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Ellen R. Cohn PhD CCC- SLP is Associate Dean for Instructional Development at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders, where she was past Director of the University of Pittsburgh Speech and Hearing Clinic. Dr. Cohn's academic interests span multiple disciplines. She has taught pharmacy-related communication for 15+ years in the School of Pharmacy, and also teaches in the areas of cleft palate and craniofacial disorders, orthodontics, rhetoric and communication (e.g., healthcare communication, interpersonal communication, non-verbal communication, organizational communication, small group communication, listening, interviewing and counseling, and public speaking); and instructional development and technology.
Cohn has co-authored multiple distance education manuals and web developments and three books: Videofluoroscopic Studies of Speech in Patients with Cleft Palate, (Springer-Verlag); Diversity Across the Curriculum: a Guide for Faculty in Higher Education (Anker Press); and Communication Disorders: A Case Based Approach for Speech-Language Pathologists (Allyn and Bacon, in press). Her professional organization memberships include the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and the American Telemedicine Association, where she serves as Vice-chair, Telerehabilitation SIG. She has contributed to Educause Quarterly: the IT Practitioners Journal, Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Journal of Speech-Language and Hearing Disorders, and Radiology. Prior communications consultant activities have included: Allied Signal, Equitable Gas, and the U.S. Bureau of Mine Safety. Cohn serves as a co-investigator the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telerehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh (US Dept. of Ed, NIDRR), and is on the "University of Pittsburgh: Oral-facial Cleft Families: Phenotype and Genetics" research team. Cohn co-authored two programs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law: a Certificate Program in Disability Law, and, the first MSL with a Concentration in Disability Law. Cohn is a graduate of Douglass College of Rutgers University (BA 1974), Vanderbilt University (MS 1975), and the University of Pittsburgh (PhD 1980). She has received teaching awards, 2006 Honors of the Association of the Southwestern PA Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and was named a 2009 Diversity Champion of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.