Faculty & Staff

Dr. Brenda Bender
Department Chair and Associate Professor

B.S. Ed., Abilene Christian University, 1990
M.S., University of North Texas, 1994
Ph.D. University of Memphis, 2001

Phone: 325-674-2074
Email: brenda.bender@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Adult Neurogenic Speech and Voice Disorders
  • Speech Science
  • Research Methodology

Professional credentials:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence - Speech-Language Pathology
  • Texas License - Speech-Language Pathology

Professional memberships:

  • American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association

 

Lynette Austin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

B.S.Ed., Abilene Christian University, 1985
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1987
Ph.D., University of Houston, 2007

Phone: 325-674-2090
Email: lynette.austin@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Language development and disorders of bilingual/multilingual speakers
  • Child language development and disorders

Professional credentials:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence - Speech-Language Pathology
  • Texas License - Speech-Language Pathology

Professional memberships:

  • American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association

 

Terry Baggs, Ph.D.
Associate Department Chair and Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor

B.A., Freed-Hardeman University, 1977
M.S., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 1981
Ph.D., University of Memphis, 1992

Phone: 325-674-4819
Email: terry.baggs@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Adult neurogenic speech and language disorders
  • Voice disorders
  • Clinical supervisory issues 

Professional credentials:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence - Speech-Language Pathology
  • Texas License - Speech-Language Pathology

Professional memberships:

  • American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association

 

Denise Barnett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.S.Ed., Abilene Christian University, 1980
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1982
Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 2010

Phone: 325-674-2420
Email: barnettd@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Adult neurogenic language disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Communication disorders in genetic syndromes

Professional credentials:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence - Speech-Language Pathology
  • Texas License - Speech-Language Pathology

Professional memberships:

  • American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association

 

MaLesa Breeding, Ed.D.
Professor

B.S.Ed., Abilene Christian University, 1980
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1986
Ed.D., Texas Tech University, 1998

Phone: 325-674-2700
Email: breedingm@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Child language
  • Professional issues - Personnel shortages

Professional credentials:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence - Speech-Language Pathology
  • Texas License - Speech-Language Pathology

Professional memberships:

  • American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association

 

Rachel Smith
Instructor 

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1998 
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 2001 

Phone: 325-674-2829
Email: smithrd@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise: 

  • Pediatric feeding and swallowing 
  • Speech-motor disorders 
  • Craniofacial anomalies 
  • Language Disorders 

Professional credentials: 

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence - Speech-Language Pathology 
  • Texas Licensure - Speech-Language Pathology 

Professional memberships: 

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 

 

Diana Taylor
Assistant Professor, Clinic Director 

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1988
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1990 

Phone: 325-674-2075
Email: diana.taylor@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise: 

  • Adult neurogenic speech and language disorders 
  • Child language development and disorders

Professional credentials: 

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence - Speech-Language Pathology 
  • Texas Licensure - Speech-Language Pathology 

Professional memberships: 

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association

 

 

Connie Chrane
Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 325-674-2074
Email: cgc04b@acu.edu

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