Kathy J. Jakielski
Kathy J. Jakielski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is the Florence C. and Dr. John E. Wertz Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where she serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has over 35 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults with severe speech impairment, including Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). For the past 20 years she has conducted research on genetic bases, differential diagnosis, and intervention efficacy on children with CAS. The study of phonetic science underlies all of the work in which she is engaged. She has been teaching an introduction to phonetics course to undergraduate students continuously for the past 22 years. After spending most nights dreaming in phonetic symbols, teaching the next generation of speech-language pathologists about how to apply phonetic science to increase their understanding of typical and disordered speech acquisition is what gets her out of bed each morning.