Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Mary Beth Mason
Dr. Mary Beth Mason joined the Edinboro University faculty in 2015. She is an Associate Professor, Chair, and Graduate Program Head in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. She had several years of experience as a faculty member in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education prior to her joining the CSD Department at EUP.
Dr. Mason received her Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology and Certificate in Gerontology from Kent State University. She has several peer-reviewed publications in the area of adult neurogenic communication disorders, including articles in Aphasiology and Communication Disorders Quarterly. She has numerous presentations at state, national, and international conferences and has been an invited speaker at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention.
Dr. Mason in very active in professional service. She served as the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) Vice President for Convention Planning and Program for four years. She is currently serving as President-Elect for PSHA and Coordinator for ASHA Special Interest Group 15 Gerontology. She served as Local Host Chair of the 2016 ASHA Convention Planning Committee.
Dr. Mason is active in a variety of community organizations, with noted service to the Alzheimer’s Association as a dementia support facilitator. Outside of professional interests, she enjoys living in Edinboro with her children and pets.
Jane Messier graduated with a Ph.D. from the department of Communication Disorders at The Florida State University in May of 2015. Prior to her doctoral studies and joining the faculty at Edinboro University, Dr. Messier worked as a speech language pathologist throughout a school district and as an early interventionist. These experiences gave her insight into the gap between research and practice within the profession.
During her doctoral program at Florida State University, she was able to expand her professional skills as a clinical supervisor in the L.L. Schendel Speech and Hearing clinic and as a grant coordinator of the Traineeship in Interdisciplinary Early Intervention in Severe Disabilities grant.
Her focus of research and teaching interest is the language and literacy development of children with hearing loss. Additional interests include increasing family involvement in early intervention and investigation of effective literacy intervention programs. Her current research projects include use of the LENA (the Language ENvironmental Analysis), a new technology, that allows clinicians and researchers to collect the parent-child interactions that occur within the child’s entire day.