Kari Cook, Graduate Teaching Assistant
Speech & Hearing Sciences Department
PO Box 751
Portland State University
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Office Location: Neuberger Hall 66
B.S. Natural Resources, Oregon State University 03'-07'
B.S. Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington 12'-13'
Kari first became interested in speech and hearing sciences five years ago when she took a job working for Head Start in Clackamas County. As an education assistant, she observed bilingual therapy sessions conducted by the local SLP. She was fascinated by the work and enjoyed helping out with each session. The visiting SLP encouraged Kari to consider the profession and sparked an interest that evolved into a career goal.
Following the preschool position, Kari worked as an outreach coordinator for Oregon’s Healthy Kids program in Clackamas County. In this position, she learned about the need for healthcare providers (especially bilingual providers) and decided she wanted to be someone who could provide healthcare service in her community.
To pursue this goal, Kari sought to learn more about the SLP profession through volunteering at a speech and hearing clinic in Seattle. Convinced it was the field for her, she applied and was accepted to University of Washington’s post-baccalaureate program. While completing the post-bacc program, she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Lynne Werner's Infant Hearing Lab, investigating how hearing develops during infancy.
In her free time Kari enjoys cooking, going for runs, socializing with friends, and summer backpacking trips.