Allied Health Professions

Thomas W. Powell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Johanna Boult, PhD, CCC-SLP
Julie Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP
Sandra Hayes, SLP.D.
Sharon Sanders, M.A., CCC/A
Heather Anderson, M.A.
Megan Lerchie, MCD/CCC-SLP


Thomas Powell

Thomas W. Powell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Professor

Education and Post-Graduate Training
Dr. Powell earned a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University (1989). He is licensed to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Louisiana.

Teaching Interests
Dr. Powell’s teaching interests include clinical phonetics and phonology, clinical linguistics and psycholinguistics, aphasia and related disorders, general and speech acoustics, and research.

Research Interests
Dr. Powell’s research interests include clinical phonetics and phonology, clinical linguistics, measurement, and ethics.

Service
Aphasia group coordinator
SAHP Curriculum Committee
Associate Editor, Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics


Johanna Boult

Johanna Boult, PhD, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor

Education and Post-Graduate Training
She received a Master’s degree (1996) from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. (2007) in Audiology and Speech Sciences and Urban Studies from Michigan State University (MSU). She is fully licensed to practice speech-language pathology by the Louisiana Board of Educators in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (LBESPA) and has been certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 1997. During her doctoral training she also acquired MSU’s Certificate in College Teaching.

Teaching Interests
Her teaching interests include Cultural and Linguistic Diversity and Linguistics as well as Research Methods and Clinical Counseling.

Research Interests
Her main research interest is in the area of least-biased clinical service delivery methods for clients from non-mainstream language backgrounds with a focus on language assessment of bidialectal/bilingual children. In addition, she studies the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) related to Speech-Language Pathology course instruction.

Service
SAHP Faculty Delegate Assembly
SAHP Promotion and Tenure Committee
Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Program Admissions Committee


Julie Smith

Julie Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP

Clinical Instructor

Education and Post-Graduate Training
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders from Northeast Louisiana University in 1998. She obtained her Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1999.

Teaching Interests
Teaching interests primarily focus on clinical instruction and clinical practice issues.

Board Certifications
American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC)
Licensed with Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

Service
SAHP Clinical Education Committee
SAHP Student Affairs and Recruitment Committee


Sandra Hayes

Sandra Hayes, SLP.D.

Associate Professor, Clinical

Education and Post-Graduate Training
Dr. Hayes earned an SLP.D. (2005) from Nova Southeastern University and a Master of Communication Disorders degree (1988) from LSUHSC-S. She is licensed to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Louisiana. Dr. Hayes and her canine pal, Boomer, are registered as an Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) team with PetPartners.

Teaching Interests
Her teaching interests include anatomy & physiology, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, and language disorders.

Research Interests
Her research interests are in the areas of animal-assisted therapy specific to the field of speech-language pathology, articulation, and controversial treatments.

Service
AAT Team
Program clinic director
SAHP Alumni Affairs Committee


Sharon Sanders

Sharon Sanders, M.A., CCC/A

Assistant Professor, Clinical

Education and Post-Graduate Training
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree (1996) in Speech-Language Pathology and a Master of Arts degree (1998) in Audiology from Louisiana Tech University. She is fully licensed to practice audiology and hearing aid dispensing in the state of Louisiana. She also holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

Teaching Interests
Her teaching interests include Clinical Audiology, Hearing Screening, Aural Rehabilitation and Ethics.

Research Interests
Her research interests are in the areas of pediatric amplification with an emphasis on unilateral hearing loss, bi-modal fittings and the management of hearing loss in the classroom. She also has interest in research with the aural rehabilitation needs of adults and pediatrics with hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Service
SAHP Community Outreach Committee
Audiology Consultant to Holy Angels Residential Facility
Audiology Consultant to Caddo Parish School Board’s Hearing and Vision Department
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Lambda Omega Chapter Health Committee
Charter Board member for Louisiana Academy of Audiology


Heather Anderson

Heather Anderson, M.A.

Assistant Professor, Clinical

Education
She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Centenary College of Louisiana in 1991. She received a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Louisiana Tech University 1994. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership, with a focus in Higher Education, from Louisiana Tech University. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Comptence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is fully licensed to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Louisiana. She has obtained continuing education and training in multiple areas, including certification in Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT/Big and Loud), VitalStim therapy for dysphagia, and Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation. She is past president (2009) of the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Teaching Interests
Her teaching interests include Clinical Methods and Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology, Diagnostic Methods, Augmentative/Alternative Communication, and Voice Disorders.

Research Interests
Her research interests include higher education issues, particularly practices and attidues related to students with disabilities, best practices in graduate education, and school to work transitions. She also has interest in early intervention for speech and language disorders, dysphagia, and neurogenic communciation disorders.

Service
SLP Program Committees: Continuing Education,
Admissions,Curriculum
SAHP Committees: Grants and Research Committee, General
Education, Honor Code, Faculty Mentorship
Youth ProgramVolunteer, Broadmoor United Methodist Church


Megan Lerchie

Megan Lerchie, MCD/CCC-SLP

Clinical Instructor

Education and Post-Graduate Training
She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Centenary College of Lousiana in 2006 and Masters of Communication Disorders from LSUHSC-Shreveport in 2008. She is fully licensed to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Louisiana. During her academic training and professional experiences, she received extensive training in cleft palate/craniofacial disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and pediatric feeding disorders.

Teaching Interests
Her teaching interests include clinical instruction for a preschool group-based language program and primarily pediatric clients. She also provides clinical offsite supervision opportunities with EarlySteps and the Ark-la-tex Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Team.

Research Interests
Her research interests are in the fields of early intervention, treatment techniques for children with cleft lip and palate, and approaches to collaboration with a multidisciplinary team to provide optimum therapy for a child with global developmental delays.

Service
Mollie Webb Speech and Hearing Center Language Center Instructor
SLP consultant for the Ark-la-tex Cleft Palate Team
EarlySteps provider