Speech-Language
Pathology, M.S.

Faculty and Staff

Tina K. Veale, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor and Chair
Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Cincinnati, 1998
M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, Miami University (Ohio), 1980
B.S., Speech and Hearing Therapy, Miami University (Ohio), 1979

Dr. Veale is the founding program director of the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at Lewis University.  She founded two other graduate programs at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois and Glendale, Arizona.  She teaches courses in neuroscience, including human brain dissection; child language development and disorders; social communication disorders, including autism; motor speech disorders; and research methods.  Her scholarship includes authorship of a variety of materials for the study of neuroscience and resource books for guiding intervention for children with autism and social communication disorder.  Dr. Veale’s research involves evaluation of accessible methods for oral and written language sampling and analysis; evaluation of effective methods for improving written narration in adolescents with high functioning autism; and differential diagnosis of autism and related conditions.  Dr. Veale is a Fellow of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

Victoria Reynolds, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BSc.(Hons), LL.B.
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Western Australia, 2015
BSc. (Hons), Curtin University, 2007
LL.B., Osaka University, 1998

Dr. Reynolds is an Associate Professor in the Master of Science Speech-Language Pathology program at Lewis University. She teaches courses in assessments theories and methodologies, voice, resonance, fluency and research design. Her primary areas of interest are voice, cleft palate and craniofacial disorders and feeding and swallowing, across the lifespan. Her secondary areas of interest are fluency and social correlates of communication disorders. Dr. Reynolds has worked in school-based and community clinics, as well as in adult and pediatric acute and tertiary care. Dr. Reynolds has worked in colleges in Australia and the United States. Dr. Reynolds has published nationally and internationally and presented her research on four continents. Her research focuses on pediatric voice, with a special interest in dysphonia relating to prematurity of birth. Dr. Reynolds is also developing a research line in scholarship of learning and teaching.

Susanna M. Vargas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University, 2015
M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Puerto Rico, 2003
B.S., Biology, University of Puerto Rico, 1999

Dr. Vargas is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at Lewis University.  She teaches courses in phonetics, child language development, school-age language and literacy development and disorders, and research methods. Her primary areas of interest include assessment and intervention of language disorders; the relationship between oral language skills and development of literacy skills; bilingual language acquisition with emphasis on morphosyntactic development; and differential diagnosis in diverse linguistic and cultural populations. As a practitioner, she has worked in urban school settings and home-based early intervention. She has also worked as a clinical educator in two graduate programs in the Midwest. Her research has examined morphosyntactic development in Spanish-speaking children, and the use narrative language sampling analysis for cross-linguistic comparisons in Spanish-speaking bilingual children. 

Ann Guernon, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Health Sciences, Northern Illinois University, 2020
M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Northeastern University, 1996
B.S., Speech and Hearing Science, Moorhead State University, 1994

Dr. Guernon is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at Lewis University.  She teaches courses in aphasia, adult cognitive-communication disorders, practice issues and complex cases in healthcare and research methods. Her primary areas of interest include assessment and intervention of language and cognitive-communication disorders in adults with acquired neurologic disorders, specific assessment and measurement considerations in assessment requiring clinician reported ratings and the role of the caregiver in rehabilitation. As a clinician, Dr. Guernon has provided speech-language pathology services to persons with communication and swallowing disorders across the spectrum of healthcare including, acute trauma facilities, community hospitals, acute inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient and day rehabilitation and home health. She also has extensive experience managing clinical trials involving treatment development for persons with severe traumatic brain injury. Her research interests include understanding measurement of neurobehavioral function for persons in disordered states of consciousness following severe brain injury, developing treatments using neuromodulation approaches for persons with severe to mild brain injury, understanding the unique needs of clinicians and caregivers to promote shared decision making in rehabilitation and developing methods to support non-clinical stakeholders making decisions about sport-related concussion in youth to prevent and minimize impacts of injury. Dr. Guernon is an active member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation and currently serves as the Chair of the Awards Committee

Camille Byrd O’Quin, M.A., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Clinical Education
Ed.D., Special Education, Illinois State University, Expected 2020
M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, Northwestern University, 1999
B.S., Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997

Mrs. O’Quin is the Coordinator of Clinical Education of the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at Lewis University.  She is an experienced speech-language pathologist and doctoral candidate in special education at Illinois State University. She teaches graduate courses in professional ethics; clinical methods, including prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of communication disorders; complex issues in education; and an undergraduate course that surveys communication disorders to students interested in speech-language pathology.  Her scholarship includes presentations at regional, national, and international academic institutions and conferences.  Mrs. O’Quin’s research involves valuation of African American Vernacular English; examination of disproportionality in special education; expansion of culturally responsive teaching practices in urban education; and differential diagnosis of students with cultural linguistic differences.  Mrs. O’Quin serves as Vice President of the Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners of the Council for Exceptional Children.   

Ann Guernon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

M. Victoria Reynolds, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Chastity Check, M.B.A., B.A.
Administrative Assistant
M.B.A., Human Resource Management, Lewis University, Expected 2020
B.A., Human Resource Management, Lewis University, 2018

Mrs. Check is the Administrative Assistant in the Speech-Language Pathology program at Lewis University.  She has over ten years of experience working as an administrative assistant in several area school districts and has worked at Lewis University for five years.  Mrs. Check works with Dr. Veale to support the faculty and students in the Speech-Language Pathology department.  She is often the first point of contact for our students and works to make sure students receive the assistance they need every day.