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Karen Harris Brown

Karen Harris Brown, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Phone: 678-839-6171 | Fax: 678-839-6162

Email:  khbrown@westga.edu

Office: Education Annex 224


Karen Harris Brown, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is associate professor and director of Communication Sciences and Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology programs in the Department of Clinical and Professional Studies at the University of West Georgia. She teaches courses in speech-language pathology, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), and general education courses focused on issues related to cultural and linguistic diversity. Dr. Brown has developed and taught courses in special education as well. Her presentations before K-12 administrators, teachers, speech-language pathologists, and other related services providers focus on issues related to culturally responsive practice. Her research focuses on efficacy and assessment practices of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) when assessing the language skills of English learners (ELs).

Dr. Brown has 21 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist and has worked with individuals across the lifespan in a variety of school-based and clinical settings. She maintains a speech-language pathology license by the Georgia Board of Examiners as well as S-7 certification and an ESOL endorsement by the Georgia PSC. Additionally, Dr. Brown holds the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).


  • Ph.D., Special Education, University of South Florida,
  • M.S., Speech Language Pathology, Nova Southeastern University,
  • B.S., Speech Communication and Psychology, University of Miami,

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • SLPA-4721 (Intro Neurological Comm Dsrdrs)    
    • SLPA-4722 (MltiCultrl & Commun Disorders)    
    • SLPA-6701 (Stuttering:Theory & Research)    
    • SLPA-6741 (Eval/Treatment of Dysphagia)    
  • Summer 2013 Sections
    • SLPA-6701 (Stuttering:Theory & Research) Section: 01D
  • Spring 2013 Sections
    • SLPA-4721 (Intro Neurological Comm Dsrdrs) Section: 01
    • SLPA-4722 (MltiCultrl & Commun Disorders) Section: 01
    • SLPA-6741 (Eval/Treatment of Dysphagia) Section: 01

Selected Publications

  • Brown, K. H., Heggs, A., & Millican, K. (in press). Project using iPads in clinical supervision. ASHA SIG 14 Perspectives.
  • Brown, K. H. (in press). Beating the odds, Jumping through hurdles. In Grantham, T., Frazier Trotman Scott, M., & Harmon, D. (Eds.). Desegregated schools, segregated minds.
  • Alvarez-McHatton, P., Smith, M. D., Brown, K. H. , & Curtis, J. (under review). “First do no harm”: Purposeful preparation of culturally competent educators.
  • Brown, K. H. (in press). Jumping Hurdles, Beating the Odds. In Grantham, T., Frazier Trotman Scott, M.,& Harmon, D. (Eds.). Desegregated schools, segregated minds
  • Packard, A. L., Hazelkorn, M., Harris, K. P., & McLeod, R. (2011, Fall). Academic achievement of secondary students with learning disabilities in cotaught and resource rooms. Journal of Research in Education, 21(2), 81-98.
  • Harris, K. P. (2011). The state of school-based speech-Language pathology in teacher education: Guess who’s coming to dinner? In Thomas, U. (Ed.), Culture or chaos in the village: The journey to cultural fluency (pp.79-85). Lanham, Md: Roman and Littlefi
  • Harris, K. P. (2010, Summer) Speech-language pathologists’ perceived supports and barriers to assess the language skills of K-12 students who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Echo 5(1), 14-20.

Professional Interests

Providing professional development to speech-language pathologists and teachers who work with P-12 students who are English language learners, and helping to create social justice.

Personal Interests

Reading, international travel