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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.

Natalia A. Baires


Dr. Natalia A. Baires

Program Affiliation: Behavior Analysis Therapy
Office: Life Science II 281 (MC 6502)
Phone: 618-453-3529

Specializations: Development of language and cognition via relating, behavioral and psychological flexibility/well-being, increasing compassionate care within behavior-analytic services and supervision/mentorship, social justice/equity, cultural responsiveness for racially/ethnically, culturally, and full profile >>

Paige S. Boydston


Specializations: Early intensive behavioral intervention, parent training, discrete trial teaching, rural and remote services for families impacted by autism, and telehealth. Dr. Paige Boydston earned her Ph.D. in Psychology at Southern Illinois University, with an emphasis on Behavior Analysis and full profile >>

Valerie E. Boyer

Associate Professor (Ph.D., CCC-SLP)

Valerie Boyer

Program Affiliation: Communication Disorders and Sciences
Office: Rehn 310
Phone: 618-453-8283

Specializations: pediatric language development and disorders particularly with young children, children with autism spectrum disorders, and children from diverse backgrounds as well as scholarship of teaching and learning. Valerie E. Boyer is a tenured Associate Professor in the Communication Disorders and full profile >>

Erin Connelly

Instructor & Clinical Supervisor (M.S., CCC-SLP)

Program Affiliation: Communication Disorders and Sciences
Office: Rehn 312A
Phone: 618-536-7704 

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 full profile >>

Maria Claudia Franca

Associate Professor (Ph.D., CCC-SLP)

Maria Claudia Franca

Program Affiliation: Communication Disorders and Sciences
Office: Rehn 318A
Phone: 618-453-8292

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 full profile >>

D. Shane Koch

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


Program Affiliation: Rehabilitation Counselor Training
Office: Rehn 311A
Phone: 618-453-8949

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 full profile >>

Terri Lewis

Lecturer (Ph.D.)

Specializations: systems change, executive coaching, counselor compensation and public benefits programs for persons with disabilities, and quality management and measurement. Terri A. Lewis earned her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation from SIU Carbondale in 2012, and collaborates with vocational programs in both the U.S. full profile >>

Kathryn Martin

Senior Lecturer (M.S., CCC-SLP)

Program Affiliation: Communication Disorders and Sciences
Office: Rehn 322
Phone: 618-453-7723

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 full profile >>

Deija McLean

Clinical Assistant Professor, BAT (Ph.D.)

Deija McLean

Program Affiliation: Behavior Analysis and Therapy
Office: Life Science II - 281
Phone: 618-453-3529

Specializations: Treatment of challenging behaviors; diagnostic assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder; caregiver training of behavior reduction programs. Dr. Deija McLean earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology, with focus in applied behavior analysis. She then completed her pre-doctoral internship at the full profile >>

Atheana Meadows

Lecturer (M.A., CCC-A)

Atheana Meadows

Program Affiliation: Communication Disorders and Sciences
Office: Rehn 316A
Phone: 618-536-7704; 618-453-8262

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 full profile >>

Diane Muzio

Senior Lecturer (Ph.D., CCC-SLP)


Program Affiliation: Communication Disorders Sciences
Office: Rehn 314A
Phone: 618-453-4304

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. full profile >>

John Pingo

Lecturer (Ph.D., BCBA-D)

John Pingo

Program Affiliation: Behavior Analysis and Therapy

Specializations: Organizational Behavior Management (OBM), cultural engineering using behavior analysis, applying cognitive-behavioral techniques to help address performance management issues, and applying relational frame theory in programs serving people with developmental disabilities. Dr. John Pingo, BCBA-D, full profile >>

Ryan Redner

Associate Professor (Ph.D., BCBA-D)

Ryan Redner

Program Affiliation: Behavior Analysis and Therapy
Office: Rehn 335A
Phone: 618-453-8295

Specializations: Behavior Analysis and Therapy. Ryan Redner is an Associate Professor and Program Director in the Behavior Analysis and Therapy program. Ryan received his Doctoral degree from Western Michigan University under Dr. Alan Poling and went on to complete a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship full profile >>

Kate M. Sadler


Specializations: Practical application of behavior analysis practices, ethical considerations for practices, and differentiated instructions for diverse populations. Educational History: Post-Doctoral Research Associate University of Virginia, 2019 Doctor of Philosophy, Special Education (Autism Spectrum full profile >>

Natalie F. Williams Awodeha


Specializations: Cultural and linguistic inclusion in ABA, employment disparities for African Americans with cognitive disabilities, and peer-to-peer support groups for women of color with mental health concerns. Originally from Oklahoma City, Dr. Williams Awodeha holds a B.A. in Psychology from The full profile >>