Dr. Jerry Hoepner initially joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders as an associate lecturer in the fall of 2004. In 2008 he began his full-time position teaching dult neurogenic coursework. He received his bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University – Mankato in psychology and his master's degree from UW Eau Claire in communicative disorders. After receiving his master's degree, he worked clinically at rehab and acute care hospitals in the region for Rusk County Memorial, Victory Medical Center – Stanley, and Luther Midelfort for over 10 years. In the summer of 2010, he completed his doctoral research at UW-Madison with special interests in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation and neurosciences. His research interests include partner assessment, partner training, examining the role of positive behavioral routines, and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries, aphasia and other acquired cognitive-communication disorders.
Dr. Hoepner has been involved in community-based brain injury groups since 1999, the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group since 1997, and Aphasia Camp since 2003. He teaches courses in acquired cognitive disorders, dysphagia,neurological aspects of communication, aphasia & related disorders, rehabilitation methods, and communication disorders of the aged, while team-teaching anatomy & physiology and speech & hearing science. In addition, he acts as a clinical supervisor and is active in student-faculty collaborative research projects. In 2008, he developed the Communication Sciences and Disorders departmental Pro Seminar speakers' series, which he continues to coordinate throughout each academic year.