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Faculty Profile

Evelyn R. Klein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BRS-CL, ASHA FELLOW

Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders


St. Benilde Tower 2202

Dr. Evelyn R. Klein is Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at La Salle and a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist and licensed psychologist with post-doctoral training in neuropsychology. She holds Board Specialty Recognition in Child Language from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and became an ASHA Fellow in 2009. Dr. Klein also holds Supervisory Certification in Special Education from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In 2011 she received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award from La Salle, and in 2012 she was awarded the Pennsylvania Clinical Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Dr. Klein teaches, supervises, and advises undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in speech-language pathology. Her areas of specialization include selective mutism, autism spectrum disorders, language-learning disabilities, acquired language disorders, stuttering, and counseling for communicative disorders. Recent research includes assessment practices and treatment efficacy for selective mutism, working memory and early literacy, and cognitive behavioral therapy as a treatment modality for people who stutter. She is also an editorial reviewer for Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders and the  Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology of APA.

As a practicing clinician, Dr. Klein continues to evaluate and treat children, teens, and adults with communication disorders. Active in research, she is a principal investigator of a grant-funded research program investigating speech and language skills in children with selective mutism. As part of her research agenda, she mentors undergraduate and graduate students, presenting at annual conventions, regionally and nationally. Recent publications include Focus On Function (2nd ed.) and Focus On Transition (two therapeutic programs for individuals with aphasia and cognitive-linguistic deficits),  Hear It, Say It, Learn It (a children’s program for developing language and literacy), and co-author of a best-selling textbook Acquired Language Disorders: A Case-based Approach, in its 2nd edition. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Child language disorders
  • Anxiety and communicative disorders
  • Selective mutism
  • Stuttering
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Acquired language disorders
  • Counseling and communication disorders


  • Post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology – Drexel University in connection with Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital (previously with Jefferson University Hospital)
  • Ph.D.–Educational Psychology, Temple University
  • M.A.–Speech-Language Pathology, The College of New Jersey
  • B.S.–Speech Pathology and Audiology, Pennsylvania State University


  • Licensed Psychologist (Pennsylvania – current)
  • Licensed Speech/Language Pathologist (Pennsylvania - current)
  • Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language (BRS-CL from ASHA)
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • Pennsylvania Supervisory Certification in Special Education
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Clinical Neuropsychology, Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech/Language Pathology from ASHA
  • Pennsylvania School Certification: Teacher of Speech-Language Impaired


  • SLH 102: Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • SLH 513: Acquired Language Disorders
  • SLH 514: Language Learning Disabilities in School-Age Children and Adolescents
  • SLH 516: Clinical Practicum and Procedures
  • SLH 518: Research Design in Communication Disorders
  • SLH 528: Counseling in Communication Disorders
  • SLH 616: Advanced Clinical Practicum and Case Study
  • SLH 618: Communication and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • SLH 635: Integrative Capstone in Communication Disorders


Klein, E.R., Armstrong, S.L., & Shipon-Blum, E. (2013). Assessing spoken language competence in children with selective mutism: Using parents as test presenters. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 34(3)184-195. 

Klein, E.R. & Armstrong, S.L. (2013, April).  Speech-language therapy and selective mutism. 
Selective Mutism Group~Childhood Anxiety Network. Retrieved from

Littlefield, L.M., & Klein, E.R. (2012). An experimental evaluation of the effects of using training sentences to aide young children’s word recall. Effective Education, 4(1).

Klein, E.R., & Amster, B.J. (2010). Does a graduate course in fluency disorders make a difference? Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, 20, 10-14.

Amster, B. J., & Klein, E.R.  (2008). Perfectionism in people who stutter: Preliminary findings using a modified cognitive-behavioral treatment approach. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 36, 35-40.

Amster, B. J., & Klein, E.R.  (2007). The role of perfectionism in stuttering: A follow-up study. In J. Au-Yeung & M. M. Leahy (Eds.), New Horizons Proceedings of the Fifth World Congress on Fluency Disorders. Research, treatment, and self-help In fluency disorders (pp. 361-367). Dublin, Ireland: The International Fluency Association.

Klein, E.R., Gerber, A., & Roberts, J. (2006). A speech-language approach to beginning reading. Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, 13(1), 25-29.


Gerber, A., Klein, E.R., & Roberts, J. (2008). Hear it, Say it, Learn it. Greenville, SC: Super Duper Publications.

Klein, E.R., & Mancinelli, J. (2010). Acquired language disorders: A case-based approach. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.

Klein, E., & Hahn, S. (2007). Focus on function II: Gaining essential communication skills (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: ProEd, Inc.

Mancinelli, J, & Klein, E.R. (2014). Acquired language disorders: A case-based approach (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.

Roberts, J.A., Scott, K.A., & Klein, E.R. (2010). New directions in fostering early literacy development.  In Michael Shaughnessy (Ed.), Reading in 2010:  A comprehensive review of a changing field. (Chp. 3). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Presentations (2011-2013)

Klein, E.R., Armstrong, S.L., Spillman-Kennedy, D., Kushner, R., Gordon, J., & Gerber, C.(2013, April). Innovative methods for assessing and promoting social communication in children with selective mutism. Paper presentation at the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Long Branch, NJ.

Klein, E.R. & Amster, B.A. (2013, April). Adapting a modified cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program for children who stutter. Paper presentation at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Harrisburg, PA.

Klein, E.R. & Armstrong, S.L. (2012, November). How to assess speech-language in children
with selective mutism.
Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention: Atlanta, GA.

Klein, E.R., Armstrong, S.L., Shipon-Blum, E., Gordon, J., Skira, K., & Lyman, B. (2012, October). Cognitive, psychological, and linguistic features of children with selective mutism. Paper presented at the Selective Mutism Group~Childhood Anxiety Network Annual Conference: Orlando, FL.    

Klein, E.R., & Amster, B.J. (2012, July). Comparing and contrasting stuttering and selective mutism to inform practice. Poster presented at 7th World Congress on Fluency Disorders: Tours, France.

Klein, E.R., Armstrong, S.L., & Shipon-Blum, E. (2012, April). Investigating subtypes in selective mutism. Poster presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Annual Convention: Arlington, VA.

Klein, E., Armstrong, S., Spillman-Kennedy, D., Kushner, R., Gordon, J., & Gerber, C. (2012, March). New methods to test and treat children with selective mutism. Paper presented at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association: Lancaster, PA           

Rose, J., Kasper, J., & Klein, E. (2012, March). Measuring pre-literacy skills in preschoolers with speech sound disorders. Poster presented at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention: Lancaster, PA.               

Klein, E.R. (2012, January). The stress response and counseling techniques to help reduce it. Symposium presented at La Salle University SONHS Faculty Development Day. La Salle University: Philadelphia, PA.

External Professional Activities

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Topic expert on selective mutism providing guidance & advocacy to ASHA

Selective Mutism Group – Childhood Anxiety Network (SMG-CAN)
Board of Directors, Newsletter Editor, PA State Coordinator

Honors, Awards

Pennsylvania Clinical Achievement Award, Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, a Salle University

ASHA Fellow, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Grant Award - Principle Investigator                 
The Effects of Social Communication Anxiety Treatment on Children with Selective Mutism and Assessing Speech-Language Skills in Children with Selective Mutism

2004 – 2015               
Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language (BRS-CL), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association