Karen  Flynn
Associate Professor
School of Health Professions
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
2129 CHS Building 2

Karen Flynn joined Samford University in 2014 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr. Flynn holds a Doctor of Education in Special Education, as well as a clinical Master of Arts in Speech-Language-Pathology. In addition, Dr. Flynn is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Her primary areas of interest are child language development and disorders and neuro-progressive disorders.  Dr. Flynn also provides speech-language pathology services to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence.

Degrees and Certifications

  • EdD, special education, Ball State University
  • MS, speech pathology, Ball State University
  • BS, speech pathology and audiology, Ball State University


  • Child language
  • Child language disorders
  • Neuro-progressive disorders
  • Huntington’s Disease patient population

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders (undergraduate)
  • Language Development in Children (undergraduate)
  • Language Disorders in Children (undergraduate)
  • Language Disorders: Birth to Five (graduate)
  • Language Disorders: School Age (graduate)
  • Prevention and Diagnosis of Speech, Language, and Cognitive Disorders (graduate)
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders in Adults (graduate)


  • Day, L. & Flynn, K. (2022). Educating communication sciences and disorders students to use evidence-based practice literature: A collaboration between a library liaison and a CSD professor. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 29 (3/4).
  • Thatcher, K. (2019). 20Q: Incorporating Literacy into Early Intervention, Preschool & Home. SpeechPathology.com, Article 20138.
  • Thatcher, K. (2017). Fun with literacy. 100s of Activities, Exercises, and Tips for the Classroom & Therapy (Birth-Preschool). PESI Publishing, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.


  • Day, L. & Flynn, K. (2023). Teaching Communication Sciences and Disorders Students Evidence-based Practice Access and Utilization:  A Library Liaison and CSD Professor Collaboration. Poster presentation at the 2023 Joint South Central and Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association meeting. New Orleans, LA.
  • Flynn, K. (2022). Communication and Swallowing in Patients with Huntington’s Disease. Invited speaker to Facing the Future Together: 1St Annual Huntington Disease Africa Conference 2022. September 2022.