Loyola University Maryland

Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Lauren Dorris, M.S. CCC-SLP

Lauren DorrisAssistant Clinical Professor


B.S. & M.S., Communication Sciences & Disorders, The Pennsylvania State University 2005 & 2007

Area of Specialization

Adult medical speech-pathology, specifically dysphagia and aphasia. An additional area of interest includes Palliative Care and the role of speech-language pathologists in the care of patients with advanced complex illness.


Lauren earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Penn State University. Since that time, she has worked in the acute care hospital setting providing services to patients with a variety of acute and chronic illnesses. Lauren joined the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences department in 2014 where she supervises first year graduate students in the adult neurogenic clinical rotation in the Loyola Clinical Centers. She continues to work in the acute care setting as a PRN staff member at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. Lauren is a "transplant" to Maryland and lives in Howard County with her husband and two children.

Achievements (past 5 years)

Member of the Palliative Care A3/Initiative team at Anne Arundel Medical Center, 2015.


Gallena, S., Nichols, C., Dorris, L. & Wathen, K. “The benefits of aphasia chorus: An intra-professional student-driven research study.” Poster session to be presented by Dr. Sally Gallena and Kourtney Wathen at: American Speech-Language-Hearing Convention, Orlando, FL, November 2019.

Dorris, L. Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and post-stroke aphasia: Communication considerations. Presentation at the quarterly meeting of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Association (MVA) Driver Rehabilitation Program, Glen Burnie, MD; December 2017.

Dorris, L. Post-operative dysphagia in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Presentation at evidence-based practice rounds to the Rehabilitation Services department, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD; February 2012.

Dorris, L. The cervical esophagus: A review of the cricopharyngeus muscle, Zenker’s diverticula, and cervical esophageal webs. Presentation to the Maryland Speech-Language Hearing Association (MSHA) Adult Services Delivery Committee, Columbia, MD; October 2011.

Dorris, L. Aphasia: Considerations for the acute care population. Presentation to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Services department, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA; April 2010.


Fergie Cantos

Fergie recognizes a need for bilingual speech therapy and is eager to serve a Spanish-speaking population

Speech-Language Pathology