Karen  Thatcher

Karen Thatcher, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor
School of Health Professions
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Office: CHS Building 2 2129
Email: kthatche@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-4668
New to Samford University, Karen Thatcher recalls the decision to move to Birmingham and join the Samford faculty as an “easy” one.  “I felt the presence of something more when I first came to Samford for my interview,” she said. “The passion that faculty and staff have for their students was evident.  I wanted to be a part of that.  I feel blessed to wake up every day and do what I love – teach my students about speech pathology.” A native of Indiana, Thatcher taught at Ball State University for 13 years.  She has two daughters, Danielle and Abigail and is eagerly awaiting the birth of her first grandchild, Tyler Aaron.   

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ed.D., special education, Ball State University
  • M.S., speech pathology, Ball State University
  • B.S., speech pathology and audiology, Ball State University
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Expertise

  • Early intervention and literacy
  • dementia
  • traumatic brain injury
  • universal design instruction

Awards and Honors

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Ball State University, 2009
  • Accessible Teacher Award, Ball State University Office of Disabled Student Development, 2012

Publications

  • Thatcher, K. (2010). The development of phonological awareness with specific language impaired and typical children.  Psychology in the Schools, 47,(5), 467-480.
  • Thatcher, K.L., Fletcher, K. (2008). Professionals’ perceptions of the role of literacy in early intervention services. Psychology in the Schools, 45,(7),600-608.
  • Thatcher, K.L., Fletcher, K., Decker, B. (2008). Communication disorders in the school: Perspectives on academic and social success:  An introduction.  Psychology in the Schools, 45,(47), 579-581.

Presentations

  • McMillan, J., Yssel, N., & Thatcher, K. (2010). The nature of verbal communication interactions with toddlers in childcare. Poster presentation at The 28th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics. Athens, Greece.
  • Thatcher, K. (2013, December). What does my kid say? Invited speaker to The Cathedral School, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Thatcher, K.L., Fletcher, K., Decker, B. (2008). Communication disorders in the school: Perspectives on academic and social success:  An introduction.  Psychology in the Schools, 45,(47), 579-581.

Involvement

  • American Speech Language Hearing Association
  • Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama