School of Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences Faculty & Staff

Jenna Griffin

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Personal Summary

Jenna Griffin, M.S., CCC-SLP is a clinical assistant professor in the school of Speech, Language, Hearing, and Occupational Sciences at the University of Montana, and serves as co-director of the Big Sky Aphasia Program (BSAP). She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in the department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montana in 2012, and graduated from the speech-language pathology graduate program at the University of Montana in 2014. Jenna completed a clinical fellowship at St. Vincent Healthcare in the stroke and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation center located in Billings, Montana. Through this experience, she gained additional knowledge that best allows her to incorporate evidence-based practice, individual client variables, and principles of neuroplasticity in a clinical setting. Jenna’s areas of research interest include evidence-based practice for acquired neurologic disorders, and investigation of principles of neuroplasticity such as intensity and dosage for aphasia rehabilitation. She is a member of the Montana Speech and Hearing Association (MSHA), and is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). 

Education

B.A. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders: University of Montana (2012)

M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology: University of Montana (2014)

Clinical Fellowship: St. Vincent Healthcare, Traumatic Brain Injury Unit, Billings, MT

Courses Taught

Courses Taught: 

LPeeps
-
A First Year Guide to the Field of CSD
(CSD 109
),
Introduction to the Field of CSD (CSD 110),
Acquired Speech and
Language Disorders (CSD 365),
Multicultural Issues
(CSD 480
LPeeps
-
A First Year Guide to the Field of CSD
(CSD 109
),
Introduction to the Field of CSD (CSD 110),
Acquired Speech and
Language Disorders (CSD 365),
Multicultural Issues
(CSD 480
  • CSD 109: SLPeeps- A First Year Guide to the Field of CSD
  • CSD 110: Introduction to the Field of CSD
  • CSD 365: Acquired Speech and Language Disorders
  • CSD 480: Multicultural Issues
  • CSD 565: Aphasia and Acquired Apraxia of Speech
  • CSD 570: Clinical Procedures I
  • CSD 571: Clinical Practicum Experience
  • CSD 575: Clinical Procedures II
  • CSD 580: Diagnostics 

Teaching Experience

Courses Taught: 

LPeeps
-
A First Year Guide to the Field of CSD
(CSD 109
),
Introduction to the Field of CSD (CSD 110),
Acquired Speech and
Language Disorders (CSD 365),
Multicultural Issues
(CSD 480
LPeeps
-
A First Year Guide to the Field of CSD
(CSD 109
),
Introduction to the Field of CSD (CSD 110),
Acquired Speech and
Language Disorders (CSD 365),
Multicultural Issues
(CSD 480
  • CSD 109: SLPeeps- A First Year Guide to the Field of CSD
  • CSD 110: Introduction to the Field of CSD
  • CSD 365: Acquired Speech and Language Disorders
  • CSD 480: Multicultural Issues
  • CSD 565: Aphasia and Acquired Apraxia of Speech
  • CSD 570: Clinical Procedures I
  • CSD 571: Clinical Practicum Experience
  • CSD 575: Clinical Procedures II
  • CSD 580: Diagnostics 

Research Interests

Aphasia

Acquired Neurologic Impairments

Stroke Rehabilitation

Language

Principles of Neuroplasticity

Apraxia of Speech

Traumatic Brain Injury

Field of Study

Speech-language Pathology 

Publications

Off, C., Griffin, J., Murray, K., & Milman, L. (2019). Interprofessional education, training, and wellness in the context of a cohort model for aphasia rehabilitation. Topics in Language Disorders. In press.

Off, C. A., Griffin, J. R., Spencer, K. A., & Rogers, M. A. (2015). The impact of dose on naming accuracy with persons with aphasia. Aphasiology, 30(9), 983-1011. doi:10.1080/02687038.2015.1100705

Off, C.A., & Griffin, J.R., (November, 2014). Within and across-session naming under the microscope: How dosage and stimulus variables influence naming performance. Technical research presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual convention, Orlando, FL.

Griffin, J. R., (2014). Neuroplasticity, dosage, and repetition priming effects in individuals with stroke-induced aphasia (Master's thesis). Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers (4212). Retreived from http://scholarworks.umt.edu/etd/  

Off, C.A., & Griffin, J.R. (May, 2014). Treatment intensity and the effect of repetition priming on naming performance in individuals with anomia. Poster presentation (NIDCD Research Symposium) at the Clinical Aphasiology Conference, St. Simon’s Island, GA.

Slovarp, L., Stack, S., Milojevic, A., Nelson, A., & Griffin, J. (2013). Preventative dysphagia intervention for patients with head and neck cancer receiving chemoradiation therapy. Poster presentation at the University of Montana Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference, Missoula, MT.

Griffin, J. R. (October, 2013). Neuroplasticity, dosage, and repetition priming effects in individuals with stroke-induced aphasia. Poster presentation at the Montana Speech and Hearing Association Fall Convention, Bozeman, MT.

Griffin, J.R., Beard, A., Yonovitz, A. (2012). Brain activity preceding speech initiation. Poster presentation at the Montana Speech and Hearing Association Fall Convention, Great Falls, MT.

Griffin, J.R., Beard, A., Yonovitz, A. (2012). Brain activity preceding speech initiation. Poster presentation at the University of Montana Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference, Missoula, MT.

Affiliations

American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA)

  • Special Interest Group #2: Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders
  • Special Interest Group #13: Gerontology

Montana Speech and Hearing Association (MSHA)

Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) Certified Clinician

Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP)

Professional Experience

Previously employed as the lead speech pathologist on an interdisciplinary team in the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit at St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings, MT. 

Honors / Awards

2019: Bertha Morton Scholarship

2018: Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award (RMPTA) to attend the 28th Annual Research Symposium at ASHA Convention on Advances in Neuroplasticity Research: Language Recovery in Aphasia 

2018: Award for Continuing Education (ACE), American Speech-Language Hearing Association

2014: Student Fellowship, NIDCD Research Symposium, Clinical Aphasiology Conference, St. Simon’s Island, Georgia

2013: Student Travel Award to attend the Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences and Disorders Fall Conference, Academic Enrichment Program, Office of the Provost, University of Montana

2013: Outstanding Graduate Poster Award, poster presentation at the Montana Speech and Hearing Association Fall Convention, Bozeman, Montana   

2013: George & Laurine Harris Scholarship, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education & Human Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana 

Hobbies

Baking, Hiking, Traveling, Reading, Petting dogs