Karin Thomas

Assistant Professor, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

"For me, there was never a consideration to study or work in any other of field other than the field of speech language pathology. For as long as I can remember, language and communication have been the focus of my life, both personally and professionally. It is a privilege as a professor and clinician to work with students and help them reach their goals in the field as well."

248 Spes Unica Hall | 574-284-4470 | kthomas1@saintmarys.edu

Karin Thomas has worked for more than 30 years as a practicing speech language pathologist focusing primarily on adolescents and adults with acquired brain injuries. She has developed programs for the educational reintegration of students with traumatic brain injuries and most recently, headed therapists in a hospital based multidiscipline concussion team. In addition to clinical work, she has also been an educator for many years, teaching, supervising and mentoring students. 

Education

SLPD, Valdosta State University
MS, University of Oklahoma
BS, University of Oklahoma

Area of Expertise

Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders

Concussion

Educational Reintegration After Acquired Brain Injury

Research Interests

Gender differences in concussion symptoms from sport related injuries

The effect of physical exertion on cognitive functioning for return to play determination

Multidisciplinary approaches to identification and management of concussion and post concussive syndrome

Graduate Courses Taught

CSD 508 Adult Acquired Language Disorders I

CSD 509 Adult Acquired Language Disorders II

CSD 512 Neurology for the Speech Language Pathologist

CSD 516 Motor Speech Disorders

Professional Experience

Saint Mary’s College, Visiting Assistant Professor 2017-present

Saint Mary’s College Adjunct professor, 2006-2017

Memorial Hospital Clinical Specialist 1996-2017

Professional Memberships

  • American Speech Language and Hearing Association
  • Indiana Speech Language and Hearing Association

Presentations

Introduction to adult acquired neurological disorders case studies: Invited lecturer, Saint Mary’s College, 2017

Medical speech language pathology relating to adult language disorders: Invited lecturer, Saint Mary’s College, 2016

Concussion 101: Identification, medical and therapeutic management including return to learn and return to play protocols, Invited lecturer, Saint Mary's College, 2016

Certified Brain Injury Certification Course. Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists. Speaker for brain injury specialist training. South Bend, Indiana, 2008

Educational reintegration for students with ABI: A step-by-step process. Poster session Poster session presented National Brain Injury Association: Williamsburg, Virginia, 2008

A return to school plan for students with an acquired brain injury. Poster session and quick chat presented Brain Injury Conference of the Americas: Miami, Florida, 2006