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REHABILITATION INSTITUTE FACULTY

The Rehabilitation Institute is led by a group of nationally recognized faculty members. In addition to being dedicated teachers, many of the faculty members have received national research and professional awards. They serve in leadership roles in professional organizations and on editorial boards of major journals. Faculty members consult on disability-related issues to private and public organizations regionally, nationally, and internationally. In recent years, faculty members have developed partnerships with rehabilitation professionals in Australia, Brazil, China, Ireland, Italy, Mexico and Russia.

Valerie E. Boyer

Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor

Photo Valerie Boyer

Program Affiliation: Communication Disorders and Sciences
Office: 310 Rehn Hall
Phone: 618-453-8283
E-mail: valboyer@siu.edu

Dr. Valerie E. Boyer is a tenured Associate Professor in the Communication Disorders and Sciences program. She is a current recipient of the Mark and Susan Ashley Endowed Professorship. She holds a Ph.D. in Special Education (2006) and a M.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences (2000), both from ...read full profile >>

Erin Connelly

M.S., CCC-SLP

Program Affiliation: Communication Disorders and Sciences
Office: Rehn 312A
Phone: 618-536-7704
E-mail: econnelly@siu.edu 

Erin Connelly is a clinical supervisor in the Communication Disorders and Sciences Program in the Rehabilitation Institute. She provides direct supervision to graduate students in pursuit of clinical practicum hours. She received her B.A. in Communication Disorders from California State University Fullerton in ...read full profile >>

William Crimando

Ph.D., Counseling, Professor

William Crimando

Program Affiliation: Rehabilitation Administration & Services
Office: 333A Rehn Hall
Phone: (618) 453-8293
E-mail: crimando@siu.edu

Specializations: Staff Training and Development, Placement of Persons with Severe Disabilities, Computers in Rehabilitation, Leadership Dr. William Crimando is a Professor and Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Administration and Services Program at the Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University ...read full profile >>

Mark Dixon

Ph.D., LBA, BCBA-D. Professor and BAT Program Coordinator

Dixon

Program Affiliation: Behavior Analysis & Therapy
Office: 336A Rehn Hall
Phone: (618) 453-8275
E-mail: mdixon@siu.edu

Specializations: Behavioral Therapy, Organizational Behavior Management, Complex Human Operant Behavior Dr. Mark R. Dixon, BCBA-D is a Professor and Coordinator of the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program at Southern Illinois University. For the past five years he has also served as the Director of an SIU ...read full profile >>

Maria Claudia Franca

Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor

Maria Claudia Franca

Program Affiliation: Communication Disorders and Sciences
Office: 318A Rehn Hall
Phone: 618-453-8292
E-mail: franca@siu.edu

Specializations: Voice Science and Multicultural Issues Related to Communication Disorders and Sciences Maria Claudia Franca is Associate Professor and Program Director in the Communication Disorders and Sciences Program. She holds a M.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation ...read full profile >>

D. Shane Koch

Rh.D., CRC, CSADC, AADC, Professor

Koch

Program Affiliation: Rehabilitation Counselor Training
Office: 311A Rehn Hall
Phone: 618-453-8949
E-mail: dskoch@siu.edu

Specializations: Special Populations in Rehabilitation; Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Disabilities; Program Evaluation Dr. Koch is a Professor in the College of Education and Human Services. His professional background includes extensive work with consumers diagnosed with primary and coexisting alcohol and ...read full profile >>

Terri Lewis

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Kathryn Martin

M.S., CCC-SLP

Program Affiliation: Communication Disorders and Sciences
Office: Rehn Hall 322
Phone: 618-453-7723
E-mail: kittym@siu.edu

Specializations: Language Development, Language Disorder, Language and Literacy, Communication and Diversity, Supervision and Mentoring Kitty Martin is an instructor and clinical supervisor for Communication Disorders and Sciences. She has mentored CDS students in the McNair program, facilitated student ...read full profile >>

Atheana Meadows

M.A., CCC-A, Lecturer

Atheana Meadows

Program Affiliation: Communication Disorders and Sciences
Office: Rehn Hall 316 A
Phone: 618-536-7704, 618-453-8262
E-mail: atheana.meadows@siu.edu

Atheana Meadows is a Lecturer in the Rehabilitation Institute and Clinical Supervisor for the Communication Disorders & Sciences Program. She received her B.S. in Family Social Service from Northern Illinois University; and transferred from SIU’s CDS Program to complete her M.A. in Audiology at The ...read full profile >>

Diane Muzio

Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Senior Lecturer

Muzio

Program Affiliation: Communication Disorders Sciences
Office: 314A Rehn Hall 
Phone: 618-453-4304
E-mail: dmuzio@siu.edu

Specializations: Supervision in Speech-Language Pathology Diane Muzio joined the faculty in 1997, and is a Senior Lecturer in the Rehabilitation Institute and Clinic Coordinator for the Communication Disorders & Sciences Program. She received her B.A. in sociology from Fordham University, M.S. in ...read full profile >>

Jane Nichols

Ph.D., C.R.C., Associate Professor

Dr. Jane Nichols

Program Affiliation: Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration
Office: Rehn Hall 329A
Phone: 618-453-8291
E-mail: jlnichols@siu.edu

Specializations: Sequlae of traumatic brain injury, including challenges in communication, decision making, and addictive behaviors Dr. Jane Nichols is an Associate Professor in the Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration Program. She received her M.S. from Portland State University and her Ph.D. from ...read full profile >>

John Pingo

PH.D., BCBA-D, Lecturer

John Pingo

Program Affiliation: Behavior Analysis and Therapy

E-mail: drjohnpingo@gmail.com

Dr. John Pingo, BCBA-D has over 18 years of experience working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Pingo has provided behavioral services in home-based settings, institutional settings, day training programs and community integrated group homes for people with ...read full profile >>

Ryan Redner

Ph.D., BCBA-D, Assistant Professor

Ryan Redner

Program Affiliation: Behavior Analysis and Therapy
Office: Rehn 335A
Phone: (618) 453-8295
E-mail: rredner@siu.edu

Specializations: Behavior Analysis and Therapy Ryan Redner is an Assistant Professor in the Behavior Analysis and Therapy program. Ryan received his Doctoral degree from Western Michigan University and went on to complete a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Vermont in the area of ...read full profile >>

Ruth Anne Rehfeldt

Ph.D., BCBA-D, Rehabilitation Institute Interim Director

Ruth Rehfeldt

Program Affiliation: Rehabilitation Services and
Behavior Analysis and Therapy
Office: 319A Rehn Hall
Phone: 618-453-8281
E-mail: rehfeldt@siu.edu

Specializations: Verbal Behavior, Developmental Disabilities, Behavior Theory and Philosophy, Technology-Enabled Instruction Dr. Rehfeldt holds a BA in psychology from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA (1993), and masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Nevada (1998 graduation), where she was ...read full profile >>

Thomas Upton

Ph.D., CRC, Professor

Tom Upton

Program Affiliation: Rehabilitation Counselor Training
Office: 322A Rehn Hall
Phone: 618-453-8287
E-mail:tupton@siu.edu

Specializations: Brain Injury, Rehabilitation Counselor Education and Disability Attitudes Dr. Thomas D. Upton is a Professor in the Rehabilitation Counselor Training Program at the Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He earned his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling from The ...read full profile >>

Keith Wilson

Ph.D., CRC, Professor

Keith B. Wilson

Program Affiliation: Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration
Office: Rehn Hall 339A
Phone: 618-453-8237
E-mail: kbwilson@siu.edu

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Dr. Keith B. Wilson is Professor in the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). He served as administrator and faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University for 15 years and Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at SIUC from July 1, 2012 until June 30, ...read full profile >>