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Graduate Studies Program in Listening & Spoken Language for Children with Hearing Loss

Faculty & Staff

Kim Corbin Lewis
Kim Corbin-Lewis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Dr. Kim Corbin-Lewis is Professor and Department Head of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education (COMDDE) at Utah State University. As the Speech-Language Pathology Division Chair, she assisted in the development of the listening and spoken language graduate program emphasis. Dr. Corbin-Lewis is deeply committed to exemplary graduate training and the incorporation of evidence-based practice service delivery to children and adults into the rigorous curriculum. Her primary clinical interest is in voice and management of voice disorders across the lifespan. Dr. Corbin-Lewis has been a speech-language pathologist for over 30 years working in both Canada and the United States. After growing up in New York, living in France and eastern Canada, she loves being settled in the Intermountain West, living in Logan with her husband, a Professor of History, and her two teenage daughters.
Beth Foley
Beth Foley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Dr. Beth Foley is the Dean of the College of Education at Utah State University. She has received numerous teaching awards, including USU College of Education Teacher of the Year in 1999 and again in 2004. Throughout her 30-year career as an SLP, Dr. Foley has maintained her involvement in clinical activities involving children and adults with complex communication needs. In recent years, Dr. Foley has developed and directed the COMD Augmentative and Alternative Communication Clinic, which provides assessment and intervention services to individuals with complex communication needs. She brings to her teaching a wealth of clinical experiences and was instrumental in establishing the Sound Beginnings program. She is passionate about bridging research and theory with classroom and clinical practice to provide excellent services to children with hearing loss and other communication disorders. Beth lives in Smithfield and enjoys skiing at Beaver Mountain with her son, Michael, gardening, hiking, and many other outdoor activities.
Karen Munoz
Karen Muñoz, Ed.D., CCC-A
Dr. Karen Muñoz is an Associate Professor of Audiology, Director of the Audiology AuD and PhD programs in the Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education Department, and Associate Director of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management. She has focused on pediatric audiology since the mid 1990's and has worked extensively at the state and National levels to support the development of effective newborn hearing screening and follow-up programs. She has also been involved nationally and internationally in providing continuing professional education on best practice to audiologists in the early identification and management of hearing loss for infants and young children. To better serve families living in rural areas, Dr. Muñoz is involved in research to investigate the use of distance technology to improve services and educational outreach. She moved from her position at Northern Illinois University to Utah in 2007 with her husband and son, to join in the development of the Sound Beginnings program and the interdisciplinary graduate training programs in Audiology, Speech-language Pathology, and Deaf Education.
Lauri Nelson
Lauri Nelson, Ph.D.
Dr. Lauri Nelson is an Assistant Professor in the Dept of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. She provides advising and clinical supervision to graduate students in the Auditory Learning and Spoken Language program. Dr. Nelson worked in Clinical Audiology for nearly 20 years, including as a cochlear implant programming audiologist at Primary Children's Medical Center and a Clinical Research Scientist at Advanced Bionics Corporation. She also obtained a teaching license and degree in deaf education and has worked as an itinerant teacher and an aural habilitation specialist. With a dual background in clinical audiology and deaf education, USU/Sound Beginnings is a wonderful opportunity for her to combine her hearing technology experiences with her love of working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Dr. Nelson is a Utah native and lives in Davis County. She and her husband are the proud parents of four sons and three dogs. Her family enjoys football, skiing, riding motorcycles, and any event that includes food.
Cache Pitt, Au.D., CCC-A
Cache Pitt is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Audiology. Dr. Pitt provides clinical supervision to graduate students in Audiology who are completing clinical practica in Pediatric Audiology, specifically those experiences related to cochlear implant mapping/programming. Prior to joining the faculty at Utah State University, Dr. Pitt was a mapping audiologist with the cochlear implant program at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Dr. Pitt also received additional experience in cochlear implants and Pediatric Audiology at the California Ear Institute (CEI) in Palo Alto, CA. He has been involved with many investigational trials in cochlear implant technology and routinely lectures on cochlear implants and issues related to Pediatric Audiology.
Elizabeth Preston
Elizabeth Preston, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. Elizabeth Preston is a Clinical Instructor of Audiology for the graduate students in Audiology. She went to Texas Tech University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (AuD). Prior to joining the faculty at USU and Sound Beginnings, Dr. Preston worked at UT Southwestern Medical Center as a Pediatric Audiologist. She spent much of her time helping coordinate and oversee newborn hearing screens and follow-ups in the county hospital in Dallas, Texas and completing diagnostic evaluations on children. She and her husband are excited to be in Cache Valley where they can spend their free time enjoying the outdoors and taking in the beauty of Utah and its surroundings. They enjoy biking, hiking, camping, skiing and cruising on the motorcycle. Dr. Preston and her husband have one child (their dog, Penny) who enjoys exploring the mountains just as much as they do!
Karl White
Karl White, Ph.D.
Dr. Karl White is the Emma Eccles Jones Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education, a Professor of Psychology, and the founding Director of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM). He was instrumental in the vision and development of the Sound Beginnings program and continues to play a key role in its funding and operations. Dr. White is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on early identification and treatment of hearing loss. He has hundreds of publications and presentations at scholarly meetings and has been an invited speaker to 35 countries where he has assisted in the implementation of newborn hearing screening and intervention programs. He also serves on many national and international advisory groups for organizations such as the World Health Organization, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, March of Dimes, the American College of Medical Genetics, the National Academies of Science, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. White and his wife Amy have lived in Colorado, New York, Washington, D.C. and Muenster, Germany, but think Cache Valley, Utah is the best place of all. They are the parents of 8 children and 21 grandchildren. They enjoy horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with their family.