Who?

Dr. Kara Hawthorne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Kara Hawthorne, from Grand Forks, North Dakota, received her Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics from the University of Arizona in 2013 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta before joining the faculty at the University of Mississippi in 2015. Dr. Hawthorne is a co-Principle Investigator of the HILL programs. Her areas of expertise are child language development, language learning, and language comprehension.

Dr. Susan Loveall, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Susan Loveall, originally from Wichita, Kansas, received her Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from the University of Alabama. Her graduate degree includes a dual concentration in cognitive and developmental psychology and a minor in quantitative studies. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas before joining the faculty at the University of Mississippi in 2015. Dr. Loveall is a co-Principle Investigator of the HILL programs. Her areas of expertise are cognitive development (including language, reading, learning) in intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Dr. Rebecca Lowe, Au.D., CCC-A
Clinical Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Speech and Hearing Center

Dr. Rebecca Lowe, from Oxford, Mississippi, obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders from the University of Mississippi, Master of Arts in Audiology from Kansas State University, and Doctor of Audiology from Central Michigan University. She is a co-Investigator of the HILL programs and the aural rehabilitationist who assists with the deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Her primary areas of expertise are audiologic (re)habilitation, sign language development, and auditory processing disorders.

Jennifer Johnson, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Instructor
Jennifer is from Marietta, Georgia. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is licensed by the state of Mississippi and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. Her primary area of interest is pediatric language disorders. Jennifer began her career in the Texas public school system where she provided speech and language services for school age children. She also has experience with pediatric private practice and early intervention in Mississippi. Jennifer is the supervisor of the HILL Class, which is an intensive language program that focuses on the development of language and literacy in preschool age children with moderate to severe language disorders. The class also provides clinical training for graduate students seeking careers in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology.

Amy Livingston, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Instructor

Amy is from New Albany, Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Science in Communicative Disorders from the University of Mississippi. She is licensed by the state of Mississippi and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. Amy has worked across the country as a clinician with various populations and has trained therapists extensively. She is the supervisor of the Transition Class, which provides a structured environment of language-rich and academic readiness activities for children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. The class also provides an optimal clinical practicum experience for graduate students where they are able to work with a client and collaborate with many other professionals who are part of the child's multidisciplinary team.

Dr. Lennette Ivy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Founder of the HILL Program and Former CSD Department Chair
The late Dr. Lennette J. Ivy was from Detroit, Michigan. She relocated to Thrasher, Mississippi in 1967. Since then, Mississippi remained her home. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders from Mississippi Valley State University, Master of Science in Communicative Disorders from the University of Mississippi, and Doctor of Philosophy in Audiology and Speech Pathology from the University of Memphis. In 2013, Dr. Ivy established the Hearing Impaired, Language and Literacy Preschool Laboratory (HILL) with support from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation, and in 2015, HILL was expanded to include a transition class. Dr. Ivy’s areas of expertise included child language development and disorders, phonological development and disorders, and literacy development and the impact of dialectal differences on literacy development.