Jennifer Kent-Walsh, PhD, CCC-SLP, S-LP(C) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Principal Investigator/Director of the FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Education degree (Secondary English & Mathematics) from McGill University, her Master of Science degree (Human Communication Disorders) from Dalhousie University, and her Doctor of Philosophy (Communication Sciences and Disorders) from The Pennsylvania State University.
Jennifer currently is active in AAC-related teaching, research, and clinical/service activities at the University of Central Florida. Along with her research collaborator, Cathy Binger, and student investigators, she concentrates her research efforts on developing and evaluating interventions designed to improve language and communication outcomes for children with developmental disabilities who use AAC. Jennifer enjoys grounding her research and teaching in local community contexts; currently, she is the Principal Investigator on a Clinical Research Grant funded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, she serves as a Cabinet Member for the Heart of Florida United Way, and she is a Research Committee Member for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Under Jennifer’s direction, the FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center was established in 2005 and has flourished in providing critical assistive technology services for individuals with disabilities across 10 Florida counties.
Jennifer and her husband, Scott, have two young daughters – Faith and Grace. They enjoy traveling together and having fun at the local attractions in Orlando. Faith and Grace frequently pitch in to test out research procedures and have picked up so much in the process that they have been seen trying to teach their stuffed animals to ‘talk’ using iPad apps!