Acting Director Named for Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology.
The Communication Sciences and Disorders master's program in speech-language pathology is nationally known for its dual emphasis in both medical and educational speech-language pathology. Graduates are well-prepared to work in both school-based and health care settings. Students may also choose electives to become eligible for certification as a Reading Specialist or Early Intervention Specialist. The program also offers a separate Certificate of Advanced Study in Reading designed to develop educators as leaders in literacy to improve reading and writing practices in the schools.
Dr. Lof has taught at the MGH Institute since 1997, and has served as Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders for the past 6 years. His research, teaching and clinical interest is primarily with childhood speech sound disorders, and more recently, he has become interested in the controversies surrounding non-speech oral motor exercises (NS-OME) to change speech sound productions.
Dr. Lof currently serves on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) National Center for Evidence-Based Practice Committee. The committee is charged with evaluating the evidence on using NS-OMEs for speaking and non-speaking tasks such as feeding, swallowing, and drooling. He is also an editorial consultant for the journals American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.
Dr. Lof received his PhD in Communication Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and both a Master of Science and Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.
The MGH Institute of Health Professions (www.mghihp.edu), an academic affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital, is an innovative and independent graduate school that operates within the framework of Partners HealthCare System. A progressive leader in developing comprehensive models of health care education, the MGH Institute prepares advanced practice professionals in the fields of nursing, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, clinical investigation and medical imaging through a distinctive combination of academic study, clinical practice and research. An average of 800 students are enrolled in graduate level degree and certificate programs, with an increasing number of courses available online. The Institute is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
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