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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

Clinical Assistant Professor & Online Program Director (PH.D., BCBA-D)

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

Clinical Assistant Professor (PH.D., BCBA-D)

Dr. Paige S. Boydston

Program Affiliation: Behavior Analysis Therapy

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 >>

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 >>

Camilo Hurtado-Parrado

Assistant Professor (PH.D., BCBA-D)

Camilo Hurtado-Parrado

Program Affiliation: Behavior Analysis and Therapy
Office: Life Science II 281 (MC 6502)
Phone: 618-536-2302

Dr. Hurtado-Parrado’s research focuses on the understanding of human and nonhuman learning and behavioral processes, especially how they are regulated by aversive events (e.g., effects of aversive stimuli on memory, self-control, problem-solving, verbal behavior, rule following, and full profile >>

Juhi Kidwai

Assistant Professor (Ph.D, CCC-SLP)

Juhi Kidwai is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Disorders and Sciences Program at Southern Illinois University. She earned her Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology in 2021 at the University of Kansas and continued with postdoctoral research at New York University before beginning at Southern Illinois full profile >>

D. Shane Koch

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


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

We honor the contributions and accomplishments of Dr. Shane Koch. Dr. Darwin "Shane" Koch passed away early morning on Friday, 5/14/2021 as a result of his battle with cancer. Dr. Koch spent over 15 years teaching in the Rehabilitation Institute, where our BAT program was housed under. Dr. Koch served 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., BCBA)

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 >>

Jason Mings

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

Jason Mings is a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist with more than 20 years of clinical experience in public school settings. Jason works in a public school in southern Illinois while teaching and providing clinical instruction in the communication disorders and sciences program at Southern full profile >>

Diane Muzio

Professor of Practice, Emeritus (Ph.D., CCC-SLP)


Program Affiliation: Communication Disorders Sciences

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 >>

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

Clinical Assistant Professor (PH.D., BCBA-D)

Dr. Kate M. Sadler

Program Affiliation: Behavior Analysis Therapy

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 >>

Lesley Shawler

Assistant Professor (Ph.D., BCBA)

Lesley Shawler

Program Affiliation: Behavior Analysis Therapy
Office: LS II 275B
Phone: 618-536-2302

Dr. Lesley Shawler is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and earned her Ph.D. from the Institute of Applied Behavior Studies - Endicott College in 2019 under the advisement of Dr. Caio Miguel. She completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School full profile >>

Natalie F. Williams Awodeha

Clinical Assistant Professor (PH.D., BCBA)

Dr. Natalia F. Williams Awodeha

Program Affiliation: Behavior Analysis Therapy

Specializations: Cultural and linguistic inclusion in Applied Behavior Analysis - 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 full profile >>