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Speech and Hearing Center

Speech and Hearing Center
Kansas State University
139 Campus Creek Complex
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-6879
785-532-6523 fax

Faculty Supervisors

Debra L. Burnett, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Speech-Language Supervisor
CCC in Speech-Language Pathology
deburnet@k-state.edu

Areas of Interest and Specialty: Child language development and disorders with a focus in the areas of pragmatics and figurative language comprehension within both typically developing and disordered populations (e.g., autism spectrum disorders, specific language impairment).

Carrie Leonhart Fratecelli, M.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Speech-Language Supervisor
CCC in Speech-Language Pathology
clfratecelli@k-state.edu

Areas of Interest and Specialty: Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and criminal justice issues related to complex communication needs. 

Jane Mertz Garcia, Ph.D.

Professor, Clinical Speech-Language Supervisor
CCC in Speech-Language Pathology
jgarcia@k-state.edu

Areas of Interest and Specialty: Diet modifications for impaired swallowing (dysphagia), augmentative and alternative communication strategies for unintelligible speech, LSVT-LOUD certified, and acquired language and cognitive disorders (TBI emphasis).

Robert G. Garcia, Au.D., M.B.A.

Program Director, Clinical Associate Professor, Audiology Supervisor
CCC in Audiology
rgarcia@k-state.edu

Areas of Interest and Specialty: Clinical Audiology, database management and business management.

Melanie Hilgers, M.S.

Clinic Director, Clinical Associate Professor, Speech-Language Supervisor
CCC in Speech-Language Pathology
mhilgers@k-state.edu

Areas of Interest and Specialty: Communication development and disorders associated with preschool through school-aged population and clinical instruction.

Linda Hoag, Ph.D.

Professor, Clinical Speech-Language Supervisor
CCC in Speech-Language Pathology
lhoag@k-state.edu

Areas of Interest and Specialty: Augmentative and alternative communication, voice disorders, LSVT-LOUD certified, and orofacial anomalies.

Kristin M. Pelczarski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Clinical Speech-Language Supervisor
CCC in Speech-Language Pathology
kpelczar@k-state.edu

Areas of Interest and Specialty: Fluency disorders in children and adults; articulatory/phonological disorders.

Barbara R. Weltsch, M.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Speech-Language Supervisor
CCC in Speech-Language Pathology
bweltsch@k-state.edu

Areas of Interest and Specialty: Communication disorders and delays in early childhood and K-5 students; public school.