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Communication Disorders Staff - Leigh Anne Roden-Carrier

Dr. Leigh Anne Roden-Carrier, Ed.D. CCC-SLP

Dr. Leigh Anne Roden-Carrier, Ed.D. CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office:  Health Services 1053
Phone:  270-745-4683


  • CD 481 - Normal Speech and Language Development
  • CD 405 - Phonetics
  • CD 483 - Speech Sound Disorders
  • CD 484 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • CD 491 - Management of Communication Disorders in the Schools 
  • SLP 572 - Contemporary Issues:  Enhancing School-Based Therapy

Research Interests

School-Based Speech-Language Pathology Services | Clinical Supervision | Phonological Disorders | School-Based Service Delivery for Students with Autism


Leigh Anne Roden-Carrier has been with WKU since 2012 when she began teaching as an adjunct faculty member.  She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Rank I, Director of Special Education Endorsement, Autism Certificate, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership at WKU.  Dr. Roden-Carrier spent the majority of her clinical career as a speech-language pathologist in the school setting.  She has worked part-time in acute care, outpatient rehabilitation services, long-term care, private practice, and birth-three home-based services.  She currently teaches, supervises, and serves as an undergraduate adviser.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe in the philosophy of "learning by teaching:" Hear one, see one, do one, teach one. Learners hear a concept, key word, or explanation of a therapy technique and then see the concept visually represented, the word defined, or the therapy technique demonstrated. Learners may independently illustrate the concept, write a sentence with the word, or perform the technique with a client. After following this sequence, learners then become teachers by sharing their knowledge with others.

My goal is to use real-world experiences to help students learn. Through case studies, videos, interviews, demonstrations, sample documentation, and practice students are given various channels to help with retention of information. I strive to create an environment where students are challenged, yet comfortable, and instilled with the desire to learn as much as they can about the field of speech-language pathology.

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain

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 Last Modified 9/25/14