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Laura Cizek, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

Cizek

Clinical Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
Phone: (713) 743-2683
Email: lscizek@central.uh.edu
Office: Melcher Life Sciences M243E
Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Cizek is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston. She supervises graduate students in the University Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic, a training facility of COMD. She coordinates speech and hearing screenings in the community and leads the clinical team that serves adults who want to change how they speak. She teaches the capstone course, Clinical Procedures, to undergraduate and post-baccalaureate leveling students and, depending on the semester, she also teaches Phonetics and Speech Development and Disorders courses.

Education

  • Ed.D. Professional Leadership - Special Populations, University of Houston
  • M.A. Speech Pathology, University of Houston
  • B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Texas

Teaching

  • Clinical Practicum (COMD 7391)
  • Clinical Procedures (COMD 4489)
  • Speech Development and Disorders (COMD 3371)
  • Phonetics (COMD 2338)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Cizek helps individuals to change their pronunciation. Through the supervision of graduate student clinicians, individuals who seek help learn to speak differently. Most often, adult English language learners attend accent modification sessions to improve their spoken language and presentation skills.

Clinical Activities/Accomplishments

  • Dr. Cizek earned a doctorate that focused on accent modification and is certified in Pronunciation of English as a Second Language (PESL). She provides graduate student clinicians opportunities to work with individuals seeking to change their pronunciation.
  • As a clinical team leader and clinical educator for graduate student clinicians, Dr. Cizek is active in the leadership of the University Speech-Language-Clinic: A United Way agency. 
  • Dr. Cizek obtains and organizes observations of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in the clinic and the greater Houston area. Each year the undergraduate seniors and post-baccalaureate leveling students accrue over 1000 observation hours as a result of her coordination. 
  • Dr. Cizek is the speech and hearing screening coordinator for the clinic and Houston communities. She trains, supervises, and documents graduate student clinicians who provide about 100 speech screenings and about 4000 hearing screenings annually.  
  • As the Cougar Communication Group (CCG) Director from 2009-2016, Dr. Cizek coordinated the highest numbers of clients, clinical educators, and graduate student clinicians in the group therapy summer program. The structure of the CCG program has remained as the primary training in group therapy for clinic externs.

Professional Activities

  • Advocate for professionals who seek to refine their spoken English using speech-language pathology techniques.
  • Facilitator of creative and collaborative learning experiences for college students with a focus on the application of research and theories in quality clinical practice.
  • Member of SIGs 10, 11, 17:  Issues in Higher Education, Administration and Supervision, and Global Issues in Communication Science and Related Disorders.

Honors

  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award, University of Houston, 2002