Lissa Power-deFur

Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Power-deFur is a speech-language pathologist who previously worked at the Virginia Department of Education in Special Education and Student Services. Through extensive work with children with disabilities, she has researched topics for presentations both regionally and nationally. Internationally, she has worked as speech-language pathologist in Belize. Her most recent work has revolved around the speech-language pathology profession and creating guidelines and criteria for the position.

She is an American Speech-Launguage-Hearing Association Fellow and the Vice President of Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology on the ASHA Board of Directors. She holds a Ph.D. in speech-language pathology, audiology and deaf education from the University of Virginia.

Publications / Media References

Power-deFur has written several articles that have appeared in both local and national newspapers. Her work on noise exposure was published in the Farmville Herald and several articles on Common Core State Standards—educational standards that have been adopted by a majority of states—in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association newspaper. She has hosted several interviews for the Virginia Department of Education hour on WCVE public radio in Richmond. Her work has also appeared in several high-level academic journals, including Perspectives on School-Based Issues; Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders; Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools; Perspectives in Administration and Supervision; and Inclusive Education.

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