Dr. Wegner earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Speech Pathology from Central Michigan University and her Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Wegner is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her clinical experience includes school services as well as private practice. She is a Clinical Professor and the Director of the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language –Hearing Clinic and the Pardee Augmentative and Alternative Communication Resource and Research Laboratory. As clinical director of the Schiefelbusch Clinic, Dr. Wegner led the development of a collaborative clinical teaching model (K-TEAM) that has effectively included clinical staff, students, and family members in the clinical experiences of the students.
Dr. Wegner teaches courses in the areas of augmentative and alternative communication and communication and developmental disabilities. She provides clinical teaching to students enrolled in practicum through her facilitation of the Communication and Advocacy Team (CAT) within the Schiefelbusch Clinic. The CAT team provides services and advocacy for individuals with complex communication needs. Dr. Wegner also mentors students pursuing MA and Ph.D.degrees.
- Individuals with complex communication needs
- Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
- AAC in the schools
- Advocacy and leadership
- Communication and autism
Dr. Wegner's clinical and research interests include augmentative and alternative communication, general education curricular access for students with complex communication needs, service delivery models for school speech-language services, developmental disabilities and communication, and advocacy and leadership. She has directed numerous personnel preparation projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs including the Communication and Autism Project; the Communication, Autism, and Technology Project; the Augmentative Communication in the Schools Project, and the Augmentative Communication in the Schools-Kansas City Project. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters focusing on the needs of individuals with complex communication challenges and augmentative and alternative communication.
- Augmentative and alternative communication
- Communication and developmental disabilities
- School service for students with complex communication needs
Dr. Wegner is the Director of the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. She serves on the Information Security Risk Management Workgroup-Lawrence Campus and is the Lawrence campus HIPAA official. Dr. Wegner served on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Ad Hoc Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders that developed the ASHA policy documents for practice with people with ASD. She served on the ASHA Speech–Language Advisory Council. She serves on the Coordinating Committee for ASHA's Special Interest Group 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication.