Meet Our Clinicians


Avanti Bhatia
Clinical Supervisor for Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of Interest:

  • Childhood language disorders
  • Pediatric aural rehabilitation
  • Early Intervention

Undergraduate Education: Northwestern University

Graduate Education: Purdue University

Languages: English, Hindi

Joined NIU: 2022


Danica Billingsly, Au.D.
Clinical Associate 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 Associate 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


Kortney Flowers, M.A., CCC-SLP/L
Clinical Supervisor for Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of Interest:

  • Language disorders
  • Literacy skills
  • Speech sound disorders
  • Stuttering

Undergraduate Education: Elmhurst College

Graduate Education: Northern Illinois University

Language: English

Joined NIU: 2022


Ellen Henning, M.A., CCC-SLP/L
Clinical Supervisor for Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of Interest:

  • Preschool and elementary school-age populations
  • Literacy (shared reading, phonological awareness, children's literature)
  • Speech sound disorders
  • Language disorders

Undergraduate Education: Augustana College

Graduate Education: Miami University of Ohio

Language: English

Joined NIU: 2022


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


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


Anna Mitchell-Cannone, M.A., CCC-SLP/L
Clinical Assistant Professor in Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of Interest:

  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Hippotherapy
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • Language development
  • Advocacy
  • Pediatrics

Undergraduate Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Graduate Education: Northern Illinois University

Languages: English, Spanish (conversational)

Joined NIU: August 2021


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


Janet Olson, Ph.D.
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, M.S., 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


Jamela Robson, M.A., CCC-SLP
Clinical Supervisor in Speech Language Pathology

Areas of Interest:

  • Autism
  • Language processing
  • Early literacy
  • Social/pragmatic communication
  • Complex learning profiles
  • Education advocacy

Undergraduate Education: Northern Illinois University

Graduate Education: Northwestern University

Language: English

Joined NIU: 2022


Diane ScheckLong, Au.D., CCC-A
Assistant Clinical Professor in Audiology

Areas of Interest:

  • Hearing assessment of all ages, with a particular interest in the geriatric population
  • Aural rehabilitation, including amplification, assistive technology and counseling
  • Community outreach

Undergraduate Education: DePaul University

Graduate Education:

  • Northwestern University
  • AT Still University

Languages: English, German

Joined NIU: 2005

Courses Taught:

  • COMD 300 – Introduction to Audiology

Kim Wedoff, M.S., CCC-SLP
Director of Clinic Finance and Operations; Speech Language Pathologist

Areas of Interest:

  • Early intervention
  • Pediatrics
  • Language development
  • Articulation and phonological disorders

Undergraduate Education: Eastern Illinois University

Graduate Education: Nova Southeastern University, M.S. Speech Language Pathology

Language: English

Joined NIU: 2016-2020; 2022