Debora Downey, PhD, CCC-SP/L

Iowa's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities
Center for Disabilities and Development
100 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242-1011
 
Phone: 319-353-3437
Email: debora-downey@uiowa.edu
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Last Updated: October 08, 2014

Debora Downey
 

Discipline Coordinators: Speech-Language Pathology
Assistive Technology
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Augmentative Communication Specialty Team,
Variety Club AAC Equipment
 
Discipline(s): Speech-Language Pathology
 
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
 
Research: Primary areas of interest include: augmentative/alternative communication, pediatric dysphagia, and developmental disabilities.
Education: B.A/M.A. - University of Northern Colorado
Ph.D. - University of Iowa
Service: AAC Service
Feeding & Growth Management

Vita/Bio

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

NAME: Debora A. Downey

Title on Training Grant: Training Director, Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

Education:
Institution and Location Degree Year Conferred Field of Study

University of Northern Colorado BA 1984 Speech Pathology
University of Northern Colorado
University of Iowa MA
PhD 1986
In progress Speech Pathology
Speech Pathology

Professional Experience:
2004-current Speech Language Pathology Training Director for ILEND, Center for Disabilities and Development, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
1990-current Speech Pathologist, Center for Disabilities and Development, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, Speech pathologist and Clinical Instructor
2003 Independent Consultant for Gerber Company,
1998-1999 Independent Consultant to Evenflo Inc.
1993-1994 Reliability, Speech/Language Pathologist Adult Neurology.
19988 -1990 CIGNA Health Plan of Arizona, April 1988 to August 1990.
Pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist.
1988-1989 In Home Health, Tempe, Arizona, August 1988 to August 1989.
Speech/Language Pathologist Adult Neurology

Certification and Licensure:
1990-current Speech Pathologist, State of Iowa, Certification #
1987-current Certification of Clinical Competence, Speech Pathology, American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA)

Professional Memberships:
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

Publications:
? Downey, D., Daugherty, P., Helt, S., & Daugherty, D., (2004). Integrating AAC into the Classroom: Low-Tech Strategies. ASHA Leader, Volume 9, pp. 6-8, 36.
? Downey, D., Hurtig, R. (2003) Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Pediatric Annals Volume 32:p. 467-474.
? Downey, D., Van Dyke, D., Knutson, D., Mraz, R. & Knott, J., (2002) Diagnosis and Evaluation in Children Who Are Not Talking, Journal of Infants & Young Children, Volume 15(2): p. 38-48.
? Downey, D. (Fall 2000) Augmentative and Alternative Communication, American Academy of Pediatrics Newsletter, Iowa Chapter.
? Downey, D. (1997, Fall) Hearing Impairment and Its Effects Upon the Development of Speech and Language, Care For Kids, Vol. 4, p. 3-4.
? Downey, D. (1992, April) Communication and Prader-Willi Syndrome, The Gathered View, p. 3-4.
? Downey, D., & Knutson, C., (1995) Speech and Language Issues in L. R. Greenswag & R. C. Alexander (eds.) Management of Prader Willi Syndrome. New York: Springer-Verlag.
? Downey, D. & Hurtig, R. (in press). Re-thinking AAC in Acute Care Settings. ASHA DAAC Perspective on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 4, p. 3-8.

Presentations (not a complete list):
International Presentations
? Downey, D. (2001). Speech and Language Issues: Birth to 5 years of age. International Prader Willi Conference in St. Paul, MN.
? Downey, D. (2001). Speaking with the Experts. International Prader Willi Conference, St. Paul, MN. Greenswag, L., Harper, D., Van Dyke, & Downey D. (2001). A Retrospective Review of Development and Behavior of Monozygotic Twins with Prader-Will Syndrome. Poster at the International Prader Willi Conference in St. Paul, MN.

National Presentations
? Downey, D. (1991). Speech and Language Issues in Prader-Willi Syndrome. 13th Annual Prader Willi Syndrome Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
? Downey, D. (1992). Question and Answers regarding Speech and Language Development in Prader-Willi Syndrome. 14th Annual Prader Willi Syndrome Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
? Downey, D. & Knutson, C. (1999). Using Tele-Health to Provide Speech-Language Services in Iowa. Poster at the American Speech and Hearing Association Annual Conference, in San Francisco, CA.
? Downey, D. (2002). Augmentative Communication from Evaluation to Funding Presentation. American Speech and Hearing Association Convention, Atlanta, GA.
? Weiss, A., Briggs, M., Downey, D., Weismer, S., Fey, M., Paul, R., Prelock, P., Scheffner-Hammer, C., Schober-Peterson, D., Stockman, I., Wyatt, T. & Ziev, M. (2003). Clinical Office Hours-Infant/Toddler and Preschool Language. American Speech and Hearing Association Convention, Chicago, IL.
? Downey, D., Helt, S., Lang, D., Laffey, P. (2003). Getting More Bang for Your Buck-Low Tech Ideas for Augmentative Communication in the Classroom. American Speech and Hearing Association Convention, Chicago, IL.
? Downey, D. & Warner, J. (2003). Show Me the Money-Funding Options for Augmentative/Alternative Communication Presentation. American Speech and Hearing Association Convention, Chicago, IL.
? Hurtig, R. & Downey, D. (2004). Introduction to the Iowa Switch. Poster at American Speech and Hearing Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
? Hurtig, R. & Downey, D. (2004). AAC in Acute Care. Poster at American Speech and Hearing Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
? Hurtig, R. & Downey, D. (2005). Implementing AAC in Acute Care Settings. Short Course at the American Speech and Hearing Association Convention, San Diego, CA.
? Hurtig, R. & Downey, D (2006). Implementing AAC in Acute Care Settings. Assistive Technology Industry Association Convention, Orlando, FL.
? Hurtig, R. & Downey, D. (2006). Results of UIHC Nursing Survey Regarding the AAC Needs of Their Patients. American Speech and Hearing Association Convention, Miami, FL.
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Courses Taught:
? Annually--Fall Semester 1999 to 2006 ;003:350:001 Preceptor-ship in Augmentative Communication primary instructor, University of Iowa-Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology.

Grants Awarded:
? September 2003-Awarded $15,000 by Variety the Children's Charity of Eastern Iowa to begin to establish a loan closet for assistive technology devices at the Center for Disabilities and Development.
? February of 2003-Awarded $1,800 by University Sertoma Club for Assistive technology devices.
? September 2004-Awarded $7,500 by Variety the Children's Charity of Eastern Iowa to continue to expand a loan closet for assistive technology devices at the Center for Disabilities and Development.
? February of 2004-Awarded $2,500 by University Sertoma Club for Assistive technology devices.
? September 2005-Awarded $12,000 by Variety the Children's Charity of Eastern Iowa for purchase of items to be added to the loan closet at the Center for Disabilities and Development for assistive technology devices.
? September 2006-Awarded $6795 by Variety the Children's Charity of Eastern Iowa for purchase of items to be added to the loan closet at the Center for Disabilities and Development for assistive technology devices.
? Pending in 2007-Award of $40,000 by Voice for All to increase evaluation of children for whom AAC device use is appropriate