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 150 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 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 professional development courses have been available on speechpathology.com and speechandlanguagekids.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 completed a term as an accreditation site visitor for the Council on Academic Accreditation in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She 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 Cleveland 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.

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Honors and Awards:
Merit Recognition Award, Cleveland State University (2006; 2008; 2012, 2014, 2016)

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 - Conventions

Gilbert, T. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2017) Literacy: A very possible, necessary tool for inclusion and integration. Am Assn on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Nin, M., McNeill, M. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2017) General educators¿ knowledge and implementation of phonological awareness instruction. OH Speech-Language-Hearing Assn

Hodge, A. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2017) Communicative behaviors of typically developing children and their siblings diagnosed with autism. OH Speech-Language-Hearing Assn

Balcer, K., Cox, V.O. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2016) Drugs & dysphagia. Am Speech-Language-Hearing Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. (2016) Helping elementary school learners with language¿based learning disabilities develop written language. Am Speech-Language-Hearing Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. (2016) Helping elementary school learners with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities develop written language. Speakers Showcase of the Intl Dyslexia Assn. NJ Branch of the Intl Dyslexia Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. (2016) How elementary school learners with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities learn to decode and comprehend text. Speakers Showcase of the Intl Dyslexia Assn. NJ Branch of the Intl Dyslexia Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. (2016) Language, literacy, and classroom success: Therapy activities and materials for grades K-4. http://www.SpeechAndLanguageKids.com

Gordon Pershey, M. & Hodge, A. (2016) Communicative behaviors of sibling dyads with a child with autism and a typically developing child. Intl Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Assn (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Gordon Pershey, M. & Livits, N. (2016) Gesture production in Broca¿s & Wernicke¿s aphasias. Intl Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Assn (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Gordon Pershey, M. & Brouwer, K. (2016) Improving speech and language services for children with visual impairments. Intl Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Assn (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Wadams, A. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2015) The relationship between language and attention in elders with nonfluent aphasia. Am Speech-Language-Hearing Assn

Livits, N.G., Cox, V. O., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2015) Gesture production in Broca¿s & Wernicke¿s aphasias. Am Speech-Language-Hearing Assn

Brouwer, K. L., Gordon Pershey, M., et al. (2015) Speech sound production in children with visual impairments. Am Speech-Language-Hearing Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. (2015) Putting it in writing: Helping elementary school learners with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities develop written language skills. Speakers Showcase of the Intl Dyslexia Assn. Children¿s Dyslexia Center (Pittsburgh)

Brouwer, K. L. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2015) Speech sound production deficits in children with visual impairment. Am Educational Research Assn

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

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

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

Gordon-Pershey, M. (2014) Professional knowledge of English grammar. Am Speech-Language-Hearing Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. (2014) Written narrative language needed for the Common Core State Standards. speechpathology.com

Gordon Pershey, M. (2014) Instruction in syntax and grammar. Intl Reading Assn

Brouwer, K., Gordon Pershey, M. & Warkenthien, K. (2013) SLP services for children with visual impairments. Am Speech-Language-Hearing Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. (2013). Executive function and language. Am Speech-Language-Hearing Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. (2013) Developmental competence in narrative writing K-12. Am Speech-Language-Hearing Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. & Pearce, D. (2013) Literacy profes
 
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 438  Dialect Differences in the Schools
SPH 485  Directed Study
SPH 497  Senior Capstone Portfolio
SPH 537  Fluency Disorders
SPH 562  Advanced Language Disorders in Children and Adolescents
SPH 596  Directed Study
SPH 599  Thesis
HSC 690  Independent Study
Clinical Supervision
Guest Lectures: SPH 522 Diagnostic Methods, SPH 591 Comprehensive Exam
Honors Project Supervisor
HSC Capstone Reader
Graduate Exit Project Supervisor
Master's Thesis Supervisor
Master's Thesis Committee Member
BFA Committee Member
Doctoral Committee Member
 
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 Educators and Researchers

International Dyslexia Association

International Literacy Association (Professors of Literacy 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

University Service:
CSU Institutional Review Board
Faculty Senate Graduation, Convocation, and Assembly Committee
Reviewer, General Education Critical Thinking Assessment (Office of General Education, CSU Office of Academic Planning, Office of the Provost)
Reviewer, Assessment Review Day (Office of Student Learning Assessment, CSU Office of Academic Planning, Office of the Provost)
University Common Reading Experience Book Selection Committee
AAUP Bargaining Council At-Large Representative
Faculty Senate Equal Opportunity Hearing Panel
Navigation to Graduation Program ¿ Office of Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion/Cleveland Transfer Connection/Division of University Engagement
AAUP Level III Process Grievance Panel
AAUP Level III Value Grievance Panel
Faculty Senate Instructional Media Services Committee
Print Management Advisory Committee (AAUP Representative)
AAUP Bargaining Council At-Large Representative
Ad-Hoc Information Literacy Task Force
Faculty Senate
Chair, University Petitions Committee
Mentoring Program Evaluation Committee

Graduate College Service:
Review Committee, Office of Research, Undergraduate Engaged Learning Grant Proposals
Graduate Faculty Review Committee of the College of Graduate Studies
College of Graduate Studies Petitions Committee

College Sciences and Health Professions Service:
College of Sciences and Health Professions Academic Standards Committee
College of Science Curriculum Committee

School of Health Sciences Service:
Admissions Interviews of Student Applicants for CSU-NEOMED Partnership
School of Health Sciences Ad Hoc Strategic Plan Subcommittee: Education
School of Health Sciences Peer Review Committee
School of Health Sciences Peer Teaching Evaluations
Commencement Participant
Search Committee for the Director of the School of Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences Self-Study Program Review Committee
School of Health Sciences Curriculum Committee

Speech and Hearing Program Service:

Speech and Hearing Program Faculty and Staff Search Committees (Chair)
Speech and Hearing Program Curriculum Committee (Chair)
Speech and Hearing Program Graduate Admissions Committee (Chair as Program Director, 2010-2011)
Speech and Hearing Honors/Scholars Advisor
 
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
Student Outstanding Research Award (SORA) Committee

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

Reviewer:
Action in Teacher Education
Cogent Education
Cogent Psychology
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
Advisory Council
Past President of the Board of Directors
Newsletter Co-Editor
Dyslexia Simulation
Dyslexia Dash
 
Community Service:
Former 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