Nancy D. Harris, M.A.

Nancy D. Harris, M.A.

Title: Clinical Supvr. & UG Acad. Advisor
Dept/Program: School of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
Phone: 330-972-6017


I joined The University of Akron School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in the fall of 1999.  Currently, I supervise graduate students in adult clinical experiences on and off campus.  I also serve as the coordinator for undergraduate studies and an undergraduate academic advisor.

Background & Professional Experience

  • Extended Care Facilities – Skilled and Long Term Care
  • Acute Care Hospitals
  • Adult Outpatient Facilities 

Clinical Interests

  • Aphasia
  • Dysarthria and apraxia (motor speech disorders)
  • Cognitive-communication disorders
  • Dysphagia-swallowing disorders
  • Voice disorders
  • Augmentative/alternative communication
  • Medicare documentation/reimbursement

Client Populations

  • Adult neurogenic diseases/disorders
  • Concussion
  • Stroke
  • Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease
  • Progressive degenerative diseases (Parkinson’s disease, ALS, MS)
  • Respiratory failure
  • Acquired/traumatic brain injury

Certifications/Areas of Specialized Training

  • Credentialed  Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Studies (x-ray swallow studies)
  • Credentialing in process Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation for Swallowing (FEES)
  • Certified – Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT)
  • Certified – Comprehensive Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation (DPNS)
  • Certified – Facial Muscle Exercise Program (FMEP)
  • Registered Yoga Teacher – RYT-500, Yoga Alliance
  • Certified Yoga Nidra – Yoga Academy of North America (YANA)
  • Trained tracheostomy and ventilator dependent patients
  • Trained Frazier Free Water Protocol  
  • Trained Allen Cognitive Levels (ACL)  
  • Trained reimbursement for speech generating devices (SGDs)
  • Trained Wilson Reading Program


  • Harris, Nancy (2011). Assessment and Intervention for Disordered Breathing Patterns. OSLHA Annual Convention. Columbus, OH.
  • Harris, Nancy (2008). Functional Communication Programs for People with Dementia. 7th Annual Allen Symposium. Boston, MA.
  • Harris, Nancy (2008). Comparison of Cognitive Tests. 7th Annual Allen Symposium. Boston, MA.  

Professional Memberships

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association  

Personal Interests

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Holistic Medicine
  • Reiki
  • Aikido