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Celebrating 40 Years: Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Forty for 40

When MGH Institute of Health Professions approached the 40th anniversary of its 1977 founding, it was obvious that every one of the school’s almost 7,200 graduates has a story to tell of how they are making a difference in the world of health care and beyond.

It’s about volunteering in underserved communities, conducting breakthrough research, developing pioneering innovative patient care delivery approaches, leading teams of health professionals.

It’s also about the myriad interactions with patients, clients, and their families—many of which go virtually unnoticed—that mark the impact of our alumni.

The speech-language pathologist helping a person with aphasia relearn how to speak or a pupil overcome reading difficulties. The registered nurse assisting a family whose loved one is gravely ill. The physical therapist urging a person recovering from a knee replacement to finish the day’s rehab by taking just one more step. The physician assistant developing a treatment strategy before a patient returns home. The occupational therapist showing an elderly person better ways to negotiate a new apartment. The nurse practitioner performing a check-up on a youngster or prescribing medicine to an adult.

To all our alumni and current students, we hope you see a little part of yourselves in these 40 profiles. So many of these successes are built on the MGH Institute’s commitment to excellence and interprofessional care. To our friends and supporters, we hope you gain a better understanding of how everyone in the IHP community is making a significant impact in the overall quality of life of patients in the communities in which we work and live.

As we celebrate our first 40 years throughout 2017 and look to the future, it’s clear the MGH Institute is poised to continue its mission of educating tomorrow’s health care leaders.

Featured Alumni in the SLP Program

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Julie Burrows, MS-SLP ’03, CCC-SLP
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Bermuda is a healthier place because of Julie Burrows’ efforts. Full story.

 

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Mashael Faisal Al Saud, PhD, MS-SLP ’02, CCC-SLP
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Mashael Faisal Al Saud has played a major role in improving the lives of thousands of people in Saudi Arabia with communication and swallowing difficulties. Full story.

 


 

 

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David J. Hajjar, PhD, MS-SLP ’98
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

David Hajjar has specialized in helping children and adults with complex communication needs improve their social and communication skills across recreation and leisure settings including paddling, skiing, and cycling activities. His research focuses on supporting individuals with disabilities and their diverse network of communication partners. Full story.

 


 

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Amanda Hitchins Lee, SLP '12
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Amanda Hitchins Lee is showing how a small amount of money can make a huge impact. Full story.

 


 

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Kristen Jacobsen, MS ’96, CCC-SLP, and Sarah Ward, MS ’94, CCC-SLP
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Having speech or cognitive issues can make learning overwhelming for young students. Kristen Jacobsen (top) and Sarah Ward have pioneered a way to help overcome those problems. Full story.

 

 

 


 

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Marie Jette, PhD, MS-SLP ’06, CCC-SLP
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

For Marie Jette, discovering more about local tissue characteristics that cause or contribute to laryngeal inflammation is what drives her research in assessing and treating voice disorders. Full story.

 


 

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Jennifer Walk, MS-SLP ’03, CCC-SLP
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

When Jennifer Walk first moved to Germany in 2007 with her U.S. Army husband, she discovered that there were very few English-speaking communication disorders services for the more than 80,000 Americans living in and around Ramstein Air Base. Full story.

 


 

 

 

 

See all 40 of our featured alumni.