Crean Collage’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is proud to welcome Dr. Gloriajean Wallace as the new CSD Chair. Dr. Wallace, an ASHA Fellow, has served as Professor, Department Chair, Program Director, and Medical Speech-Language Pathologist for over 45 years. Dr. Wallace holds the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence, is board certified by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences and Disorders (ANCDS) and is licensed to practice Speech-Language Pathology in California, Hawai’i, Louisiana, and Ohio. Dr. Wallace serves as Coach/Mentor for students and junior faculty and conducts research to enhance life participation for people neurogenic communication and cognitive disorders, with a focus on aphasia.
Dr. Wallace has published and presented widely, including 2 textbooks with a third in progress that discusses race/ethnicity, diversity, equity and inclusion for people with aphasia and other neurogenic disorders. Dr. Wallace’s current research focuses on the development of a comprehensive assessment system for people from diverse communities who have incurred neurologically based communication and swallowing disorders, the “Reliable Assessment Inventory of Neuro-Behavioral Organization” (RAINBO). Dr. Wallace is a recipient of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) Special Recognition for Leadership and Contributions to Neurogenics Award.
When asked how she is enjoying her new role as Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Chairperson, Dr. Wallace said “I am honored to be a part of the Chapman family and am finding Chapman University to be a forward-thinking university that provides a supportive, interdisciplinary, team-spirited working environment. I plan on enhancing the department’s already robust community outreach efforts by expanding speech-language pathology services for people from under served segments of the community. This will provide an invaluable service to the community, and additional clinical opportunities for the graduate students. Plans also include working with CSD faculty to develop creative ways to supplement tuition costs for the graduate students. Collectively, the CSD Department faculty and staff strive to provide excellent academic and clinical training so that the graduate students are equipped to provide stellar services to a diverse clientele, and so that we can change the world one student leader at a time!”