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Atkinson, Kathryn

Master Clinical Educator



Kathryn Atkinson, M.A., CCC-SLP/BC-ANCDS, SLP Master Clinical Educator for more than 20 years, provides clinical and academic instruction to undergraduate and graduate students in the Communication Sciences & Disorders programs at CMU. She maintains Board Certification in Neurologic Communication Disorders in Adults from the Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences & Disorders (ANCDS) since 2009. Clinical interests include mild traumatic brain injury, adult neurogenic communication disorders, oral myofunctional disorders, and elective voice/gender-affirmation services.

More about Kathryn Atkinson


  • “Practical Cognitive-Communication Treatment Ideas for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Adults”: Communication is Central: a professional learning event series, Central Michigan University, Mt Pleasant, MI (March 2022)
  • “Are Traditional Apraxia of Speech Techniques Effective for Primary Progressive Apraxia of Speech?” American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Boston, MA (11/2018); Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Lansing, MI (March 2019)
  • "How the Use of Life-Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA) Improved Outcomes in Chronic Aphasia". American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Denver, CO (November 2015).
  • "Conversational Script Training Effectiveness for Acquired Apraxia of Speech" Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference MSHA, Kalamazoo, MI (March 2012).


  • Ep. 6 - ANCDS Board Certification Discussion Speakers: Kathryn Atkinson (SLP Clinical Educator, Central Michigan University), Edna Babbitt (Research SLP, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), and Gail Ramsberger (Associate Professor, University of Colorado-Boulder). ANCDS Board Certification Discussion
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists (CCC-SLP) 
  • Board Certification in Neurologic Communication Disorders in Adults from the Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences & Disorders (ANCDS)
  • MA, Speech-Language Pathology, Central Michigan University, 1985
  • BA, Speech Pathology, Valparaiso University, 1984
  • Opportunities for advanced learning and clinical application via independent Studies in the areas of neurogenic communication disorders, primarily mild traumatic brain injury in adults
  • Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • ASHA Special Interest Group 2: Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Holder, Speech-Language Pathology, State of Michigan

Courses Taught

  • CSD 494:  Mentored Undergraduate Clinic Practicum
  • CSD 495:  Clinical Experience: Communication Disorders
  • SLP 749:  Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology
  • CSD 790:  Advanced Independent Study