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Lizbeth H. Finestack, PhD, CCC-SLP : Director, Child Language Intervention Lab (CLIL)

Lizbeth H. Finestack, PhD, CCC-SLP

Director, Child Language Intervention Lab (CLIL)

Curriculum Vita

Blog: http://rtalkblog.wordpress.com/

Liza is an associate professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her research focuses on identifying effective and efficient language interventions for children with significant language impairments, including children with primary language impairment, fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, and autism spectrum disorder.

Education:

  • Post-doc Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin,
  • PhD, University of Kansas
  • MA, University of Minnesota
  • BA, University of Kansas
Kirstin Kuchler, M.A., CCC-SLP : Ph.D. Student/Research Assistant

Kirstin Kuchler, M.A., CCC-SLP

Ph.D. Student/Research Assistant

Kirstin is a Ph.D. student in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota. She came to Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) as a second career. Her undergraduate, from Augsburg University, is in Theatre Arts. As a licensed SLP, graduate of Truman State University, she worked in several settings including public schools and charter schools with K-12 students. She spent several years working with bilingual Hmong and Karen students and wants to research evaluations to better serve the bilingual population.

Bobbi L. Rohwer, M.S., CCC-SLP : Ph.D. Student

Bobbi L. Rohwer, M.S., CCC-SLP

Ph.D. Student

Bobbi is a Ph.D. student in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and a licensed speech-language pathologist.  Before becoming a clinician, Bobbi worked in Kansas City as a preschool teacher with youth living at or below the poverty line, as well as in a level-six psychiatric facility with children experiencing mental health crises.  After completing her masters at the University of Central Missouri, she moved to the Twin Cities to begin working with children on the autism spectrum. She spent six years as a clinician, then returned to school to pursue a doctoral degree.  Bobbi’s research interests include complex communication needs in autism, presentation of autism in girls and women, as well as multidisciplinary practices between the fields of speech-language pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). When she isn’t studying, Bobbi and her husband are trying to entertain their three children, all under the age of six.

Timothy Huang, PhD, CCC-SLP : Graduate

Timothy Huang, PhD, CCC-SLP

Graduate

Timothy Huang earned his Ph.D. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences in 2020. Prior to pursuing his doctoral degree, Timothy worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Edina Public Schools and Yinghua Academy, a Chinese-immersion school in northeast Minneapolis. Currently, his research focuses on adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder and their ability to detect conversational implicatures and make pragmatic inferences appropriate to the context. He is originally from Taiwan and, yes, he loves stinky tofu and chicken feet! His outside interests as a half Minnesotan include sipping a medium-roast Caribou coffee, shopping at Target, and renting movies from Redbox. He is now an assistant professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Katherine Bangert, PhD, CCC-SLP : Graduate

Katherine Bangert, PhD, CCC-SLP

Graduate

Katie received her Ph.D. in the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Department at the University of Minnesota in 2020. She is a licensed speech language pathologist, and received her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. She worked as an SLP in the Stewartville Community School District for two years before pursuing her Ph.D. Her research focus includes the development of disordered language in populations of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, language intervention among this group of children, and psychophysiological characteristics of persons with language impairment. Katie is now a post-doc at the University of South Carolina.


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