Speech Pathologist Optical Communication Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Optimal Communication, Forensic Speech, Voice Consulting, Voice Analysis, Voice Identification Comparison, Audio Recording Enhancement, Speech Language Evaluation


1999 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Speech Science & Fluency Disorders Department of
Communication Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut

1991Master of Science (M.S.), Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii

1989 Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Psychology & Linguistics University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Certification & Licensure

Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) Granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Licensed Speech Language Pathologist State of Utah, Department of Occupational & Professional Licensing


1999–Assistant Professor University of Utah, Department of Communication Disorders, Salt Lake City, UT Teaching responsibilities include four courses per academic year, three of these courses are related to speech production (Phonetics, Anatomy & Physiology of the Speaking Mechanism, and Fluency Disorders) and one to brain damage (Cognitive-Communication Disorders).
Research activities include investigating normal and disordered aspects of human speech and voice, multidimensional factors involved in measuring stuttering severity, acoustically derived kinematic measures of speech production in stuttering and nonstuttering speakers, and functional neuro-imaging of speech production processes utilizing fMRI, MEG, and ERPs. Clinical responsibilities include directing and supervising an intensive two-week stuttering clinic every summer.

1996–Consulting Speech-Language Pathologist Owner / Operator
Forensic   speech   and   voice   consulting   (voice   identification/comparison, recording enhancement, certified transcripts, etc.), expert witness services, and speech-language therapy services to adults and children Individual referrals and contract-based services to lawyers, law enforcement agencies, corporations, home health agencies, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals.

1995 – 1997 Speech-Language Pathologist Hartford Hospital Hartford, CT.
Half-time position provided full range of diagnostic and therapy services in an interdisciplinary acute-care environment. Hartford Hospital is a nationally recognized 1050 bed tertiary care center. Disorder areas included stroke, traumatic brain injury, oncology, voice, trached and ventilator dependent patients, and dysphagia with extensive videofluoroscopic imaging experience.

1994 – 1995 Speech-Language Pathologist, Director of Outpatient Communication Disorders New England Rehabilitation Hospital, Portland, ME provided full range of out- and in-patient speech-language services to adult populations experiencing neurologically based communication disorders Program development including a specialized intensive fluency program and an interdisciplinary young stroke rehabilitation program Expanded and managed services to four contract sites.

1992 – 1994 Senior Speech-Language Pathologist British Columbia Ministry of Health, Vanderhoof, British Columbia Provided clinical speech and language services to preschool children and adults at the Speech-Language Clinic in the Northern Interior Health Unit. Direct and consultative speech-language services to seven schools within S.D. # 56. Responsible for project management, training of other professionals, presentations and courses, liaison with other agencies and services on case management matters.

1992 Speech-Language Pathologist State Department of Education, Windward Oahu District, HI, Provided direct and consultative speech and language services to preschool and school aged children exhibiting a wide variety of communication disorders.

Academic and Professional Service

National / International Professional Service
Assistant Editor for Fluency Disorders:  Theory, Research, Treatment and Self Help.  Nijmegen: Nijmegen University Press.
Editorial Consultant for, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of Phonetics, Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, Journal of Fluency Disorders, Folia Phoniatrica, Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools
Textbook Reviewer for, Singular Publishing, Merrill Prentice Hall Publishing, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Publishers, Allyn & Bacon

Professional Affiliations

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA Special Interest Division 4: Fluency & Fluency Disorders

International Fluency Association

National Stuttering Association

Cognitive Neuroscience Society

The Acoustical Society of America

New York Academy of Sciences

Research Projects

Available upon request


Available upon request


Available upon request