Speech-language pathology has always been a part of Erin Wilson’s ’13 life but it wasn’t her first choice for a career. While completing her undergraduate degree in communication at Loyola Marymount University, she also completed a minor in special education because of her interest in learning more about communicative disorders. Soon after she earned her bachelor of science in communicative disorders and deaf education from Utah State University. Wilson is a member of the Class of 2013 master of science in speech-language pathology program.
“I went to a speech therapist as a child with a speech impediment and experienced the benefits and confidence of articulation. I also grew up with an uncle with profound autism,” said Wilson.
While at Pacific, Wilson was selected as the first recipient of the Janet Nimtz ‘85 Endowed Scholarship which further inspired her to pursue her career. The scholarship supports students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and are pursuing a degree in speech-language pathology. Wilson was an advisee under Professor Nimtz and looks to her as a mentor. She says Professor Nimtz “personally encouraged me to define who I am as a clinician and it is an honor to be recognized with her legacy.”
Wilson recalled fond memories at Pacific. “During the program, I broke my elbow, and the professors and staff went that extra mile for me, offering to grocery shop and drive me to doctor’s appointments,” said Wilson. “Each and every faculty and staff member deserves a sincere thank you,” she added.
Since completing the program, she is now working as a speech-language pathologist at an acute care hospital in Orange County. Wilson is also Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) Certified which allows her to work with voice therapy, predominantly with the inpatient adult population, diagnosing and treating dysphagia.
By Dua Her '09