About the Speaker
Kerrie Lemons Chitwood, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor at CSU Monterey Bay
Kerrie Lemons Chitwood, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech language pathologist with 24 years of clinical and research experience. Kerrie currently is the program director for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and an assistant professor in the Department of Education and Leadership at CSUMB. Kerrie is also co-director for the Center for Reading Diagnosis and Instruction (CRDI). Kerrie completed her PhD in Education from University of California, Davis and her BA and MA in Communicative Disorders from University of the Pacific. Previously, from 2002-2014, Kerrie worked at the U.C. Davis MIND Institute, where she was part of the Fragile X team. She values intervention research and has extensive experience working as an integral member of a collaborative interdisciplinary team. She collaborated on national and international presentations as well as research publications specific to Fragile X syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She is committed to translational research and thrives to bridge the gap between research and practice specifically as it pertains to students and families with FXS and other neurodevelopmental disorders in educational and community settings.
Laura Greiss Hess, PhD, OTR/L.
Associate Professor, PhD, OTR/L at Dominican University of California
Laura Greiss Hess, PhD, OTR/L completed her BS in Special Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University and began her career as a special education teacher serving students with moderate/severe disabilities in 1992. She went on to complete her MS in occupational therapy (OT) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and earned professional comprehensive certification in sensory integration, and certification in assistive technology applications. Laura was a school-based OT practitioner for 17 years. Additionally, Laura worked at the UC Davis MIND Institute for 12 years collaborating on research and clinical teams specializing in fragile X syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, learning/intellectual disabilities, and assistive technology applications. This work contributed to national and international conference presentations and publications. Laura completed her PhD in Education from U.C. Davis, and is now an assistant professor in the occupational therapy department at Dominican University of California. She has been passionate about bringing FXS literature and research to pre-service occupational therapy graduate students.
Anne Hoffmann, PhD, CCC-SLP.
Assistant Professor & Speech-Language Pathologist at Rush University Medical Center
Anne Hoffmann, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor and speech-language pathologist in the Communication Disorders & Sciences, and Pediatrics departments at Rush University. Her research examines language and social communication development in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, especially Fragile X syndrome. Her teaching and clinical interests focus on pediatric speech and language disorders. Hoffmann completed her doctoral work at The Ohio State University and then completed her post-doctoral position in pediatrics at Rush University.