With 23 years of experience as an educator and administrator in both general and special education, Dr. Judith Montgomery Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a full professor at Chapman University, where she teaches at the credential and master’s level. Dr. Montgomery has written 12 books, 18 peer-reviewed articles, and over 50 other scholarly publications and currently serves as the Editor in Chief of Communication Disorders Quarterly. In addition to her research, Dr. Montgomery has held the position of president for four national professional organizations that address disabilities studies and two state organizations. She was the president of the 150,000-member American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in 1995, and now serves as Chair of the Scientific and Professional Board of ASHA. In addition, Dr. Montgomery currently serves as the Global Clinical Coordinator for Special Olympics Healthy Hearing Program based in Washington DC; and she has been a fellow of Cambridge University Inclusive Educators Summer Program.
Dr. Silver is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center and a former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Prior to his position at the National Institute of Mental Health he was Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Pediatrics, and Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine. For more than thirty years his primary areas of research, clinical, and teaching interest have focused on the psychological, social, and family impact of a group of related, neurologically-based disorders – Learning Disabilities, Language Disabilities, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He has more than 150 publications, including his popular book,The Misunderstood Child: A Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities now in its Third Edition. He is active with the Learning Disabilities Association of America and is a Past-President of this organization. In 1992 he received this Association’s highest award, The Learning Disability Association Award, for outstanding leadership in the field of Learning Disabilities. In 1996 he received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Berman Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the study and treatment of Learning Disabilities.
Kristin A. Chmela, M.A., CCC-SLP is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Northwestern and a Board Recognized Specialist in Fluency and Fluency Disorders. She is an internationally recognized author, consultant, and lecturer, who serves as clinical supervisor for many universities across the country. She is founder and director of Central Speech and Language Clinic’s Chmela Fluency Center and has served as leader and participant on the Task Force for Fluency Services in the Schools through the Special Interest Division 4 of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. In addition, she provides training and consultation at Centro Medico di Foniatria in Padova, Italy.