dr. kimmerly harrell
Dr. Harrell is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She is also a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language with over 20 years experience working with individuals who have disabilities. Her expertise includes, but is not limited to language and literacy disorders, cultural and linguistic diversity, cultural humility, and global disability issues. Dr. Harrell is also an Assistant Professor who teaches, mentors, and supervises undergraduate and graduate students in speech-language pathology.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
Board Certified Specialist in Child Language
My road to becoming a speech-language pathologist (SLP) is nontraditional but it is also what gives me a unique perspective.
Upon completing my Bachelor’s in Speech Pathology & Audiology, I worked for four years as a speech-language pathology assistant, a mental health/disability coordinator for Head Start, and a service coordinator for a state early intervention program.
I didn’t think I wanted to become an SLP until I had an opportunity to witness their work while serving as a SLP assistant. This influenced me to obtain my Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders and an Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum & Instruction.
After years of working in the school system, private practice, skilled nursing facilities, and rehabilitation facilities, I decided to stop practicing clinically and return to school full-time for my PhD. Since completing my degree, I have worked in higher education in Louisiana and Kentucky.
My Speech-Language Pathologist experience has a foundation in working
hands-on with adults and children in schools, hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities.
Parrish Medical Center, Titusville, FL
EBS Healthcare, Ocala and Jacksonville, FL
Atlanta Public Schools (Atlanta, GA)
Dekalb County School District (Stone Mountain, GA)
Cobb County School District (Marietta, GA)
Spalding County School District (Griffin, GA)
Odyssey Academy Charter School-teletherapy (Galveston, TX)
Aegis Therapies, Atlanta, GA
Cornerstone Hospital (LTAC) and Pathways Rehabilitation Hospital, Bossier City, LA
My passion and education have enabled me to travel beyond the local classrooms and universities to work with adults and children around the world. Many countries don't have the educated professionals to teach and coach children who have learning disabilities. Even with language barriers, we can share tools and practices that can be used for any child.
Haiti: Provides professional development and training to a rehabilitation center that serves both children and adults.
Kenya: Provides professional development for teachers and orphanage staff on how to work with children who have disabilities.
Travel & GIVE: I serve as the Curriculum & Instruction Manager for the Travel & GIVE program.
Martin, J. L. and Harrell, K. (2020). The P in PhD stands for persistence: Navigating the system during the dissertation process. Chapman D. & Wilkerson A. (Eds.), From student to scholar: Mentoring underrepresented scholars in the academy. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan.
Harrell, K., Davis, K., Samuels, S., Acquaye, H. & Puig, E. (2021). Effects of a vocabulary scenario technique on ninth-grade English learners’ vocabulary acquisition. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing, 16 (1), 46-56.
Harrell, K. (2020). How effective cross-cultural mentorship saved my doctoral journey. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing, 15 (1), 90-94.