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Lynn Fox, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor Emerita

Contact Information:

Speech & Hearing Sciences Department
PO Box 751
Portland State University
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Home Office Phone: 503.274.4143
Email:  foxl@pdx.edu

Areas of Expertise:

  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • AAC
  • Psychosocial Change & Acquired Communication Disorders

Education:

  • Ph.D., Communication Disorders & Sciences, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
  • M.A., Speech & Hearing Sciences, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
  • B.A., Social Welfare, California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, California

Courses:

  • SPHR 461 - Neurology of Speech & Hearing
  • SPHR 495 - Organic Communication Disorders 
  • SPHR 510 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication Lab
  • SPHR 553 - Counseling in Communication Disorders 
  • SPHR 558 - Computer Applications in Communication Disorders
  • SPHR 559 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Graduate)
  • SPHR 560 - Research Methods in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology 
  • SPHR 563 - Adult Language Disorders
  • SPHR 565 - Dysphagia    
  • SPHR 566 - Motor Speech Disorders 

 

Research:

Why Go It Alone: The Use of Public Resources to Enhance Computer Accessibility for Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities. This collaborative Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project is funded by the US Department of Education, National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research. In this two-year project, Dr. Fox is collaborating with colleagues at Life Technologies, LLC to identify and develop resources that enhance public computing accessibility for individuals with cognitive impairments. The team has created a web-based tool for matching appropriate computing technology to an individual's needs and resources. Additionally the team is developing and evaluating a flash drive with auto-launch capabilities that can be used by people with cognitive impairments to access web-based social interaction applications including adapted email, accessible web browsing, and online therapy activities.

 

Solution-focused therapy for families living with aphasia. Dr. Fox collaborates with Dr. Jim Andrews (emeritus faculty from Northern Illinois University) and Mary Andrews (licensed marriage and family counselor) to conduct research evaluating outcomes of intervention for adults with aphasia and their family members. This unique intervention technique draws upon a family's resources to identify and maximize functional communication and life participation


Curriculum Vitae


Background:

Dr.  Fox has taught at Portland State University since 1998.  She worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Training Coordinator at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 12 years before joining the SPHR faculty. As a medical speech-language pathologist, her areas of focus were neurology, neurosurgery, and medical intensive care. She ran an innovative recreation-focused outpatient group therapy program for veterans and their families who were living with aphasia, and she initiated interdisciplinary programs in the medical center for individuals with ALS and TBI. She is a founding member of Stroke Camp Northwest, a summer camp and support network for families living with aphasia that is a community partnership with Pacific University's schools of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, American Stroke Association, and Providence Health & Services. Dr. Fox conducts research in AAC and aphasia, and she currently is working on a research project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. She enjoys all aspects of outdoor life in the Pacific Northwest. She is a skier, fly fisher, hiker, sea kayaker, and an avid gardener.