  He has been published and speaks nationally and internationally on the topics of executive functioning deficits and pragmatic disorders.  He is currently working as the Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


Why I volunteer for CAPCSD

Of the many reasons that I enjoy volunteering for CAPCSD, my first response to this question tends to be that it's the people that I get to meet and interact with.  Over the years, I have developed a tremendous pool of colleagues and friends through CAPCSD.  

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JoAnne Cascia, Ed.D. CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor and Co-Coordinator of the SLP graduate program at Kean University in NJ. Her clinical experience and research activities have focused on pediatric language, specifically social communication and empathy in ASD. JoAnne is also the co-founder and co-coordinator of the Neuro Allies program, a specialization in ASD and Neurodiversity within the Kean University SLP master's program. 


Why I volunteer for CAPCSD

I completed CAPCSD's Leadership Academy in 2015 and have been volunteering with CAPCSD ever since. I truly enjoy the opportunity to meet and work with all of the amazing volunteers at CAPCSD.

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Ashley Whicker Harkrider, Ph.D., CCC-A, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology and Director of the Human Auditory Physiology Laboratory at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Knoxville. Her teaching and research focus on physiological correlates of speech perception and production in typical and disordered populations.


Why I volunteer for CAPCSD

I assumed the role of Treasurer in July after volunteering for CAPCSD for over 12 years. I find the resources provided by CAPCSD invaluable and am grateful for the opportunity to serve an organization that supports current and future generations of leaders in academic health care settings.


Vice President of Admissions



Rachel M. Theodore, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Connecticut, where she directs the UConn Laboratory for Spoken Language Processing. She is also Faculty Affiliate of the Language and Cognition program in the Department of Psychological Sciences, the Cognitive Science Program, and the Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Northeastern University and completed post-doctoral training in Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences at Brown University. Both her B.S. and M.A. are in the field of Speech and Hearing Sciences. She currently serves as Associate Editor for The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America – Express Letters and is Vice President of Admissions on the CAPCSD Board of Directors. 


Why I volunteer for CAPCSD

My favorite aspect of CAPCSD service is the opportunity to learn from and work with bright, passionate, and collaborative people to promote and support excellence for member programs.

Kevin McNamara

Vice President of Clinical Education 



Kevin M. McNamara, M.A., CCC-SLP, is clinical director emeritus in the Department of Communication Disorders at Southern Connecticut State University. Across his career, he has supported children and adults with a wide variety of communication needs, served as a clinical educator and director, and engaged in research and presented on the topic of clinical education. He served on the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Ad Hoc Committee on Supervision Training, and more recently as Chair of the CAPCSD Clinical Educator Resources Committee. He was named an ASHA Fellow in 2019 due, in part, to his work in advancing best practices in clinical education and supervision.  


Why I volunteer for CAPCSD

Volunteering for CSPCSD gives me the opportunity to collaborate with an amazing cohort of colleagues in support of a mission near and dear to my heart - building excellence in CSD academic and clinical programs. 

image Mark DeRuiter

Vice President of Online Professional Development



Mark DeRuiter, M.B.A., Ph.D., CCC-A/SLP, is Director of the Clinical Science Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh. Mark has been actively involved in higher education since 2002 and he has held a variety of service roles within the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Why I volunteer for CAPCSD

I enjoy the nurturing leadership experience that the CAPCSD Board and staff provide to their volunteer leaders.

image Maya Clark

Vice President of Organizational Advancement



Maya Reynolds Clark, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CDE®, has focused her career on multicultural issues that impact communicative interactions as well as encounters in education and healthcare. Her primary teaching, clinical, and scholarship interests include: Cultural, linguistic and socio-economic factors in communication and cognition, Implicit Bias, Compassion Fatigue in health professions, Health disparities, and Social cognitive theory. She also serves as a national consultant and trainer in the areas of leadership, diversity, communication, and social engagement.


Why I volunteer for CAPCSD

I found CAPCSD to be tuned-in to the everyday workings of programs. I've been helped tremendously by the organization's resources and wanted to do the same for others and give back through volunteering.

image Tricia Montgomery

Vice President of Professional Development



Tricia Montgomery, Ph.D., is a faculty member at Florida State University. She serves as the Director of Clinical Education and the Director of the FSU Speech & Hearing Clinic. 


Why I volunteer for CAPCSD

There are many reasons that I enjoy volunteering for CAPCSD. The best benefit has been the friendships I have made over the years. Volunteering has given me the opportunity to connect and collaborate with others who have similar interests and roles in academia. As I transitioned into my new role as the Director of Clinical Education at FSU, I relied on many of the friendships I have made over the years for guidance and support.


Vice President of Research and Academic Affairs



Shubha Kashinath, Ph.D., is a professor in the department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences at Cal State University, East Bay. Her research and teaching interests are in family centered early intervention, autism across the lifespan, and in program development. She is Co-Director for the Center for Disability Justice Research and the 2022-23 Research Development Faculty Fellow at Cal State East Bay. 


Why I volunteer for CAPCSD

I am passionate about supporting academic programs in their mission to provide quality education and training for future speech language pathologists and audiologists.



  • eLearning Course 4 Relaunch - August 16th
  • Conference Call for Papers - September 6th
  • Leadership Academy Applications - September 12th
  • CAPCSD Town Hall - Tuesday, September 20th, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Fall Webinars - TBA
  • Scholarship Applications - TBA

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Preparing our Students to Work in Voice and Upper Airway Fellowships >> here.


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