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

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

Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

klein@lasalle.edu

215.951.1433


Evelyn R. Klein, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL is a full professor at La Salle University in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders where she teaches, supervises, and advises students pursuing degrees in speech-language pathology. She holds professional licensures as a speech-language pathologist and psychologist. Bridging the two disciplines, her post-doctoral training is in clinical neuropsychology from Drexel University. Dr. Klein holds Supervisory Certification in Special Education from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Board-Certification as a Specialist in Child Language from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) where she became an ASHA Fellow in 2009. In 2012 she was awarded the state Clinical Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Klein is a recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award and the Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Award from La Salle University. At La Salle University, she has been instrumental in co-developing the CASTLE Center (Comprehensive Assessments with Speech Technology for Language Expansion) in connection with the speech-language community clinic.

As a practicing clinician, Dr. Klein continues to assess and treat children, teens, and adults in private practice. Her areas of specialization include selective mutism, autism spectrum disorders, language-learning disabilities, acquired language disorders, stuttering, and counseling for communication disorders. Active in research, Dr. Klein mentors undergraduate and graduate students, presenting at annual conventions, regionally and nationally. Dr. Klein is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored textbooks and treatment manuals including EXPRESS (Expanding Receptive and Expressive Skills through Stories): Language Formulation for Children with Selective Mutism and Other Communication Needs; More Than Fluency: The Social, Emotional, & Cognitive Dimensions of Stuttering; Acquired Language Disorders: A Case-Based Approach (3rd edition); Hear It! Say It! Learn It!, and others. She is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the national Selective Mutism Association.

Areas of Expertise

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

Education

Doctor of Philosophy – Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Educational Psychology

Master of Arts – The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
Speech-Language Pathology

Bachelor of Science – Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Speech Pathology and Audiology

Post-Doctoral Education

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Clinical Neuropsychology – Post-doctoral Fellowship
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
In affiliation with Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital
(formerly with Jefferson University Hospital)

Supervisor of Special Education
Cheyney University, Cheyney, PA

Certifications

Board Certified Specialist – Child Language
American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Certificate in Clinical Neuropsychology – Post-doctoral Fellowship
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA In affiliation with Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital (formerly with Jefferson University Hospital)

Pennsylvania Supervisory Certification in Special Education
Cheyney University, Cheyney, PA

Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech/Language Pathology
from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Pennsylvania Teacher Certification for Teacher of Speech-Language Impaired

Teaching

  • COSD 102: Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • COSD 512: Language Disorders in Young Children
  • COSD 513: Acquired Language Disorders
  • COSD 514: Language Learning Disabilities in School-Age Children and Adolescents
  • COSD 516: Clinical Practicum and Procedures
  • COSD 518: Research Theory and Design in Communication Disorders
  • COSD 528: Counseling in Communication Disorders
  • COSD 614: Clinical Diagnostics in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • COSD 616: Advanced Clinical Practicum and Case Study
  • COSD 618: Communication and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • COSD 635: Integrative Capstone in Communication Disorders
  • Advisor to approximately 25 undergraduate and graduate SLHS students each semester

Publications

Books

Klein, E. R., & Mancinelli, J.  M. (2021).  Acquired language disorders: A case-based approach (3rd ed.).  San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1635500974

Amster, B. J., & Klein, E. R. (Eds.). (2018). More than fluency: The social, emotional, and cognitive  dimensions of stuttering. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1597569958

Klein, E. R., Armstrong, S. L., Gordon, J., Kennedy, D. S., Satko, C. G., & Shipon-Blum, E. (2018). EXPRESS – Expanding receptive and expressive skills through stories: A story-based program for expanding language formulation in children with selective mutism and other communication needs. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1635500509 

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

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

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

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

Klein, E., & Hahn, S. (1999). Focus on transition: Increasing independence. Austin, TX: ProEd, Inc.

Hahn, S., & Klein, E. (1989). Focus on function: Retraining for the communicatively impaired. Austin, TX: ProEd, Inc.

Chapters

Klein, E. R., & Amster, B. J. (2018). Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for people who stutter. In Barbara J. Amster and Evelyn R. Klein (Eds.). More than fluency: The social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions of stuttering. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.

Amster, B. J., & Klein, E. R. (2018) The impact of perfectionism on stuttering. In Barbara J. Amster and Evelyn R. Klein (Eds.). More than fluency: The social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions of stuttering. 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.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Klein, E. R., Ruiz, C. E., Morales, K., & Paige, S. (2019). Variations in parent and teacher ratings of internalizing, externalizing, adaptive skills, and behavioral symptoms in children with selective mutism. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, 4070;

Special issue on mental health and emotional well-being. doi:10.3390/ijerph16214070 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6862511/pdf/ijerph-16-04070.pdf

Ruiz, C. E., & Klein, E. R. (2018, Dec.).  Surface Electromyography to Identify Laryngeal Tension in Selective Mutism: Could this be the Missing Link? Biomed J Sci & Tech Res 12(2)-2018. BJSTR. MS.ID.002222. DOI: 10.26717/ BJSTR.2018.12.002222. https://biomedres.us/pdfs/BJSTR.MS.ID.002222.pdf

Klein, E. R., Littlefield, L. M., & Cross, N. (2018). Association memory test (2nd edition).  Online Psychology Laboratory. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
https://opl.apa.org/experiments/index.html?#/Experiments

Klein, E. R. (2017). Test review of Stuttering Severity Instrument. In J. F. Carlson, K. F. Geisinger, & J. L. Jonson (Eds.), The twentieth mental measurements yearbook. Lincoln, NE:
Buros Center for Testing.

Klein, E. R., Armstrong, S. L., Skira, K., & Gordon, J. (2017). Social communication anxiety treatment (S-CAT) for children and families with selective mutism: A pilot study. Clinical
Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 22
(1), 90-108. Doi: 10.1177/1359104516633497 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26940121/

Klein, E. R. & Armstrong, S. L. (2016). Speech-language therapy and selective mutism. Selective Mutism Association. Retrieved from https://www.selectivemutism.org/online-library/speech-and-language-issues/

Klein, E. R. & Basketbill, I. L. (2015). Staying ahead of the Autism Spectrum Disorders game:  Communication transitions. Annual Foundations Behavioral Health. Philadelphia, PA: La Salle University Digital Commons. Retrieved from: https://digitalcommons.lasalle.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1040&context=asd

Klein, E. R., Littlefield, L. M., & Cross, N. (2014). Association memory test. Online Psychology Laboratory. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Retrieved from: http://opl.apa.org/Experiments/About/AboutAMT.aspx http://opl.apa.org/Students/ParticipateInClass.aspx?EID=32

Ruiz, C., & Klein, E. R. (2014). The effects of anxiety on voice production: A retrospective case report of selective mutism. Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Journal, 4, 19-26. https://www.psha.org/about-psha/pdf/PSHAJournal-2013.pdf#page=19

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. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1525740112455053

Klein, E. R. & Armstrong, S. L. (2012). Speech-language therapy and selective mutism. Selective Mutism Group ~ Childhood Anxiety Network. Retrieved from
http://www.selectivemutism.org/resources/library/index_html/speech-and-language-issues/

Littlefield, L. M., Klein, E. R., & Coates, S. (2012). An experimental evaluation of the effects of using training sentences to aide young children’s word recall. Effective Education, 4(1).
doi: 10.1080/194155322012.712840 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19415532.2012.712840. Quinn, R., Shipon-Blum, E., & Klein, E. R. (2012). Selective Mutism: SLPs help kids find their voice. Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists, 22. 8-11.

Klein, E. R. Armstrong, S. L. (2012). Speech-language therapy and selective mutism. Selective Mutism Group~Childhood Anxiety Network. Retrieved from https://www.selectivemutism.org/online-library/speech-and-language-issues/

Klein, E. R. (2011). Thinking about expressive language in children with selective mutism. The SMG Communicator.

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.

Klein, E. R. (2005). Effective communication with patients. The Pennsylvania Nurse, 60(4), 14-15.

Klein, E. R., & Kushner, R. (2005). The Laboratory for Student Success Five-Year Report on Project 1-B-4: The Early Childhood Inclusion Support Program.
Available from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory at Temple University, Ritter Annex, Philadelphia, PA 19121.

Klein, E. R., Soule, K.V., & Wertz, J. A. (2005, February 14). Acquisition of logographics and the relationship to learning sounds of letters. SpeechPathology.com Retrieved February
10, 2008, from http://www.speechpathology.com/articles/pf_arc_disp.asp?id=73

Littlefield, L. M., & Klein, E. R. (2005). Examining visual-verbal associations in children with and without reading disorder. Reading Psychology, 26, 363-385.

Gerber, A., & Klein, E. R. (2004). A speech-language approach to early reading success. Teaching Exceptional Children, 36 (6), 8-14.

Klein, E. R., & Amster, B. J. (2004). The effects of cognitive behavioral therapy with people who stutter. In A. Packmann, A. Meltzer, & H. Peters (Eds.), Proceedings of the Fourth World Congress of Fluency Disorders. Theory, research, and fluency disorders (pp. 154-160). Nijmegen, Netherlands: Nijmegen University Press.

Klein, E. R. (2003). Learning Out of the Box: The Early Learning Program. [Videotape]. Philadelphia, PA:  B. Howard Mann Productions.

Klein, E. R., Geiss, D., & Kushner, R. (2003). The early childhood inclusion support program: Incorporating discrete skills into comprehensive units for learning. East Lansing, MI:
National Center for Research on Teacher Learning. (ERIC No. ED477634)

Hammrich, P. L., & Klein, E. R. (2002). An interim evaluation report: Head start on science and communication. East Lansing, MI: National Center for Research on Teacher Learning. (ERIC No. ED464815)

Klein, E. R., & Bloom, S. F. (2002). School reform programs: Reforming educators’ willingness to use them [Monograph]. Laboratory for Student Success, Publication Series No. 1. Philadelphia, PA: Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Lab.

Klein, E. R., & Hammrich, P. L. (2000). Language development and science inquiry: The head start on science and communication program. Early Childhood Research and Practice, 2(2). Retrieved February 10, 2008 from http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v2n2/klein.html

Klein, E., Hammrich, P., Bloom, S., & Ragins, A. (2000). Language development and science inquiry: A child-initiated and teacher-facilitated program [Monograph]. Laboratory for
Student Success Publication Series, No. 2.
Philadelphia, PA: Mid-Atlantic Educational Lab.

Klein, E., & Stull, J. (2000). Efficacy of the multidisciplinary evaluation for preschoolers with suspected developmental delays. East Lansing, MI: National Center for Research on Teacher Learning. (ERIC No. ED441035)

Media

Klein, E. R. (Host and Producer). (2017, March 31). Snapshots: Project: Transition Planning for Autism [Television broadcast]. Philadelphia, PA: La Salle Broadcasting.

Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologist (Producer). (2012, June 27). Selective mutism: Pennsylvania center supports emotional and speech needs of
children with SM.
Podcast retrieved from http://speech-language-pathology-audiology.advanceweb.com/Multimedia/Videos/Selective-Mutism.aspx

Education News (Producer).(2009, June 15). An interview with Evelyn Klein and Jenny Roberts about the new Hear It, Say It, Learn It Program. (Interview transcript). Retrieved from EdNews: Commentaries and reports. Web site: http://ednews.org/articles/an-interview-with-evelyn-klein-and-jenny-roberts-about-the-new-hear-
it-say-it-learn-it-program-published-by-super-duper-inc.html

Klein, E. R., Roberts, J., & Gerber, A. (2009). Program helps students become aware of speech sounds: (Interview transcript). Retrieved from SpeechPathology.com. Web site:
http://www.speechpathology.com/interview/interview_detail.asp?interview_id=1150 

Other Scholarly Works and Publications

Klein, E. R. & Armstrong, S. L. (2016). Speech-language therapy and selective mutism. Selective Mutism Association. Retrieved from https://www.selectivemutism.org/online-library/speech-and-language-issues/

Klein, E. R. (2014, February). Connections between speech-language and selective mutism. SMG Connection Cultivation Email. Website: http://selectivemutism.org

Klein, E. R. (2012, Winter). Article review: Can adults who have recovered from selective mutism in childhood and adolescence tell us anything about the nature of the condition and/or recovery from it? Selective Mutism Group ~ Childhood Anxiety Network Newsletter.

Original article source:

Omdal, H. (2007). Can adults who have recovered from selective mutism in childhood and adolescence tell us anything about the nature of the condition and/or recovery from it?
European Journal of Special Needs Education, 22(3), 237-253.

Klein, E. R. (2011, Summer). Article review: Behavior observations for linking assessment to treatment for selective mutism. Selective Mutism Group ~ Childhood Anxiety Network
Newsletter.  
Original article source: Shriver, M. D., Segool, N., & Gortmaker, V. (2011). Behavior observations for linking assessment to treatment for selective mutism.
Education and Treatment of Children, 34(3), 389-411.

Amster, B. J., & Klein, E. R. (2008). Perfectionism and stuttering: Is there a connection? Invited Paper, International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference.
http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/isad11/papers/amster11.html

Scholarly Reviews

Editorial Reviewer

2020 – Present                   Reviewer for Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry

2016 – Present                   Reviewer for Journal of Fluency Disorders

2015 – Present                  Reviewer for BUROS Mental Measurements Yearbook

2012 – Present                   Reviewer for Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CICSD)

2011 – Present                   Reviewer for Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP).

Book and Journal Reviewer

Shorer, M. & Apter, A.  (2020). The integrated behavioral treatment for children with selective mutism: Treatment efficacy and predictors of treatment outcomes. ISF Research Grant Review.

Papathanasious, I. (2013). Aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning

Richard, G.L. (2011). The source for selective mutism. East Moline, IL: LinguiSystems, Inc.

Dissertation

Klein, E. (1991). An exploratory study of questioning ability in young children. (Doctoral dissertation, Temple University). Dissertation Abstracts International, (UMI No. 64793)

Presentations

Klein, E. R. & Ruiz, C. E. (2020, Jan.) Working with selective mutism: The speech-language pathologist’s role. Invited speakers at Xavier University. Chicago, IL.

Klein, E. R., & Ruiz, C. E. (2019). Working with Selective Mutism: The SLP’s Role [On Demand Webinar].   American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. https://www.asha.org/eWeb/OLSDynamicPage.aspx?Webcode=olsdetails&title=Working+with+Selective+Mutism%3A+The+SLP%E2%80%99s+Role+(On+Demand+Webinar)

Ruiz, C. E. & Klein, E. R. (2019, Nov.) Using surface electromyography to assess vocal tension in children with selective mutism. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Orlando, FL.

Crossley, E., Rafferty, M., Husak, R. Kleinow, J., Klein, E., & Hayes, K. (2019, Nov.) Could SLPs make a bigger impact in writing skills when working with people with aphasia? Poster presented at American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Orlando, FL.

Ruiz, C. E., & Klein, E. R. (2019, Oct.). Anxiety and voice: What professionals and parents of children with selective mutism need to know. Selective Mutism Association. Las Vegas, NV.

Klein, E. R., & Ruiz, C. E. (2019, Sept.). Working with selective mutism: The SLP’s role. Webinar 19114, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Ruiz, C. E., & Klein, E. R. (2019). Getting started in assessment and treatment planning for children with selective mutism. Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Lancaster, PA.

Armstrong, S. L., Gordon, J., Kennedy, D. S., Klein, E. R., Satko, C. G. (2019). How can SLPs help enhance communication skills in selective mutism? Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Lancaster, PA.

Klein, E. R., Armstrong, S. L., Gordon, J., Kennedy, D. S., & Satko, C. G. (2018), Selective mutism: What can EXPRESS do for these kids? American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Boston, MA.

Amster, B. J., Klein, E. K., Kleinow, J., Boyle, M., Mancinelli, J., Beilby, J., . . . Coleman, C. (2018). Addressing social, emotional, & cognitive issues in people who stutter. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Boston, MA.

Brough, H., Grasmeder, J., & Klein, E. R. (2018). Factors influencing clinical self-efficacy in speech-language pathology graduate students. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Boston, MA.

Klein, E. R. (2018, May). Assessing communication skills: Speech and language. Presented at the Selective Mutism Training Institute. American University, Washington, DC

Klein, E. R. (2018, May). New Treatment for expanding receptive-expressive communication skills.  Presented at the Selective Mutism Training Institute. American University, Washington, DC

Klein, E. R. & Armstrong, S. L. (2018, February). Connections: Selective mutism, language ability, EXPRESS, and Social Communication Anxiety Treatment. Presentation at CommuniCamp. Elkins Park, PA.

Annunziato, A., Kitchell, M., & Klein, E. R. (2017, November). Graduate students’ perceptions of simulation-based learning in speech-language pathology. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Los Angeles, CA.

Hong, L., Feinberg, L., Furr, J., Tenenbaum, R., & Klein, E. (2017, October). Novel approaches to the assessment of children with selective mutism. Selective Mutism Association Annual Conference. Boston, MA.

Klein, E. R. (2017, August). Experiential Learning.  Workshop presented at the opening faculty development training conference. School of Nursing & Health Sciences at La Salle University. Philadelphia, PA.

Armstrong, S., L., Klein, E.R., Ruiz, C. E., & Spillman-Kennedy, D. (2017, April). Selective Mutism: Evidence-Based Interventions.  Paper presented at the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Long Branch, NJ.

Klein, E. R., Ruiz, C. E., & Armstrong, S. L. (2017, April).  Evaluating and treating children with selective mutism. Downingtown, PA.

Ruiz, C. E., & Klein, E. R. (2017, February). Verbal and vocal assessment of children with selective mutism and considerations for treatment. Distinguished Professors Lectureship at Child Mind Institute. New York, NY.

Klein, E. R., & Basketbill, I. (2016, December). Transition planning: Where do we go from here? La Salle Autism and Developmental Disabilities Education Resources Workshop. Philadelphia, PA.

Thommen, B., Dodds, R., & Klein, E. R. (2016, November). The influence of uptalk and vocal fry on perceptions of the speaker. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Philadelphia, PA.

Klein, E. R. & Woolley, W. (2016, November). Self-initiated speech entrainment for fluency support in people who stutter. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Philadelphia, PA.

Ruiz, C. E., & Klein, E. R. (2016, November). Selective mutism: Assessing vocalization and verbalization for treatment planning. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Philadelphia, PA.

Klein, E.R. & Armstrong, S.L. (2016, October and December). Assessment Practices for Selective Mutism ‘In the School’ Conference. Selective Mutism Anxiety Research and Treatment Center. Philadelphia, PA and Newark, NJ.

Furr, J., Kotrba, A., Hess, E., Klein, E. & Shipon-Blum, E.  (2016, October). Bringing it all together: A panel discussion on four treatment perspectives for a child with selective mutism. Presentation at the Selective Mutism Association Annual Conference. Manhattan Beach, CA.

Klein, E.R. (2016, August). Working collaboratively: Advancing and promoting our disciplines. Presentation at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences Faculty Development. Philadelphia, PA.

Klein, E.R., & Armstrong, S. L. (2016, April). Assessing speech and language in selective mutism. Presentation at SMart Center Selective Mutism ‘In the Schools’ Conference. Cherry Hill, NJ.

Klein, E.R., Ruiz, C.E., & Armstrong, S.L. (2016, April). New methods for assessing verbal abilities and laryngeal tension in children with selective mutism and treatment techniques for vocal control. Presentation at Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Philadelphia, PA.

Klein, E.R. & Armstrong, S.L. (2016, March).  Assessing for speech-language weaknesses in children with selective mutism and innovative speech-language interventions. Selective mutism proficiency program: Expert training workshop presented at Florida International University. Miami, FL.

Klein, E.R., Ruiz, C.E., & Armstrong, S.L. (2016, January). Selective mutism assessment and therapeutic considerations in the schools. Presentation at Delaware County Intermediate Unit in connection with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Morton, PA.

Ruiz, C.E., & Klein, E.R. (2015, October). Vocal control in selective mutism: From vocalizations to verbalizations. Paper presented at the Selective Mutism Group – Childhood Anxiety Network. Philadelphia, PA.

Klein, E.R. & Basketbill, I. (2015, May). Staying ahead of the ASD game: Communication transitions. Paper presented at the Autism Conference: Building Bridges through Self-Advocacy across the Lifespan. Philadelphia, PA.

Mancinelli, J.M., & Klein, E.R. (2014, November). Using the acquired language disorders target model for case study and treatment. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Orlando, FL.

Armstrong, S.L., & Klein, E.R. (2014, November). Variations among children with selective mutism: Increasing awareness for treatment. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Orlando, FL.

Randone, D., Holden, E., Klein, E.R., & Luckhurst, J. (2014, November). Parental decision-making for cochlear implantation. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual              Convention. Orlando, FL.

Ruiz, C., & Klein, E.R. (2014, November). Vocal control in selective mutism: A promising treatment approach. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Orlando, FL.

Armstrong, S.L., & Klein, E.R. (2014, October). Why do we need to pay attention to speech and language abilities in young children with selective mutism? Paper presented at the Selective Mutism Group – Childhood Anxiety Network, Chicago, IL.

Klein, E.R. (2014, April).  Autism Spectrum Disorders: Law & Advocacy.  Presentation at the Annual Autism Conference: Building Bridges for Transitions and Risk Management. Philadelphia, PA.

Klein, E.R. (2014, April). Communication Disorders in Autism. Presentation seminar for EDC233 course. La Salle University. Philadelphia, PA.

Klein, E.R., & Armstrong, S.L. (2013, November).  Social communication anxiety treatment (S-CAT) for children with selective mutism: A research study. Poster presentation at the Selective Mutism Group ~Childhood Anxiety Network Annual Conference, Berkeley, CA.

Lyman, B., Armstrong, S.L., Williams, D., Klein, E.R., Brown, C., Branch, K., & Rouse, C. (2013). A study of stigma in mothers of children with an autism spectrum disorder. Poster presentation at the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.

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 presentation 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 presentation 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 the 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 thePennsylvania 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

Klein, E.R., Robertson, S. & Mount, M. (2011, November). Life skills of the well-rounded clinician: How to handle the stress response. Short course presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.

Klein, E.R., Armstrong, S.L., & Shipon-Blum, E. (2011, October). How to evaluate children’s speech and language when they don’t speak and application to treatment. Paper presented at the Child Mind Institute & Selective Mutism Group Annual Conference, New York, NY.

Klein, E.R., & Fischer, M. (2011, April). Parent and therapist: Treating a child with Asperger’s Syndrome. Paper presented at the 5th Annual Autism Conference at La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA.

Klein, E.R., & Armstrong, S.L. (2011, March). New assessment techniques for language and communication skills in selective mutism. Paper presented at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Klein, E.R., & Amster, B.J. (2010, Nov.) Selective mutism: More than not talking. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Mancinelli, J.M., & Klein, E.R. (2010, Nov.) The target model: Supporting patients with acquired language disorders.  Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Kauffman, H., Hailperin, W., Molden, B., & Klein, E. (2010, Nov.). Yoga: An alternative method in stuttering treatment. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Klein, E.R., & Gordon, J. (2010). Assessing communication in children with selective mutism: Past, present, and future. Paper presented at the Selective Mutism: Beyond the Basics    Conference, Trevose, PA.

Klein, E.R. (2010). Working with autism spectrum disorders. Seminar presented at La Salle University, Green Tree Autism Workshop, Philadelphia, PA.

Grants

Present – Principal Investigator
The Rotko Foundation Grant
Title: Speech-Language Skills in Children with Selective Mutism
This grant supports La Salle University students as they work to better understand selective mutism in children. Assessment practices and methods to further develop pragmatic language skills in children are underway along with dissemination of research.

2014-2018 – Co-Principal Investigator – The Andrew Kukas Training Grant
Established by the Andrew Kukas Foundation to provide training to professionals around the country who are interested in learning about diagnosis and treatment of selective mutism and social anxiety. The first conference was in March, 2016 at Florida International University and second conference was in May, 2018 at American University.

2009-2015 – Principal Investigator
Selective Mutism Research Institute (SMRI) Foundation Grant
Title: The Effects of Social Communication Anxiety Treatment (S-CAT) for Selective Mutism
Experimental study. Children 5 to 12 years diagnosed with selective mutism.
The primary objective was to determine if children with selective mutism receiving the S-CAT Program made significant progress in their social communication at school and in public settings. Outcomes show promise.

Spring 2009 La Salle University Office of Leaves and Grants
Title: Selective Mutism Study
As a result of this award, work on the speech-language assessment project for
children with selective mutism was instituted.

2000-2005 Principal Investigator
Federal Grant # ED-01-R-001 (U.S. Department of Education: Institute of Education Sciences in connection with the Mid-Atlantic Lab at Temple University
Title: Early Childhood Inclusion Support Program: Project 1-B-4

Summer 2003 La Salle University Office of Leaves and Grants
Title: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for People Who Stutter

1998  Co-Principal Investigator (PI: M. Wong)
U.S. Department of Education: Office of Educational Research and
Improvement in connection with the Mid-Atlantic Lab at Temple University
Title: America Reads Training Programs

1998 Co-Principal Investigator
Pennsylvania Department of Education & the Philadelphia Mayor’s
Commission on Literacy
Title: Family Literacy Development

1993-1997 Co-Principal Investigator (PI: J. Farber)
Federal Grant #84-201]. U.S. Dept. of Education Dropout
Prevention Grant for Language Development with School District of Philadelphia.
Title: Maximizing Academic Growth by Improving Communication (MAGIC)

Awards and Honors

2020 Board Certified Specialist in Child Language (BCS-CL) – Current
Awarded from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association following peer-reviewed completion of professional requirements for board certified specialist in child language.

2018 Faculty Distinguished Scholarship Award
La Salle University
This award is given to one professor annually, awarded by the Provost.

2016 LADDER (La Salle Autism and Developmental Disabilities Education and Resources)
Community Connections Service Award for dedication to special needs children and their families.

2012 Pennsylvania Clinical Achievement Award
Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association award for outstanding
clinical service in the profession.

2011 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching
La Salle University
This award is given to one professor annually, nominated by faculty and students.

2009 ASHA Fellow
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The Fellow Award is retained for life and is one of the highest honors of ASHA. It recognizes professional or scientific achievement and is given after a peer-review process to a member who has shown outstanding contributions to the profession. http://www.asha.org/about/awards/alpha-fellow.htm

2009 Leaves & Grants Committee – Research Leave
Leave awarded for Spring 2009 semester to conduct research on communication and selective mutism in children.

2002 Diamond Award for Service to Community Families
Center for Research in Human Development and Education at
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Licensure

Current  Licensed Psychologist (Pennsylvania – PS007603L)

Current  Licensed Speech/Language Pathologist (Pennsylvania – SL000184L)

Professional Activities

2017-Present                      American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Continuing Education Content Consultant

2017-Present                      CASTLE Program – Co-founder of the Comprehensive Assessment with Speech Technology for Language Expansion Program at La Salle University

2016-Present                      Selective Mutism Association – Scientific Advisory Board Member

2012-Present                      American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Topic expert on selective mutism providing guidance & advocacy to ASHA

2011-2014                            National Selective Mutism Group – Childhood Anxiety Network (SMG-CAN) Board of Directors

2011-2014                            Selective Mutism Group ~ Childhood Anxiety Network Newsletter Editor

2011-Present                      Selective Mutism Group – Childhood Anxiety Network Pennsylvania State Coordinator

2002-Present                      Speech-Language-Hearing Science Program at La Salle University Advisory Board Member

2004-2005                            International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors

University Service

La Salle University Committee Memberships

Present                                    Academic Affairs Committee

Present                                    Task Force Member – Project Compass Initiative #720 – Post Tenure Course Release

2018-2020                            Tenure and Promotion Appeals Committee

2017-2018                            CORE Curriculum Committee for Undergraduate Education

2015-2018                            Institutional Review Board (IRB) Member and Child Rights Advocate

2012-2015                            Judicial Board Faculty Member

2009-2012                            Tenure and Promotion Committee – Voting Member

2011                                          Committee for Distinguished Faculty Award

2009                                          Ad Hoc Committee of the Academic and Faculty Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate: Third Year Review Policy

2008                                          Ad Hoc Committee – LADDER (La Salle Autism & Developmental Disabilities Education & Resources)

2006-2008                            Student Media Committee (formerly – Student Press Committee)

2005-2006                            Coordinator – Speech-Language-Hearing Science Student-Faculty Research
2005-2006                            Ad Hoc Committee on Intellectual Property

2005                                          Workshop coordinator for the nationally recognized PROMPT Institute at La Salle University (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) (Prompt Workshop – 8/1205-8/14/05)

2003-2005                            Student Affairs Committee – Special Task Force Committee for Self-Assessment of Career Services  and Special Task Force Committee
on Greek Expansion at La Salle University

2002-2004                            Admission Review Committee

2001-2004                            Chair – Search Committee for new faculty within the Speech-Language-Hearing Science Programs at La Salle University

School of Nursing and Health Sciences:

2009-2012                            School of Nursing & Health Sciences Academic Development Committee

2009-2012                            School of Nursing & Health Sciences – Ad-Hoc Committee for 3-Year Tenure Review

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders:

2013-2019                            Chair – Faculty Search Committee for Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department at La Salle University

2001-Present                      CSD Curriculum Committee

2001-Present                      CSD Admissions Committee

2001-Present                      Academic Advisor to undergraduate and graduate students in CSD

2010                                          Chair – Search Committee for Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic Director

Student Dissertation Committees

Pantone, Maura (August, 2017). Selective mutism and professionals’ and parents’ perceptions of the childhood disorder. (Committee member). La Salle University.

Linda Kudla (May, 2017) – Predictors of Parent Implementation of Homework within a Treatment Program for Children with Selective Mutism. (Committee member). La Salle University.

Rouse, Christina (May, 2014). Examining the real-life problem-solving and decision-making abilities of adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. (Committee member). La Salle University.

Lyman, Brittany (May, 2013). The experience of parental stigma in mothers of children with an autism spectrum disorder. (Committee member). La Salle University.

Hernandez, Phillip (April, 2008). School-based speech-language pathologists’ reflections on their diagnostic practices with Latino students. (Committee member). Arcadia University. [Previous master’s degree alum at La Salle University.]

Professional Associations

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA)
  • Selective Mutism Association (SMA)– Scientific Advisory Board
  • Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA)
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)