Welcome. I am Susan Durnford, a Clinical Associate Professor in the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Department here at Ithaca College. During my 25-year tenure at Ithaca College (IC), I have had the privilege of completing research and presenting nationally in the areas of adult and geriatric neurogenic communication disorders, pedagogical issues, and interdisciplinary education. My teaching duties at IC have included undergraduate coursework in fluency, and communication-cognitive disorders for older adults. Graduate coursework has included motor speech disorders and cognitive rehabilitation.
I have also had the wonderful opportunity of supervising numerous undergraduate and graduate student clinicians both on campus and at community based sites. During the last sixteen years, I have mentored speech-language pathology undergraduate and graduate student clinicians at the Center for Life Skills (CLS) <https://www.ithaca.edu/hshp/clinics/lifeskills/> . The CLS program is housed at Longview of Ithaca and is an interdisciplinary program consisting of physical therapy, recreational therapy,occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology students working with individuals with traumatic brain injury (e.g. stroke). The CLS participants are past their active, formal rehabilitative phase and are involved in therapeutic activities three days a week. This practicum experience prepares our allied health care students for their first medical placement especially given the interdisciplinary opportunities in terms of family conferences, community outings, and co-treatments. My recent scholarly activities relating to clinical work includes the use of mindfulness techniques and technology (e.g., iPad apps, telepractice).
Please feel free to contact me if you should have any questions regarding the academic or clinical coursework in our degree programs.