Speech & Hearing Science
Clinical Faculty in Speech-Language Pathology
Jennifer Dahman, MS CCC-SLP/L, Clinical Assistant Professor, has been a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist since 1996 and is certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also licensed through the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Prof. Dahman received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Southwest Missouri State University. Throughout her professional career, she has served clients in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient clinics. As an instructor with the Speech and Hearing Science Department, she supervises student clinicians working with children and adults. Prof. Dahman enjoys working with clients of all ages who struggle with language and literacy deficits and speech disorders.
Abby Franz, MS CCC-SLP/L has been in the field of speech-language pathology since 2004 and is certified through the American Speech-Language Pathology Association (ASHA). Mrs. Franz received her Master's degree from Illinois State University. She has worked in a variety of settings including a preschool, hospital, nursing home, and home health agency. For the past several years, she has worked at OSF Medical Center in Urbana, IL, where she works in both the acute inpatient and outpatient settings. She has a particular interest in the areas of dysphagia and aphasia. In addition to ASHA certification, she is licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
Dr. Noa Hannah has been appointed Clinic Director for the Department of Speech and Hearing Science. Dr.Hahhah earned a M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received a University of Illinois Presidential Scholarship to support her graduate clinical training. Upon graduation, Noa worked as a speech-language pathologist for the Albuquerque Public School System, where she conducted assessments and intervention for children with low-incidence disabilities. Noa earned a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Washington in 2009. During her doctoral studies, Noa received the Haring Family Endowed Scholarship to support her dissertation research. In addition to holding the CCC-SLP, Noa is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She also previously has served as a Clinic Director, overseeing clinical services provided by individuals from a variety of allied health backgrounds.
Clarion Mendes, MA CCC-SLP/L serves as the Director of Clinical Education for the Department of Speech and Hearing Science and is a Clinical Assistant Professor. She has been a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2009. Prof. Mendes received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked in multiple medical settings, and currently supervises and instructs graduate clinicians in the fields of voice, including transgender individuals seeking voice modification, and neurological conditions affecting communication. Her professional interests include voice, gerontology, dysphagia, and communication disorders associated with neurological conditions. She is a member of the ASHA special interest groups for Gerontology, Dysphagia and Supervision and is the current treasurer of the Eastern Illinois Speech-Language and Hearing Association. In addition to ASHA certification, she is licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Additionally, Prof. Mendes is a certified practitioner of Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) and is an approved member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
Amy Strohman, M.A., CCC-SLP received her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Science in 2013 and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology in 2015 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Strohman has clinical experience in a variety of settings with a focus on speech, language and feeding in a pediatric population. She has experience promoting and teaching Augmentative and Alternative Communication to students and school staff to optimize effective and functional communication. Ms. Strohman previously served as a clinical instructor in our department, including supervising telepractice this summer.