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Communication Disorders Staff - Jean Neils-Strunjas

Jean Neils-Strunjas, Ph.D, CCC/SLP

Jean Neils-Strunjas, Ph.D, CCC/SLP

Professor & Department Head, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Office:  Academic Complex 104-C
Phone:  (270) 745-8998

WKU Courses Taught

SLP 599 Thesis Research & Writing (WKU)
SLP 481 Normal Speech & Language Development


Dr. Jean Neils-Strunjas is a tenured professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, researcher, and teacher. Her academic and administrative experience spans the University of Cincinnati and Armstrong State University of the University System of Georgia to her appointment as Department Head at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Neils-Strunjas conducts clinical research with teams across the US in speech-language pathology, rehabilitation, psychology, and neurology. One area of research concentration addresses the cognitive and linguistic impairments that affect adults with acquired neurogenic disorders. She serves on the ASHA joint committee with Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology to discuss the impact of acquired cognitive impairments on communication and to make applications to research and clinical practice. Through her teaching and research, her goal is to provide graduate students with the knowledge, clinical experience, and research background to impact those affected by communication disorders.  She will serve as a Site Reviewer for the CAA (Council on Academic Accreditation) for 2016-2020.


Peer-Reviewed National and International Journals

Sotto, C.D., Redle, E., Bandaranayake, D., Neils-Strunjas, J. & Creaghead, N.A. (2014). Fricatives at 18 Months as a Measure for Predicting Vocabulary and Grammar at 24 and 30 Months. Journal of Communication Disorders, 49, 1-12.

Sacks, S., Flipsen, P., & Neils-Strunjas, J. (2013). Effectiveness of the SATPAC approach to remediate /s, z/: A preliminary study. Perceptual & Motor Skills: Perception, 117(2), 1-19.

Riegler, L., Neils-Strunjas, J., Boyce, S., Wade, S., & Scheifele, P. (2013). Cognitive intervention results in web-based videophone treatment adherence and improved cognitive scores. Medical Science Monitor, 19, 269-275.

Musser, J., Kelchner, L., Neils-Strunjas, J., & Montrose, M. (2011). Patient compliance during 24-Hour dual pH Probe monitoring for extraesophageal reflux. International Scholarly Research Network Journal of Otolaryngology, 2011, Article ID 703936, 7 pages, doi: 10.5402/2011/703936.

Musser, J., Kelchner, L., Neils-Strunjas, J., & Montrose, M. (2011). A comparison of rating scales used in the diagnosis of extraesophageal reflux. Journal of Voice, 25(3), 293-300.

Harnish, S.M., Neils-Strunjas, J., Eliassen, J., Reilly, J., Meinzer, M., Clark, JG, & Joseph, J. (2010). Visual discrimination predicts naming and semantic association accuracy in Alzheimer's disease. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 23(4): 231-239.

Reilly, J., Rodriguez, A., Lamy, M., Wilson, J., & Neils-Strunjas, J. (2010). Cognition, language, and clinical pathological course of non-Alzheimer's dementias: An overview. Journal of Communication Disorders, 43, 438-452.

Other Publications:

Ball, A., Neils-Strunjas, J., & Krival, K. (2015). A longitudinal posthumous study of letter writing in a late elderly case. American Speech and Hearing Association’s Perspectives- SIG 15 (Gerontology).

Neils-Strunjas, J. (Fall, 2011), The use of electronic brain games for cognitive stimulation as an adjunct to Face-to-Face Intervention or as a homework supplement. Communication Lines (A publication of the Georgia Speech- Language- Hearing Association), 29:3, 2-4.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14