The Board provides guidance to the almost 300 undergraduate and graduate programs in speech and hearing across the country. The Board’s charge is to (a) identify and monitor critical issues, forecast needs and trends, develop resources, implement programs, and recommend actions that address academic preparation and (b) support and enhance capacity building efforts in response to clinical and faculty–researcher personnel needs and shortages.
Dr. Crais, Coordinator of PhD Studies in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, has 40 years of experience in working with children and youth with disabilities. Her research interests include ASD identification and intervention, personnel preparation, and implementation of family-centered practices. She is currently a PI or Investigator on two IES grants and one Autism Speaks grant, all focused in the area of ASD. She has been the Project Director or Co-Director on several OSEP-funded personnel preparation projects at both the MS and PhD levels. Due to her community engaged research, she was selected as a UNC-CH Faculty Engaged Scholar and is also a member of the North Carolina Postsecondary Education Alliance.