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Meet our Clinicians

Danica Billingsly, Au.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor in Audiology

Areas of Interest:

  • Tinnitus evaluation and treatment
  • Hearing through life transitions (adolescent/adult)
  • Bilingualism
  • Amplification/hearing aids and hearing assistive technology outcomes

Undergraduate Education: Western Illinois University

Graduate Education:

  • Western Illinois University
  • Salus University

Languages: English, Spanish (conversational), ASL (rudimentary)

Joined NIU: October 2014


Mariah Cheyney
Clinical Assistant Professor in Audiology

Areas of Interest:

  • Infant electrophysiology and diagnostic testing
  • Advanced middle ear assessment
  • Cochlear implant and osseointegrated implant programming
  • Rehabilitation for children with hearing loss

Undergraduate Education: Ohio State University

Graduate Education: University of Pittsburgh


Laura Emmert
Clinic Supervisor in Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of Interest:

  • School-aged speech and language disorders
  • Stuttering (adults and children)

Undergraduate Education: Northern Illinois University

Graduate Education: Northern Illinois University

Language: English

Joined NIU: September 2011


Karen Geist
Clinic Supervisor in Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of Interest:

  • Dysphagia
  • Aphasia
  • Cognitive-communicative disorders

Undergraduate Education: Northern Illinois University

Graduate Education: Northern Illinois University

Languages: English and German

Joined NIU: 2011


In-Sop Kim, Ph.D
Associate Professor in Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of Interest:

  • Neuromotor Speech Disorders (apraxia of speech and Parkinson's disease)
  • Functional near-infrared optical brain imaging (FNIR) study
  • Speech intelligibility and cognitive processing in bilingual populations

Blythe Kitner
Clinical Assistant Professor in Audiology

Areas of Interest:

  • Electrophysiology
  • Balance
  • Pediatric and adult hearing evaluations and treatment
  • Concussion assessment
  • Tinnitus

Undergraduate Education: Millikin University

Graduate Education: Rush University


Judy Lutz
Clinic Supervisor in Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of interest:

  • Autism
  • AAC
  • Verbal apraxia

Undergraduate Education: University of Missouri

Graduate Education: St. Louis University

Language: English

Joined NIU: May 2015


Debbie McGee
Clinical Assistant Professor in Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of Interest:

  • Early Intervention
  • Pediatrics

Undergraduate Education: Northern Illinois University

Graduate Education: Northern Illinois University

Languages: English

Joined NIU: February 2013


Sarah O'Connor
Clinical Assistant Professor in Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of Interest: Augmentative and alternative communication

Undergraduate Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Graduate Education: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Language: English

Joined NIU: 2014


Michelle O’Loughlin MA CCC/SLP-L
Clinical Assistant Professor in Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of Interest:

  • Pediatric fluency
  • Articulation/phonology disorders
  • Receptive/expressive language disorders

Undergraduate Education: Northern Illinois University

Graduate Education: Northern Illinois University

Language: English

Joined NIU: May, 2015


Janet Olson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of Interest:

  • Early intervention
  • Hearing impairment in children
  • Family-based treatment

Graduate Education:

  • Northern Illinois University
  • University of Illinois

Emily Palmer, MA, CCC-SLP
Clinical Assistant Professor in Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of Interest:

Adult population

  • Aphasia
  • Motor speech disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Cognitive-communication impairments

Undergraduate Education: University of North Dakota

Graduate Education: Northwestern University

Language: English

Joined NIU: September 2016


Diane ScheckLong
Clinical Assistant Professor in Audiology

Areas of Interest:

  • Adult Diagnostics
  • Hearing Aids<
  • Aural Rehabilitation
  • Community Outreach

Undergraduate Education: DePaul University

Graduate Education:

  • Northwestern University
  • AT Still University

Languages: English, German

Joined NIU: 2005


Patricia Tattersall, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor in Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of Interest:

  • Connection between oral and written language
  • Service Delivery
  • Assessment

Undergraduate Education: University of Iowa

Graduate Education:

  • Northern Illinois University
  • Western Michigan University

Kim Wedoff
Clinical Assistant Professor in Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of Interest:

  • Early intervention
  • Child language development
  • Autism

Undergraduate Education: Eastern Illinois University, B.S.

Graduate Education:

  • National Louis University, M.S. in management
  • Nova Southeastern University, M.S. in speech-language pathology

Language: English

Joined NIU: October 2016


Renee Wootton, M.A., CCC/SLP
Clinic Supervisor in Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of Interest:

  • Language Development
  • Child and Adult speech and language disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Speech, language, and cognitive impairment resulting from acquired neurogenic disorders
  • Sensory stimulation for brain injured individuals in coma

Undergraduate Education: Ohio University

Graduate Education: Ohio University

Language: English

Joined NIU: November 2015

Certificates/Licenses:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Licensed to practice Speech-Language Pathology in the state of Illinois
  • Educator License Type 73

Schedule an Appointment

Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
815-753-1481
slhc@niu.edu

3100 Sycamore Road
DeKalb, IL 60115