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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
natalia.baires@siu.edu

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 ...read full profile >>

Paige S. Boydston

CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (PH.D., BCBA-D)

Dr. Paige S. Boydston

Program Affiliation: Behavior Analysis Therapy
paige.boydston@siu.edu

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 ...read 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
valboyer@siu.edu

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 ...read full profile >>

Erin Connelly

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

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

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
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

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

Koch

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

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 ...read 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. ...read full profile >>

Kathryn Martin

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

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

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
deija.mclean@siu.edu

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 ...read 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@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

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

Muzio

Program Affiliation: Communication Disorders Sciences
Office: Rehn 314A
Phone: 618-453-4304
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. ...read 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
rredner@siu.edu

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 ...read full profile >>

Kate M. Sadler

CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (PH.D., BCBA-D)

Dr. Kate M. Sadler

Program Affiliation: Behavior Analysis Therapy
kate.sadler@siu.edu

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 ...read full profile >>

Natalie F. Williams Awodeha

CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (PH.D., BCBA)

Dr. Natalia F. Williams Awodeha

Program Affiliation: Behavior Analysis Therapy
natalie.williams@siu.edu

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 ...read full profile >>