Monica Gordon Pershey, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
 Title: Professor
 Dept: Health Sciences
 Office: IM 324
 Phone: 216-687-4534,  216-687-3804
 Fax: 216-687-6993
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. IM 324, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
grammar, syntax, language, language development, language disorders, literacy, learning disabilities, supervision, developmental disabilities, reading, reading comprehension, writing, assessment, testing, elementary school, school-age, middle school, autism, pragmatic language, pragmatics, narrative, discourse, dyslexia, phonological awareness, speech-language pathology, special needs, special education, child development, African American child
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 a Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, College of Health Sciences. She has been a faculty member at CSU since 1995.  

Dr. Gordon Pershey is the author of over 300 publications 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. She has published in Cogent Medicine, Preventing School Failure, Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders, Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 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), Buros Mental Measurements Yearbook, and numerous other journals. She has presented her research at numerous conferences, including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Educational Research Association, the International Dyslexia Association, the International Systemic Functional Linguistics Congress, the International Literacy Association, and others.

Dr. Gordon Pershey's research has been cited internationally. Links to these citations can be found on her website at and on Google Scholar at and on ResearchGate at

Among her past projects, she investigated the perspectives of adults with autism who are artists, funded by the CSU Faculty Scholarship Initiative.

Dr. Gordon Pershey is currently on the editorial board for Perspective in Language and Literacy, published by the International Dyslexia Association. She served as coordinator of the ASHA SIG 10 Higher Education Special Interest Group and 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 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 held licensure as a school speech-language pathologist and reading teacher.

Dr. Gordon Pershey previously provided speech-language pathology clinical services as a staff member at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and currently 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.
Honors and Awards:
Partial list - recent

25 Year Service Award, CSU (2021)

Faculty Innovators Award, Center for Faculty Excellence, CSU (2021)

Textbook Hero Award, CSU Student Government Association and the Michael Schwartz Library (2020)

Merit Recognition Award, CSU (2006, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2020)
Creative and Activities:
Abbreviated List - Recent Presentations

Brouwer, K., Stransky, M., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2022). Early literacy development in children with visual impairments. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention (New Orleans, November). (Online)

Rittenberger, M., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2022). Colleges' and universities' procedures for referring student veterans with TBI/ABI for speech-language services. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention (New Orleans, November). (Online)

Klenk, M., & Gordon-Pershey, M. (2021). Effects of childhood traumatic life events on children's language and literacy development. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Schools Connect. (Online)

Gordon Pershey, M. (2021). Celebrating dialect diversity: Creating a culturally and linguistically inclusive classroom. Cleveland Teaching Collaborative Summer Sandbox, Cleveland State University. (Online)

Gordon Pershey, M. (2021). Developing a course blueprint for an online course. In conjunction with the Faculty Innovators Award program. Online presentation, one of a series sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence, Cleveland State University. (Online)

Gordon Pershey, M., Trexler, J., & Zeszut, S. (2019). A retrospective review of dysphagia care pathways for adult acute care neurology inpatients. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Health Care Connect (Chicago).

Gilbert, T. W., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2019). Case studies in literacy development in adults with developmental disabilities. Ohio Health Care Association (Columbus).

Gilbert, T. W., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2018). Literacy: The key to inclusion and integration. American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (St. Louis).

Gordon Pershey, M. (2018). Putting it in writing: Helping elementary school learners with language needs develop written language skills. Ohio Council of the International Reading Association (Cleveland).

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

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

Brouwer, K. L., Gordon Pershey, M., et al. (2015). Speech sound production in children with visual impairments: Development & interventions. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Denver).
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
Cultural and linguistic diversity
Executive function
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
Learning disabilities
Adult neurogenic communication disorders (aphasia, cognition)
Teaching Areas:
SPH 229 Speech and Language Development                                            
SPH/CSD 431 Basic Speech Disorders
SPH/CSD 438/538 Cultural Diversity in Communication Sciences and Disorders
SPH/CSD 485 Directed Study
SPH/CSD 497 Senior Capstone Portfolio
SPH/CSD 537 Fluency Disorders
SPH/CSD 562 Advanced Language Disorders in Children and Adolescents
SPH/CSD 591 Comprehensive Exam/Research in CSD
SPH/CSD 596 Directed Study
SPH/CSD 599 Thesis
HSC 393 Selected Topics in Health Sciences
HSC 496 Independent Study in Health Sciences
HSC 690 Independent Study
Clinical Supervision (SPH 539)
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 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

Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
University Service:
Recent and current service - partial listing

CSU College of Health Peer Review Committee
CSU Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Space
School of Health Sciences Representative to the CSU AAUP
CSU Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects in Research  
CSU University Space Advisory Committee   
CSU Assessment Reviewer
CSU School of Health Sciences Peer Review Committee       
CSU Communication Sciences and Disorders Honors/Scholars Advisor
CSU Communication Sciences and Disorders Department PRC Chair
CSU Communication Sciences and Disorders Department (ongoing committees and duties)
Professional Service:
Recent and current service - partial listing

American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Mentoring: Leadership Mentoring Program
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Mentoring Academic Research Careers (MARC) Program
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Student to Empowered Professionals (STEP) Mentoring Program         

International Dyslexia Association: Editorial committee for Perspectives on Language and Literacy

International Dyslexia Association: Team lead, Higher education accreditation reviews       

International Dyslexia Association - Northern Ohio Branch: Advisory Council   

Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association Grants Committee Chair         

Editorial Review Boards: Literacy Research and Instruction; Cogent Education; Communication Disorders Quarterly   

Reviewer: Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools; Journal of Literacy                      
Research; Action in Teacher Education; Teaching and Learning in Communication
Sciences and Disorders; LRTMP: Literacy Research Theory, Method, and Practice (Literacy Research Association Conference Proceedings); Cogent Psychology; Cogent Humanities; Perspectives in Language Learning and Education (Published by the ASHA Special Interest Group 1), Jones & Bartlett Publishers
Community Service:
Current service

Member, Board of Directors, The Orange Effect Foundation
Research Grants:
Partial history

CSU Faculty Scholarship Initiative; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Group 11 Research Grant in Clinical Supervision and Clinical Administration; Engaged Learning: CSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement; CSU Center for Teaching Excellence; International Reading Association; Pi Lambda Theta; State of Ohio; Ohio Campus Compact/Northeast Ohio Higher Education Coalition/Cleveland Foundation; Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association