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 35 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

S.L.P.D., Valdosta State University
M.S., University of Oklahoma
B.S., University of Oklahoma

Area of Expertise

Adult Acquired 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

Quality of life for patients and caregivers

Graduate Courses Taught

SLP 508 Adult Language Disorders I

SLP 509 Adult Language Disorders II

SLP 512 Neurology for Speech-Language Pathologists

SLP 522 Dysphagia

Professional Experience

Saint Mary's College, Assistant Professor 2018–Present

Saint Mary’s College, Visiting Assistant Professor 2017–18

Saint Mary’s College, Adjunct professor 2006–17

Valdosta State University, Temporary Membership Graduate Faculty 2017-2020  

Memorial Hospital, Clinical Specialist 1996–2017

Professional Memberships

Brain Injury Association of Indiana

Board Member: Brain Injury Association of Indiana

Brain Injury Association of America 

Certified member of American Speech and Hearing Association                

Indiana Professional License in Speech Language Pathology                      

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

Indiana Speech 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

Publications

Creative and Scholarly Work

**Graduate Student
*Undergraduate Student

 

Ault, E**., Shultz, R., Layman, A., & Thomas, K. (2021) Exploring the impact of translator support in LSVT LOUD intervention for a non-English speaker. Inauguration Symposium, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.

Ault, E**., Shultz, R., Layman, A., & Thomas, K. (2021) The perception of dysphagia improvement in a Parkinson’s disease case after completion of LSVT-LOUD tune-up sessions. American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference: Chicago, Illinois

Jackson, K., *Thomas, K., Lyndes, K. (2021) The ALS caregiver experience during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A preliminary qualitative analysis of interview data, Research Spotlight, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.

Koning, H**., Paternoster, M**., Quiroz, M**., Szabo, T**., Visser, A**., Thomas, K., (2021) Accuracy of /r/ productions in face-to-face and teletherapy platforms, Research Spotlight, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.

Thomas, K., Lyndes, K., & Jackson, K*., (2021) The perception of religious coping and health related quality of life in the case of an ALS caregiver during COVID-19. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2021.07.438

Arnold, A**., Coronado, D**., Soderstrom, K**., Szabo, A**., & Thomas, K. (2020). Semantic feature analysis effectiveness in two adults with Broca’s aphasia and anomia [Poster session canceled due to Covid-19]. 83rd Annual Spring Convention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Indianapolis, IN.  

Thomas, K.E., & Layman, A. (2020). The SLP and the Multidisciplinary Concussion Team: Return to Learn, Return to Play, and Management Procedures. Indiana Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Annual Convention: Indianapolis, Indiana

Wittenberg, S*., & Jackson, K.*, Escobedo, B*., Gillig, M*., Stickell, M*., Lowery, M*., Hannon, S.,Thomas, K.  (2020). Concussion-Like Symptoms Reported in Female Collegiate Non-Concussed Non-Athletes Analyzed by Major. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 101(11), e86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2020.09.259

Thomas, K., & Layman, A. (2019). Physical exertion and cognitive task performance among asymptomatic concussed athletes for RTP: A case series. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 100(12), e192. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2019.10.092

Anders, D., Nagele, D., Jackson, A., Kolakowsky-Hayner, S., Schwertfeger, J., Thomas, K., Walkman, W. (2019) Certified Brain Injury Certification Course. Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists. Speaker for brain injury specialist training. American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference: Chicago, Illinois

Thomas, K. E., Lamb, K., Gorham-Rowan, M., Hannibal, R., Youngs, W.  (2019) Acute concussion symptoms and symptom correlations of male and female high school soccer players. American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference: Chicago, Illinois

Thomas, K.E., & Layman, A. (2019). Multidisciplinary sport concussion team management and the role of the SLP. Indiana Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Annual Convention: Indianapolis, Indiana

Thomas, K. E. (2008) Educational issues for students with acquired brain injury. Online CEUS.com. 

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

Thomas, K. E. (2008) Educational reintegration for students with ABI: A step-by-step process. National Brain Injury Association: Williamsburg, Virginia

Thomas, K.E. (2006) A return to school plan for students with an acquired brain injury. Brain Injury Conference of the Americas: Miami, Florida