Monica Gordon Pershey, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
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 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Health Sciences
 Office: IM 324
 Phone: 216-687-4534,  216-687-3804
 Fax: 216-687-6993
 Email: M.PERSHEY@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://academic.csuohio.edu/pershey_m/index.html
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. IM 324, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
language, language development, language disorders, literacy, supervision, developmental disabilities, reading, reading comprehension, writing, assessment, testing, elementary school, middle school, autism, pragmatic language, pragmatics, narrative, discourse, dyslexia, phonological awareness, speech-language pathology, special needs, special education, child development, African American children, African American students
 
Education:
Ed.D., Language Arts and Literacy Instruction, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, 1994
M.A., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Montclair State College, 1985
B.A., Communications, Cleveland State University, 1978
 
Brief Bio:
Monica Gordon Pershey, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Speech and Hearing Program, School of  Health Sciences, and served as the Speech and Hearing Program Director from August 2005 to April 2011. Dr. Gordon Pershey earned a bachelor's degree in Communications from Cleveland State University, a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Montclair State College, and a Doctor of Education degree in Language Arts and Literacy Instruction from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She has been a faculty member at CSU since 1995, during which time she has obtained over $100,000 in grants to fund her research and scholarship.  

Dr. Gordon Pershey is the author of over 120 articles and presentations related to children's language and literacy development and to professional issues in speech-language pathology and education, as well as other topics in the fields of communication sciences and disorders and literacy education. Her research has appeared in Preventing School Failure, Mental Retardation, Language Awareness, Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Journal of Speech Pathology and Audiology, ASHA SIG 11 Perspectives on Supervision, eHearsay (Journal of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association), Perspectives on Language and Literacy (International Dyslexia Association), and numerous other journals. She is a reviewer for Buros Mental Measurements, Action in Teacher Education, Communication Disorders Quarterly, Literacy Research and Instruction, the Yearbook of the Association of Literacy Researchers and Educators, and other publications. She has presented her research at numerous conferences, including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Educational Research Association, the International Dyslexia Association, and many others.

Dr. Gordon Pershey completed a study of samples of narrative writing produced by approximately 200 African-American students in grades four and six, which was funded by the Elva Knight Research Grant awarded by the International Reading Association and published in the Proceedings of the Annual International Systemic Functional Congress, Vancouver, BC. Her online course on children's narrative development is available on http://www.speechpathology.com. Her study with Dr. Patrick R. Walden (St. John's University) of the clinical supervision of graduate student clinicians was funded by ASHA SIG 11, Administration and Supervision.

Current endeavors include authoring a graduate level textbook on language disorders and collaborating on studies of speech and language development in children with visual impairment. She is investigating the perspectives of adults with autism who are artists; this community is online at https://www.facebook.com/AutismAndArtLookingForVisualExpressions. This study was funded by the CSU Faculty Scholarship Initiative.

Dr. Gordon Pershey serves as coordinator of the ASHA SIG 10 Higher Education coordinating committee and is an accreditation site visitor for the Council on Academic Accreditation in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She recently served as chair of the Professors of Reading Teacher Educators Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association. She was the 2007-2009 President of the Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She is licensed by the state of Ohio as a speech-language pathologist, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is a licensed school speech-language pathologist and reading teacher. Dr. Gordon Pershey provides speech-language pathology clinical services as a staff member at University Hospitals Case Medial Center and maintains a private practice that offers language and literacy assessments for individuals and provides consultation in language and literacy programming and services for schools and agencies.

She is a member of the CSU IRB.
 
Honors and Awards:
Merit Recognition Award, Cleveland State University (2006; 2008; 2012, 2014)

ASHA Award for 10 Years of Service as a Mentor for the S.T.E.P Mentoring Program: Student to Empowered Professional (2014)

Certificate of Service, Warrensville Heights (OH) City Schools (2003-2004)

Award for Continuing Education (ACE), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (received in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2001, & 2000)

Cover Story, "Bridging Gaps Between Language and Literacy in Children," NEWS-Line for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, September/October 2005, 4-7. Published by NEWS-Line Communications, King of Prussia, PA

News Story, "Artistic Expression and Autism Discussions Held at CSU Library,"
Cleveland State University Cauldron, November 26, 2007.
 
Creative and Activities:
Abbreviated Listing

Holod, A., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2015). The effects of psychotropic medication on dysphagia in older adults. CSU College of Science Research Day

Smith, M.C., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2015). If I can ease one life the aching¿: A cultural approach to volunteering in hospice care. CSU College of Science Research Day

Brouwer, K. L., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2015). Speech sound production deficits in children with visual impairment: A preliminary investigation of the nature and prevalence of co-occurring conditions. CSU College of Science Research Day

Brouwer, K. L., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2015). Speech sound production deficits in children with visual impairment: A preliminary investigation of the nature and prevalence of co-occurring conditions. American Educational Research Association

Wadams, A., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2015). Language and attention in adults with nonfluent aphasia. Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Holod, A., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2015). The effects of psychotropic medication on dysphagia in older adults. Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Gordon-Pershey, M., & Trimm, M. (2015). Linking speech and language therapy activities to the classroom. Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Gordon-Pershey, M. (2014). Professional knowledge of English grammar: A tutorial for SLPs who serve school age and adolescent learners. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Gordon Pershey, M. (2014, May 19). Written narrative language needed for the Common Core State Standards. Online course at speechpathology.com: http://www.speechpathology.com/slp-ceus/course/written-narrative-language-needed-for-6804

Gordon Pershey, M. (2014).Instruction in syntax and grammar: New responses to long-standing controversies. Professors of Reading Teacher Educators Special Interest Group, International Reading Association

Brouwer, K., Gordon Pershey, M., & Warkenthien, K. (2013). SLP services for children with visual impairments: A qualitative report of practitioner practices. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Gordon Pershey, M. (2013). Executive function and language: A reciprocal relationship. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Gordon Pershey, M. (2013). Developmental competence in narrative writing K-12: Implications for students with language needs. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Neff, S. A., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2013). You¿re allowed to say it aloud: School age vocabulary. National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Gordon Pershey, M., & Pearce, D. (2013). Literacy professional vs. reading scholar: Two complementary intents in graduate education. Professors of Reading Teacher Educators Special Interest Group Session, International Reading Association

Gordon Pershey, M. (2013). Students' developmental competence in understanding and employing the structural and discourse features of narrative writing. International Re
 
Research Interests:
Child language development and disorders
Literacy development in children with language disorders
Literacy development in educationally under-served children
Children's comprehension and production of narrative
Preparing children with language disorders for educational assessments
Literacy pedagogy and teaching strategies
Professional enhancement of speech-language pathologists and literacy educators
Research on journaling and memoir writing
Fictional depictions of persons with communication disorders
Written language development
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Pragmatic language
Syntax
Learning disabilities
Dyslexia

Clinical interests in adult neurogenic communication disorders
 
Teaching Areas:
SPH 229  Speech and Language Development                                            
SPH 431  Basic Speech Disorders
SPH 485  Directed Study
SPH 537  Fluency Disorders
SPH 562  Advanced Language Disorders in Children and Youth
SPH 596  Directed Study
SPH 599  Thesis
Clinical Supervision
 
Professional Affiliations:
American Educational Research Association

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Special Interest Groups: Higher Education, School-Based Issues, Language Learning & Education, Administration & Supervision, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations)

Association of Literacy Researchers and Educators

International Dyslexia Association

International Reading Association (Professors of Reading Teacher Educators Special Interest Group)

Literacy Research Association

National Education Association

Ohio Education Association

Ohio School Speech Pathology and Educational Audiology Coalition

Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
 
Professional Experience:
2004-2005 Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ

Positions at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
1998-2004 Assistant Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing
1997-98 Term Faculty, Department of Specialized Instructional Programs, College of Education
1995-97 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Specialized Instructional Programs,
College of Education

1995-1997 English as a Foreign Language Instructor, Kaplan Education Center, Beachwood, OH

Speech-Language Pathologist
2004-present University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH
1995-present Private Practice: Diagnostic Services, Cleveland Heights, OH
1995 Northcoast Partners, Warrensville Developmental Center, OH
1995 Mayfield Heights (OH) City Schools
1988-1994 Methuen (MA) Public Schools
1992-1994 Andover (MA) Public Schools
1987-1994 Private Practice: Pediatric and Geriatric. Lowell, MA
1987-1991 Massachusetts Easter Seal Society, Home Health Care, Lawrence, MA
1987-1988 Anne Sullivan Center Early Intervention Program, Tewksbury, MA
1985-1987 Cerebral Palsy of Essex and West Hudson, Belleville, NJ
 
University Service:
Partial Listing, recent years

CSU Institutional Review Board
Faculty Senate Graduation, Convocation, and Assembly Committee
School of Health Sciences Self-Study Program Review Committee
School of Health Sciences Search Committee for the Director of the School of Health Sciences
Review Committee, College of Sciences and Health Professions Undergraduate  
Engaged Learning Grant Proposals
AAUP Bargaining Council At-Large Representative
University Common Reading Experience Book Selection Committee
School of Health Sciences Peer Teaching Evaluations
Faculty Senate Equal Opportunity Hearing Panel
Speech and Hearing Program Faculty Search Committees (Chair 2014-15 and 2012-13)
Speech and Hearing Program Curriculum Committee (Chair 2012-2013)
Speech and Hearing Program Graduate Admissions Committee (Chair as Program Director, 2010-2011)
Speech and Hearing Honors/Scholars Advisor
Reviewer, Assessment Review Day, Office of Student Learning Assessment (CSU Office of Academic Planning, Office of the Provost)
Navigation to Graduation Program ¿ Office of Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion/Cleveland Transfer Connection/Division of University Engagement
School of Health Sciences Curriculum Committee
College of Sciences and Health Professions Academic Standards Committee
AAUP Level III Process Grievance Panel
AAUP Level III Value Grievance Panel
Speaker at NEOREMA Programs for High School Students (Sponsored the Cleveland Clinic)
Faculty Senate Instructional Media Services Committee
Print Management Advisory Committee (AAUP Representative)
 
Professional Service:
Partial Listing, recent years

ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) Site Visitor
ASHA Special Interest Group (SIG) 10, Issues in Higher Education, Coordinating Committee (Coordinator)
ASHA Mentoring Academic Research Careers (MARC) Mentoring Program
ASHA Student to Empowered Professionals (STEP) Mentoring Program
ASHA Conference Strand Committee: Language and Learning in School Age
Children and Adolescents
Advancing Academic Research Careers Award (AARC) Reviewer
Students Pursuing Academic and Research Careers (SPARC) Award Reviewer
PROmoting the next GENeration of Researchers (PROGENY) Reviewer
ASHA SIG 10 Perspectives Reviewer
Journal: Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools Reviewer
Minority Student Leadership Application Reviews

International Dyslexia Association Standards and Practices Committee: Reviews of Higher Education Reading Teacher Education Programs
International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference Reviewer
International Dyslexia Association Editorial Committee for the publication Perspectives on Language and Literacy

International Literacy Association
Editorial Review Board, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
Annual Conference Research Strand Reviewer                                                                                                    
Elva Knight Grant Proposal Review Committee
Chair, Professors of Reading Teacher Educators (PRTE) Special Interest Group (SIG)
Albert J. Harris Award Committee

Literacy Research Association
Fry Book Award Committee


Editorial Service:

Editor, eHearsay, Online Journal of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Volumes 1 and 2, 2011-2012; Reviewer, 2013-2015

Reviewer:
Communication Disorders Quarterly
Yearbook of the Association of Literacy Researchers and Educators
Literacy Research and Instruction
Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities
Journal of Literacy Research
International Reading Association Book Proposal and Manuscript Review Board
Teachers College Press
Taylor & Francis Publishers
Routledge Publishing
Jones & Bartlett Publishers
Delmar Cenage Learning
Plural Publishing
Advisory Board, www.speechpathology.com

Conference Proposal Reviewer:

Association of Literacy Researchers and Educators
American Educational Research Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Schools Conference (Committee Chair)
Literacy Research Association/National Reading Conference
International Conference for the Learning Sciences
Head Start's National Research Conferences
Pi Lambda Theta Research Grant Proposal Reviewer

Activities in Professional Associations:

Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (http://www.dyslexia-nohio.org):
Advisory Council
Past President of the Board of Directors
Newsletter Co-Editor
Dyslexia Simulation
Dyslexia Dash
 
Community Service:
Member, Board of Directors, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival (http://www.cleveshakes.org)
 
Research Grants:
Recent Grants

Gordon Pershey, M. (2012). Visual Expression by Persons with Autism. Cleveland State University Faculty Scholarship Initiative.

Walden, P.R., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2011). An Adult Learning Approach to Supervision in Speech-Language Pathology: Supervisor and Supervisee Perceptions and Outcomes. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Group 11 Research Grant in Clinical Supervision and Clinical Administration.

Gordon Pershey, M. (2010). Engaged Learning: Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement. Student Project: Gibson, N., A Study of Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Gestures. Cleveland State University College of Science.

Gordon Pershey, M., & Neuman, T. M. (2010). Engaged Learning: Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement. Student Project: Barnes, D. R., A Proposal for the Development of an Augmentative and Alternative Communication Lab within the CSU Speech and Hearing Clinic. Cleveland State University College of Science.

Gordon Pershey, M. (2009). eLearning Program Development for the Cleveland State University Speech and Hearing Program's Post-Bachelors Courses. Cleveland State University Center for eLearning.

Gordon Pershey, M. (2008). Emergent Language Analysis Lab. Teaching Excellence Award. Cleveland State University Center for Teaching Excellence.

Gordon Pershey, M. (2007). Senior Capstone Portfolio Course Development Grant. Cleveland State University Library Course Development Small Grants for Information Literacy.

Past Funding Agencies: International Reading Association; Pi Lambda Theta; State of Ohio; Ohio Campus Compact/Northeast Ohio Higher Education Coalition/Cleveland Foundation; Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Cleveland State University; Commonwealth of Massachusetts