Education

PhD, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa.
MA, Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
BS, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa.


Research

  • Mandak, K., “The Effects of an Online Training on Pre-service SLPs’ Use of Relational Skills and Family-centered Behaviors,” grant funded by The Hintz Family Endowment for Children’s Communicative Competence, 2017-2018
  • Mandak, K., “Family-centered services for children with ASD and limited speech: The experiences of parents and speech-language pathologists,” grant funded by The Hintz Family Endowment for Children’s Communicative Competence, 2016-2017

Publications 

  • Mandak, K., Light, J., Brittlebank-Douglas, S., ”Exploration of multimodal alternative AAC access for individuals with severe motor impairments: A proof of concept study,” Assistive Technology, 2021
  • Mandak, K., Light, J., McNaughton, D., “Video visual scene displays with dynamic text: Effect on single-word reading by an adolescent with cerebral palsy,” Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 2020
  • Mandak, K., Light, J., McNaughton, D., “The effects of an online training on pre-service speech-language pathologists’ use of family-centered skills,” American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 2020
  • Mandak, K., Light, J., McNaughton, D., “Digital books with dynamic text and speech output: Effects on sight word reading for preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder,” Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2019
  • Mandak, K., Light, J., Boyle, S., “The effects of literacy intervention on single-word reading for individuals who use aided AAC: A systematic review,” Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 2019
  • Mandak, K., Light, J.,”Family-centered services for children with complex communication needs: The practices and beliefs of school-based speech-language pathologists,” Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 2018
  • Mandak, K., Light, J., “Family-centered services for children with ASD and limited speech: The experiences of parents and speech-language pathologists,” Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
  • Mandak, K., O’Neill, T., Light, J., Fosco, G.M., “Bridging the gap from values to actions: A family systems framework for family-centered AAC services,” Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 2017

Awards & Recognition

  • Kligman Graduate Fellow, Penn State University, 2017-2018
  • Penn State AAC Leadership Project – Doctoral Training Grant from the Department of Education, 2015-2017
  • REACH for Children Grant, Department of Education, 2011-2012

Professional Memberships

  • American Speech Language Hearing Association

“As a new program, I am most excited about bringing innovation and creativity into our courses and clinical experiences. We have a unique opportunity to think outside the box, and I cannot wait to see how the students learn and grow in response to these efforts.” — Kelsey Mandak

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