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Faculty & Staff

Our faculty are active researchers and presenters at state, national and international conferences. They have numerous publications and serve as editors and on editorial boards of academic journals.  Members of our faculty have been honored as Distinguished Faculty, Endowed Professors, Outstanding Advisors and Research Mentors.  

Our students consistently rank our professors and advisors at levels above both the University and College averages. It is clear that we are eager to share what we know and what we are constantly learning with our students and with the world outside the University.

Academic Faculty



Ryan L. Nelson, PhD, CCC-SLP
Department Head and Professor, Hawthorne-BORSF Endowed Professor I
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 236
Current CV
Phone: 337-482-6726
Research Interests: Childhood Language Disorders; Literacy Construction & Usage; Qualitative Research Methodologies





Laura E. Arrington, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 222
Research Interests: Strengths-Based Practice; Literacy; Mild Traumatic Brain Injury




Jamie Azios, PhD, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor, Doris B. Hawthorne Endowed Chair
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 205
Phone: 337-482-6551
Research Interests: Aphasia; Qualitative Research; Social isolation; Communication access; Life participation approaches; Client-centeredness; Healthcare Interactions



Michael Azios, PhD, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 224
Phone: 337-482-6733
Research Interests: Qualitative Research Methodologies; Stigma Related to Stuttering; Lived Experience of Stuttering; Disability Culture within Educational Contexts; Usefulness of Counseling Practices in Communicative Disorders


Elena Babatsouli (/IPA, ASL), PhD
Associate Professor, Blanco-BORSF Endowed Professor, Editor JMBS, JCL
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 246
Phone: 337-482-6727
Research Interests: Cross-linguistic Child Language Acquisition, Monolingualism, Bilingualism; SSDs; Louisiana Minority Languages; SLA, Phonetics/Phonology; Morphology; Clinical Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Measures
NEW: Multilingual Acquisition Learning




Michael P. Cannito, PhD, CCC-SLP
Professor, Doris B. Hawthorne-BORSF Endowed Professor II
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 207
Current CV
Phone 337-482-1077
Research Interests:
Motor Speech Disorders; Cognitive & Language Disorders in Adults; Neurogenic Voice Disorders; Acoustic Analysis of Speech




Holly L. Damico, PhD, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor, Hawthorne-BORSF Endowed Professor III
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 209
Current CV
Phone 337-482-5240
Research Interests: Language; Literacy; Qualitative Research; Social Engagement; Learning Theory & Application




Leah Dawsey, M.A. Deaf Studies, MLS Library Science
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 230
Interests: American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, & Deaf History




Natalie Douglas, PhD









Judith D. Oxley, PhD, CCC-SLP
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 219
Current CV
Phone: 337-482-1188
Research Interests: Language Development & AAC; AAC in Asia; Acoustic Measures of Speech




Katie Potier, M.S. Deaf Education
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 231
Current CV
Contact:  via Teams
Interests: Language & Literacy Development in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children; Language Deprivation Syndrome & Assessment; Policy, & Program Development for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Poplulation




Patrick J. Rydell, Ed.D, CCC-SLP
Visiting Assistant Professor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 206
Phone: 720-289-0145
Research Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Assessment & Intervention; ASD Learning Styles; ASD Social, Communication & Behavioral Challenges





Christine P. Weill, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 223
Current CV
Phone (337) 482-6721
Research Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders; Language Development; Literacy Development; Social Interaction; Adult Voice & Speech; Qualitative Research Methods

Emeriti Faculty



Jack S. Damico, PhD, CCC-SLP



Phebe Hayes, PhD



John A. Tetnowski, PhD, CCC-SLP

Clinical Faculty




Ashley Kidd, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinic Director
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 201B
Phone: 337-482-1182
Clinical Specialty: Dysphagia; Aphasia; Dysarthria; Stroke; MBSS/Dysphagia Diagnostic



Mona Breaux, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Supervisor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 220
Phone: 337-482-6724
Clinical Specialty: Speech and Language Diagnostics; Early Speech and Language Development



Derek Dupuis, MS, CCC-SLP
Visiting Clinical Supervisor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 215
Phone: 337-482-6722
Clinical Specialty: Language & Literacy Development; Articulation & Phonology; Autism Spectrum Disorder



Katherine Mcquitty Hays, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Supervisor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 221
Phone: 337-482-5241
Clinical Specialty: Early Language Development; Articulation & Phonology; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Speech & Language Diagnostics




Kimberly Muirhead, MS, CCC-SLP
Visiting Clinical Supervisor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 223
Phone 337-482-6707
Clinical Specialty: Language; Literacy; Articulation; Geriatrics



Anne Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F
Clinical Supervisor
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 218
Current CV
Phone 337-482-6870
Clinical Specialty: Stuttering; Articulation & Phonology; Language Development; ASHA Board Certified Fluency Specialist

Adjunct Clinical Staff


Tessa Himel, MS, CCC-SLP
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 249-B

Administrative Staff



Roxanna Guillory Harris
Administrative Assistant III, Department Office
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 236
Phone 337-482-6721
Amanda Percle, PhD, CCC-SLP
Clinic Operations and Outreach Coordinator
Speech, Language, and Hearing Center
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 201
Phone 337-482-6490