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Amber Thiessen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

Dr. Thiessen received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to completing her Ph.D., she worked as a speech-language pathologist with adults with acquired neurological disorders. Her research focuses on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for adults with acquired neurological disorders. Dr. Thiessen teaches graduate courses in cognitive disorders and augmentative and alternative communication.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • B.S., University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

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Teaching

Acquired Cognitive Disorders (COMD 6328)

This course provides students with an overview of cognition with emphasis on evaluation and treatment of the cognitive communication disorders associated with traumatic brain injury, right hemisphere stroke, and dementia.

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Research Interests

Dr. Thiessen’s research focuses on creating effective augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) displays for adults with acquired brain injuries and other neurological conditions and improving treatment outcomes through communication partner/facilitator training. Her current research projects focus on measuring the visual attention patterns of adults with traumatic brain injury and aphasia when viewing grids and visual scene images.

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Selected Publications

  • Thiessen, A., & Beukelman, D. (2013). Training communication partners of adults who rely on AAC: Co-construction of meaning. Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 22(1), 16-20.

  • Dietz, A., Thiessen, A., Griffith, J., Peterson, A., Sawyer, E., & McKelvey, M. (2013). The renegotiation of social roles in chronic aphasia: Finding a voice through AAC. Aphasiology, 27(3), 309-325.

  • Beukelman, D., Schrunk, A., Thiessen, A., Fager, S., & Ullman, C. (2012). Vocabulary associated with medical procedures. Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 22, 79-123.

  • Quinn, E., Beukelman, D., & Thiessen, A. (2011). Remote instruction of potential AAC support personnel. Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 20, 97-101.

  • Thiessen, A., Horn, C., Beukelman, D., & Wallace, S. E. (2011). Learning motivation of adults involved in AAC intervention. Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 20, 69-74.

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Professional Activities

  • ASHA Division 2 - Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders
  • ASHA Division 12 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication

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Affiliations and Links

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