Karen GallagherPh.D., CCC-SLP

Karen Gallagher
Program Director/Term Assistant Professor
Speech-Language Pathology
PSB 117A


  • Ph.D. in Speech & Hearing Science from Arizona State University in 2017
  • M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington in 1998
  • B.S. in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington in 1996


Karen Gallagher has practiced speech-language pathology for over 20 years. Her clinical focus has been in the area of adult neurogenic communication disorders. She earned her Ph.D. in speech and hearing science at Arizona State University in 2017, with a focus on military service-related conditions and the impact on higher-order cognitive processes. Prior to pursuing her degrees, Dr. Gallagher served as an Airborne Nuclear Biological Chemical specialist in the U.S. Army and deployed to combat in Gulf War I. In 2016, she was named a Tillman Scholar and continues to serve her fellow military Veterans both in her research and clinical work.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Speech Science
  • Neurological Foundations of Speech and Hearing
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
  • Foundations of Communication Disorders

Professional & Department Service

  • Acquired Cognitive Communication Disorders Topic Chair for 2023 American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention
  • Reviewer for Journal of Speech-Language Hearing Research, Aphasiology, and American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences, VA Speech-Language Pathology Residency Committee

Research Interests

Dr. Gallagher's research focuses on establishing evidence-based assessment and interventions for higher-order cognitive processes and well-being in military veterans with service-related conditions.


  • Meulenbroek, P., Bush, E., Gallagher, K.; Transitioning to Work; Chapter 15; in Assisting Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury: The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist; Pro-Ed, Inc, Austin, TX, 2021; Hux, K, ed.; 3rd edition.
  • Gallagher, K., & Azuma, T. (2018). Analysis of Story Recall in Military Veterans with and without mTBI: Preliminary Results. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 27, 485-494. DOI: 10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0208
  • Green, L.B. & Roth, K.L. (2013). Increasing inferential reading comprehension skills: a single case treatment study. Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. 37(3), 228-239.