Elizabeth "Billie" Connors is an ASHA certified and Rhode Island State licensed Speech/Language Pathologist. She is the clinical director in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Rhode Island, teaches courses in clinical methods and phonology, and supervises graduate student clinicians, primarily in diagnostic experiences. Her clinical interests center on children with language and literacy issues, those with phonological disorders and childhood apraxia of speech, adults with neurological disorders, as well as ESL adults. Ms. Connors has been the clinical director at URI since 1986, having come from a similar position at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan.
In addition to being a member of ASHA, Ms. Connors is a member of the Rhode Island Speech/Language/Hearing Association, holds a position on the Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology in Rhode Island, is a member of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS), and is on the newsletter committee of ANCDS.
Recent presentations have focused on supervision of the graduate clinician, as well as a workshop presented to Literacy Volunteers of America on phonetics, with emphasis on working with the ESL client. Ms. Connors coauthored Affective Communication in Normal and Brain-Damaged Adults: An Overview with Dr. Colleen Karow published in Seminars in Speech and Language, May 2003.
Ms. Connors received the University of Rhode Island Administrative Excellence Award in 2006 for her outstanding work as director of the Speech and Hearing Center.Courses Taught
Congratulations to our May 2013 B.S. and M.S. graduates! Your hard work has paid off!
Here are our URISSLHA officers (Left to Right below): Mary Loveley, secretary; Kristen Troy, historian; Jaclyn Schiemer, president; Lexi Caruso, treasurer; and Kristy Wallace, vice-president. We thank our outgoing board members: Shannon Witter, Meredith Fitzgibbon, Heidee Pottker and Jess Lally for all of their hard work. Shannon and Meredith are graduating in May, Heidee will be a second-year graduate student, and Jess is heading off to graduate school! Look for information about our first fall 2014 meeting here on the CMD web site.
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