Member of the Month- May 2018

Dr. Jessica Berry

Dr. Jessica Berry is currently an assistant professor of speech pathology and audiology at South Carolina State University.  She completed her Bachelor's degree in COMD at Winthrop University, her MA in speech pathology and audiology at South Carolina State University.  She completed her doctoral studies at Louisiana State University in COMD with a minor in Linguistics.  Dr. Berry’s most recent work Dialect Variation of Copula and Auxiliary Verb BE: African American English–Speaking Children With and Without Gullah/Geechee Heritage was published in the Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research in September 2017. 

Dr. Berry is the owner of Berry Institute, LLC a private pediatric speech therapy practice and has worked as an early intervention/pediatric speech therapist for over 6 years in Louisiana and South Carolina.  Dr. Berry is passionate about the Gullah/Geechee language and has worked as a translator/transcriber with the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture project (2014) and completed the first ever Gullah/Geechee professional development sessions for early childhood teachers in Charleston County School District (2017). 

Dr. Berry was selected out of 74 applicants by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) as one of the 20 participants for the fourth-annual CAPSCSD Leadership Academy.  The Leadership academy was held April 10-11 at the Hilton in Austin, Texas and was led by Jeffrey Buller, Director of leadership and Professional development, Florida Atlantic University.  The academy consisted of eight 90-minute sessions that focused on topics designed to build and strengthen aspiring academic leaders.  Having completed the CAPSCD Leadership Academy, Dr. Berry joins an outstanding group of leadership academy alumni who are leaders and innovators in the field.

Dr. Berry enjoys learning and growing and plans to use all that she has learned at the CAPSCD leadership academy and through her years as an educator/clinician to mentor next generation of scholars.