Dr. Jennifer Thistle joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders as an assistant professor in August, 2014.She received her baccalaureate degree in Psychology from Alfred University in Alfred, NY and her master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Before pursuing her doctorate, she worked for two years in a collaborative school in Massachusetts, providing classroom-based therapy for preschool through high school students requiring augmentative and alternative communication. She completed her doctoral degree at The Pennsylvania State University in 2014.Her research interests include augmentative and alternative communication, child language disorders, and team-based collaboration. She has presented her research at national and international conferences. She has taught courses including Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Preschool Language Disorders, and supervised graduate students during clinical placements.