Lena Caesar, Ed.D., Ph.D.
- Academic Focus Speech-Language Pathology
Lena Caesar, Ed.D., Ph.D., believes Loyola’s program in speech-language-hearing sciences is one of the best due to the focus on educating the whole person and the training and hands-on experience students gain through the Loyola Clinical Centers. Dr. Caesar, who spent many years during her childhood on the island of St. Lucia, received her Ed.D. in Special Education and her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University. A member of Loyola’s faculty since 2011, she was awarded a research grant in 2017 to improve the lives of children in Guyana, South America, by collecting evidence-based data that will assist in the accurate diagnosis of communication impairments in clinical populations—work she feels aligns with Loyola’s commitment to global involvement and internationalization: “I love that this line of research provides me with an opportunity to form global connections, while also challenging my students at Loyola to become global-minded citizens.” In her classes, the former high school English language and literature teacher says she focuses on appropriate assessment and intervention for individuals with speech and language disorders.
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What makes Loyola's speech-language pathology program unique is the faculty’s commitment to supporting and caring for the whole person—and the opportunities for interprofessional training and experiences that the Loyola Clinical Centers foster.