At Elmhurst College, students in communication sciences and disorders learn face to face with talented faculty who are, first and foremost, dedicated teachers. They’re also top researchers and practitioners who make a difference in their fields; for example, the Elmhurst faculty includes two of the world’s top experts on speech and language development and feeding issues among children with Cornelia de Lange syndrome, a condition that involves delayed growth and development.
Cheri S. Carrico, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Director, Elmhurst College Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, Clinical Educator; NSSLHA Adviser; B.S., Northern Michigan University; M.A., Western Michigan University; Ph.D., Northwestern University; Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
Dr. Carrico is a full-time professor, co-advisor to the Elmhurst College chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and mentor for speech-language pathology students involved in service learning. She joined the Elmhurst College faculty during the fall of 1996 and directed the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic from 1997–2012. Prior to coming to Elmhurst College, she worked as an assistant professor at Bowling Green State University, as a clinical supervisor at Northwestern University, and as a speech-language pathologist in hospital, home care, and mental health settings and in private practice.
She teaches courses in language development across the life span, clinical methods and diagnostic procedures in speech-language pathology, children at-risk from birth to five, pediatric motor speech and feeding disorders, and preschool language stimulation. Dr. Carrico also has supervised and instructed the speech-language pathology students who participated in educational experiences in Jamaica, as well as students conducting treatment in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.
Her research interests have focused on children at-risk for speech, language and feeding difficulties, particularly those with Cornelia de Lange syndrome and those prenatally exposed to cocaine. She also studied the effects of airplane noise as it relates to children's performance on school-related tasks.
She has presented numerous papers at international, national, and state conferences, including annual conventions of ASHA, the Illinois and Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Associations, Perinatal Obstetrics and Gynecology, the National and International Cornelia de Lange syndrome Associations, and the National Council on Undergraduate Research. In 1999 she received the national NSSLHA Advisor Honors and became a member of the Clinical Advisory Board of the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Association. In 2003, she became a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the International Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Association. She received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001. She also has received several clinical and research grants.
Dr. Carrico has publications in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Proceedings of the Greenwood Genetics Center, National Council on Undergraduate Research, and Interdisciplinary Health Care Teams.
Ruiying Ding, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Elmhurst College; B.S., M.A. & Ph.D. Northwestern University; Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
Dr. Ding joined the Elmhurst College faculty during the fall of 2012. Prior to coming to Elmhurst College, she worked as an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and as a speech-language pathologist in hospital, rehabilitation center, outpatient clinic and long-term care facilities.
She teaches courses in Dysphagia, Voice Disorders, Survey of CSD in Medical Settings and Neurology. Her current research interest is dysphagia evaluation and treatment in various patient populations.
Dr. Ding has published research articles in nationally and internationally renowned journals, including: Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research, Dysphagia, Head & Neck, Journal of Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, Chinese Journal of Rehabilitation Theory and Practice, and Chinese Journal of Stroke. She also published several book chapters in dysphagia evaluation and treatment in a medical speech and language therapy textbook.
She has presented extensively in state, national and international conferences, including the annual convention of ASHA, Wisconsin Speech-Language-Hearing Association, First and Second China International conference as well as Symposium of Clinical Education in Speech Pathology and Cerebral Palsy Training Seminar.
Dr. Ding has served as journal reviewer for Dysphagia and Head and Neck Medicine. She also served as grant reviewer for ASHA’s SPARC award (Students Preparing for Academic & Research Careers). She is the editor for The Communication Connection Journal, the official journal of the Wisconsin Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In 2008 she was elected vice president of communication in the Wisconsin Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is also an adjunct professor in East China Normal University and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, two renowned universities in Shanghai, China.
Marjorie M. Goodban, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor and Program Director, M.S. CSD Graduate Program, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Elmhurst College. Clinical Educator; B.A., Kansas State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign; Sabbatical, Northwestern University; Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
Dr. Goodban is a full-time professor and head of the graduate program in communication sciences and disorders. After having served as director of the Clinic for 23 years, she resigned in 1997 and continued as chair of the CSD department through June 2012.
Dr. Goodban teaches courses in Fluency Disorder, Cultural/Linguistic Issues in CSD and Clinical Instruction in Speech-Language Pathology. Her current primary research interest is communication development in children with Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) and she has presented numerous papers and seminars in Europe, Australia and the United States on this topic. Her videotapes demonstrating therapy procedures with children with this syndrome are requested by individuals and groups from numerous countries. She serves as the speech-language advisor to the CdLS Foundation. Dr. Goodban has presented numerous papers at various conferences and has published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, the Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, and Language Speech and Hearing in Schools Journal. The Arlt-Goodban norms for articulation, co-developed by Dr. Goodban, have been used exclusively in some states.
From 1990 to 1996, Dr. Goodban was one of the nominees for Woman of the Year in DuPage County. She is an alumna of Elmhurst College. Prior to working at Elmhurst College, she was a research associate at the University of Illinois and the clinic director of a VA hospital speech clinic.
Nicole Koonce, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Elmhurst College. B.S., University of Central Oklahoma; M.A., Oklahoma State University; Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
Dr. Koonce received her Ph.D. in special education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research is focused on narrative and expository language skills as they relate to reading comprehension in elementary and middle school-aged children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She also conducts research on evidence-based language interventions for school-age children with language-learning disabilities. She has presented on these topics at state and national conferences including the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, and the Council for Exceptional Children. Dr. Koonce has also co-authored a book chapter on syntactic contributions to literary learning. Prior to working at Elmhurst College, Dr. Koonce worked as a research assistant on two federally funded research projects. From 2000 to 2009, she worked as a speech-language pathologist in early intervention, public school, private school and outpatient clinic settings.
Gerard (Trace) Poll, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Elmhurst College. B.A., The University of Chicago; M.B.A., The University of Chicago, M.S, The Pennsylvania State University., Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University; Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology.
Prior to joining the faculty at Elmhurst College in 2012, Dr. Poll was a pre-doctoral fellow at The Pennsylvania State University and worked as a speech-language pathologist in medical rehabilitation and school settings, with primarily pediatric populations. Prior to entering the field of communication sciences and disorders, he held a range of management positions at financial services and consulting firms.
He teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, clinical phonetics, language disorders and speech science. Dr. Poll’s research is focused on developmental language and literacy disorders, with a major focus on adolescents and young adults with developmental language disorders. His studies have focused on the effective assessment of language impairment, cognitive and linguistic factors associated with language impairment, and functional effects of language impairment. He has also studied late talking and the relations of early language abilities to language impairment in grade school.
Dr. Poll’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health. He has presented his research at meetings of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders. He has published studies, with collaborators, in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, the International Journal of Language and Other Communication Disorders, and the Journal of Communication Disorders.