Jennifer is a doctoral student in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Florida under the mentorship of Dr. Emily Plowman. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences at the University of Vermont and master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jennifer has 15 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist across several clinical settings. She has practiced in six states, but spent the bulk of her career at the Hospital for Special Care, a long-term acute care hospital in New Britain, Connecticut. While a SLP there, Jennifer developed clinical specialties in assessment and management of swallowing and communication disorders in patients with neuromuscular disease, and chronic tracheostomy and ventilator dependence. She also has clinical expertise in augmentative-alternative communication services for adults with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and related progressive neuromuscular conditions.
Additionally, Jennifer was elected to the Coordinating Committee for American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Special Interest Group in Swallowing and Swallowing serving from 2013-2015, and worked as their liaison on the Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders Topic Committee for the 2014 and 2015 ASHA National Conventions. She is a member of the Dysphagia Research Society, the U.S. Society for Augmentative & Alternative Communication, and the Northeast ALS Consortium – Bulbar Committee.
A native Vermonter, Jennifer loves snowshoeing, hiking, and real maple syrup. Here in Florida, she enjoys perpetual summer and volunteering for a Labrador retriever rescue organization.