Kristin Pedersen

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Speech-Language-Hearing
Clinical Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies, MA SPLH/IPCD
Primary office:
Haworth Hall
Room 2101E
University of Kansas
2101 Haworth Hall, 1200 Sunnyside Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Kris Pedersen, SLPD CCC-SLP, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing where her work focuses on early intervention practices. She specializes in speech and language services for children from birth to age five, along with evidence-based practices in early intervention.

Kris received her Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and her Bachelor’s from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. A native of the Chicago-area, Kris joined the SPLH Department at KU in 1997 working in the Language Acquisition Preschool and as Project Coordinator for the Communication and Autism Project. She joined the clinical faculty in 2005.


SLPD, Early Intervention , University of Kansas

M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.S., Speech Pathology, Northwestern University


Kris currently teaches the SPLH 868 Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology for second year Master’s students and Clinical Practicum (SPLH 862/864/672) to both graduate and undergraduate students. Using the Kansas Teaching, Educating and Mentoring (K-TEAM) model of clinical education, she facilitates the Learning through Everyday Activities and Partnerships (LEAP) team. Her team of practicum students provides speech-language services to children ages birth-three and their families in home and community settings. She maintains a contract with Northeast Kansas Infant-Toddler Services and Keystone Learning Services to provide these practicum opportunities for students.


Kris’ clinical research and practice focuses on service delivery models in home and community based settings with emphasis on the use of natural learning opportunities, capacity-building techniques, and collaborative models of support. She also explores the use of speech and language interventions in home and community settings, with emphasis on interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Speech Sound Disorders.


Kris is active in supporting evidence-based practices in early Intervention throughout the state of Kansas. She serves as Assistant Coordinator for the Northeast Kansas Infant Toddler Program and serves on the Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Executive Board. Kris is also serves on the Council for Graduate Studies and is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing. She recently became the Kansas Children Action Network Coordinator and Partnership Liaison for the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) and is a member of the DEC Policy and Advocacy Council.

News and events

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Ceremony Information Page, May 18, 2019


Dr. Julie Washington is coming as the invited speaker on February 11, 2019: The Annual Betty H. Bunce Multicultural Lecture 

Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

SPLH Professor, Holly Storkel, has been selected as Associate Dean for Academic Innovation & Student Success

SPLH Acting Chair, Nancy Brady, has been promoted to Professor by Chancellor Douglas A. Girod - Chancellor announces faculty awarded promotion and tenure for 2018

Three students received Undergraduate Research Awards for SPLH projects in the Spring 2018 semester!  Congratulations to Grace Carlson (mentored by Navin Viswanathan), Beth Fentress (mentored by Holly Storkel) and Bri Marsh (mentored by Jon Brumberg).

Ana PaulMumy's TEDxKU talk- Placing Value on Human Imperfection

Holly Storkel and Navin Viswanathan receive Friends of the Life Span Institute Investigator Awards in 2017

McKenzie Butcher is one of 13 students to receive Undergraduate Research Awards in fall 2017

Kate DeJarnette, a student in KU’s speech-language pathology program, walks us through why she chose to study augmentative and alternative communication.

Explore a degree in audiology or speech-language pathology at the University of Kansas

"The Impact of Parenting on Fragile X Syndrome" in "Research Features", UK online science magazine, featuring research by Steven F. Warren and Nancy C.Brady

KU to present University Scholarly Achievement Award to Nancy Brady on April 10, 2017

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