I am an associate professor in the SPHR department and a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. My research focuses on clinical questions that improve the lives of clients, either directly or by improving student learning of clinical skills. I was the first in my field to apply virtual reality (VR) technologies to the assessment and treatment of stuttering. My more recent work has merged my expertise in assessing student learning outcomes with my expertise in the development and use of VR technologies; this work has led to a number of small grants with an Australian research team and an Atlanta-based small business, as well as awards for innovation in research, teaching and learning. Communication skills are the foundation of clinical practice and using VR technologies to teach these skills has been the focus of this most recent work. I am an experienced NIH researcher, serving in the roles of PI and co-investigator on NIH grants. I successfully administer an active research laboratory that focuses both on fluency development in young bilingual children and on the use of VR technologies in teaching and learning.