School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Janis Lorman, M.A.


Janis Lorman, M.A.

Title: Visiting Instructor
Department: Speech-Lang Path and Audiology
Phone: 330-972-2120
Email: lorman@uakron.edu


Biography

Professional Experience:

Visiting Instructor – The University of Akron (Fall 2012 – present)
Responsibilities include:

  • Same responsibilities as below.
  • In addition, teach a graduate Acquired Brain Injury class emphasizing cognitive-communicative problems and pragmatic interventions and community re-integration.
  • Continue to teach distance learning courses in Neuroscience and in Anatomy & Physiology.
  • Provide cognitive-communicative services to the Community Clubhouse for TBI Survivors.

Senior Lecturer – The University of Akron  (Spring 2002 – 2012)

Responsibilities include:

  • Same responsibilities as below.
  • In addition, teach a graduate Neurogenics course that includes aphasia, non-dominant hemisphere communication impairments, dementia, degenerative disorders, and motor speech disorders.
  • Teach a distance learning course for the OMNI program graduate Neuroscience for Summer 2007 to present.

Continuing Lecturer - The University of Akron  (Fall 1991 – Fall 2001)

Responsibilities included:

  • Teaching a graduate level, four-facility, collaborative course in Dysphagia (1989-present).  The unique design of the course involves an adult acute care facility, a rehabilitation hospital, a children’s hospital and the university. The content includes neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, identification, management, and ethics as it pertains to both adults and children.
  • Teaching an undergraduate course and lab in Anatomy & Physiology of Speech, Language, and Hearing (2000-present)
  • Guest lecturer in other classes to teach neuroanatomy and neurophysiology
  • Taught an undergraduate course in Assessment of Speech and Language (1997-99)
  • Maintaining communication and cooperation among the contributing hospitals, physicians and professionals.

Adjunct Professor of Speech Pathology - The University of Akron  (Fall 1989 - Summer 1991)

Responsibilities included:

  • Teaching neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as it pertains to aphasia and head injury.
  • Teaching anatomy and physiology as it pertains to dysphagia.
  • Teaching dysphagia diagnostics and management for the adult population.

Vice President - Interactive Therapeutics, Inc. (1985 - 2008)

Responsibilities included:

  • Executive management of a small direct-mail publishing corporation.
  • Public speaking on various topics of professional, technical and business interest.
  • Project Manager for development of new products.
  • Interview and review new authors and submissions.
  • Provide content editing and revision.
  • Develop and provide prepress format with desktop computer publishing and graphics programs.
  • Interface with graphic artists, design artists and printers.
  • Establishment and maintenance of a 30K plus mailing list.
  • Management of the shipping department.

Speech Pathologist - Summa Health System  (1990 - 1998)

Responsibilities included:

  • Provided dysphagia diagnostic services to both hospital campuses.
  • Provided preceptorship teaching in dysphagia to professionals from other facilities.
  • Provided outpatient and inpatient speech pathology services to both hospital campuses and homebound.
  • Provided audiology services as needed.

Supervisor Communication Disorders - Akron City Hospital (January 1977 - July 1990)

Responsibilities included:

  • Total program development and management in both Speech Pathology and Audiology of a 650 bed acute care teaching hospital with a 15 bed free standing Rehabilitation Unit.
  • Staffing and management of a staff of nine and the operating budget.
  • Development and management of student externship program with University of Akron, Kent State University and Pennsylvania State University.
  • Establishment of policies and procedures for the service of Communication Disorders as it relates to the hospital and to the community.
  • Total program development and management of dysphagia services to ACH.
  • Provided diagnostics, therapy and counseling for adult neurogenic speech/language and dysphagic population.
  • Served as the Coordinator of the Swallowing Center at Akron City Hospital.
  • Provided audiology services as needed.

Achievements:

  • Founding member and developer of the Rehabilitation Unit and Team rehabilitation approach.
  • Established, developed and served as first Audiologist in the Audiology section.
  • Established a widespread ototoxic drug-monitoring program in Audiology.
  • Established the neonatal hearing screening program.
  • Established favorable professional relationships with University of Akron and Kent State University.
  • Personally supervised and directed twenty-seven University of Akron graduate students in their externships.
  • Personally supervised and directed thirty-seven Kent State University graduate students in their externships.
  • Established the Swallowing Center at ACH and served as the Coordinator.
  • Numerous teaching, guest lecturer and professional presentations, including workshops on aphasia, head injury and dysphagia.

Speech Pathologist - Visiting Nurse Service of Summit County (January 1975 - December 1977)

Responsibilities included:

  • Provided homebound speech/language diagnostics, therapy and counseling for adults and children with various disorders.
  • Provided contract speech pathology services to Akron City Hospital including input on program development.
  • Served on Rehabilitation Unit Advisory Committee at Akron City Hospital with organizational and advisory input into the formation and initial policies and procedures.

Achievements:

  • Contributing author and illustrator for Therapy Guide for Language and Speech Disorders Volume I by Kilpatrick and Jones.

Senior Speech Pathologist/Audiologist - Highland View Hospital (January 1972 - December 1975)

Responsibilities included:

  • Supervised graduate student externs from Cleveland State and Case Western Reserve Universities.
  • Provided speech/language diagnostics and therapy for adult neurogenic population in individual and group sessions.
  • Served as family counselor for communication disorders. Conducted twice weekly group sessions.
  • Established audiology services, policies and procedures.
  • Served as Audiologist for eighteen months.
  • Directed the Audio/Visual/Motor (AVM) phase of the speech/language program for two years.

Achievements:

  • With William Pitts, developed and served as a founding member of the Aphasiology Association of Ohio.
  • Established an ototoxicity monitoring program through Audiology.
  • Participated in the monthly physician neuropathology rounds with brain dissection and case presentations.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Jones, C.L. and Lorman, J.S. Dysarthria: A Guide for the Patient and Family. Interactive Therapeutics, Inc.: Stow, OH, 1986, rev. every 2-3 years to present.
  • Jones, C.L. and Lorman, J.S. Apraxia: A Guide for the Patient and Family. Interactive Therapeutics, Inc.: Stow, OH, 1986, rev. every 2-3 years to present.
  • Jones, C.L. and Lorman, J.S. Aphasia: A Guide for the Patient and Family. Interactive Therapeutics, Inc.: Stow, OH, 1987, rev. every 2-3 years to present.
  • Jones, C.L. and Lorman, J.S. Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for the Patient and Family. Interactive Therapeutics, Inc.: Stow, OH, 1987, rev. every 2-3 years to present.
  • Jones, C.L. and Lorman, J.S. The Daily Communicator. Interactive Therapeutics, Inc.: Stow, OH, 1985.
  • Jones, C.L., Lorman, J.S., et al. What Else Can I Do? Career Planning for Life. Interactive Therapeutics, Inc.: Stow, OH, 2000.
  • Kilpatrick, K.L. and Jones, C.L. Therapy Guide for Language and Speech Disorders Volume I. Visiting Nurse Service: Akron, OH, 1977.
  • Lorman, J.S. and Jones, C.L. The Picture Communicator. Interactive Therapeutics, Inc.: Stow, OH, 1988.
  • Lorman, J.S. Development of the Dysphagia Program at Akron City Hospital, Hearsay. Spring, 1989. pp 11-13.
  • Lorman, J.S. and Jones, C.L. Interactive Poster Worksheets. Interactive Therapeutics, Inc.: Stow, OH, 1992.
  • Lorman, J.S. Swallowing Problems: A Guide for the Patient and Family. Interactive Therapeutics, Inc.: Stow, OH 1998, rev. 2000, 2002, 2006.

RESEARCH

  • Reller, Janis S., The Effect of Specified Amounts of Repetitive Auditory Stimulation on the Oral Word Responsiveness of Adult Aphasics. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, Director of Thesis:  Martin R. Adams, Kent State University, 1969.
  • Lorman, Janis S. and Jones, Cynthia L.  Granted United States Patent # 5,169,316 on 12/8/92 for “Speech Therapy Device Providing Direct Visual Feedback.”

PRESENTATIONS

Presentations locally, statewide and nationally on topics of:

Evidence-Based Dysphagia, Pulmonary Function, Interpreting Modified Barium Swallow Studies, Speech & Swallowing in Degenerative Diseases, Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Anatomy & Physiology of Speech, Language and Hearing, Dysphagia Management, Career Development, Conflict Resolution, Active Listening Skills, and Marketing your Skills and Talents. Complete list available on request.


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP AND CERTIFICATION

American Speech/Language and Hearing Association

(Membership #00181073-02)

Certificate of Clinical Competence Speech Pathology

Certificate of Clinical Competence Audiology

Award for Continuing Education (ACE x multiple)

Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing Disorders 2009

 

License State of Ohio

Speech Pathology - SP1588

Audiology - A0111 inactive

 

American Academy of Audiology

Fellow  (Membership #228700)

 

Ohio Speech/Language Hearing Association

 

Aphasiology Association of Ohio (no longer an active organization)

Founding Member

Past Secretary

Past Area Representative

Kent State University Alumni Association (no longer an active organization)

Speech Pathology and Audiology Constituency, Past President


 HONORS

  • Recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Part-Time Teacher Award from The University of Akron
  • Recipient of the 1996 Distinguished Service Award from the Akron Regional Speech and Hearing Association for a professional outside the organization
  • Recipient of the 1993 Elwood Chaney Outstanding Clinician award from the Ohio Speech and Hearing Association


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