Karen O'Leary

Karen O'Leary

Retired, WSU Speech-Language Pathology Clinics
Clinical Coordinator for Speech-Language Pathology





Curriculum vitae


 Communication Sciences and Disorders

Karen O'Leary

Karen O’Leary, M.A., CCC-SLP retired as the Clinic Director/Clinical Coordinator for Speech-Language Pathology in December 2021. She currently works as a part-time instructor for the CSD Department. Mrs. O’Leary began working as a clinical instructor at WSU in May 1990. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses during her career at WSU,and served as the undergraduate advisor for many years. Karen also worked as a clinical instructor in the WSU-Renaissance Head Start program. Prior to coming to WSU, she worked at Sinai Hospital of Detroit and served as an SLP supervisor at an out-patient facility. Mrs. O’Leary’s primary clinical interests are developing emergent literacy skills for head start children and the impact of poverty on communication development. She also provides training webinars on clinical education.


Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Professional interests include clinical instruction, and clinical services for emergent literacy and narrative intervention.


  • B.A., 1978 University of Michigan, Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • M.A., 1980 Wayne State University, Speech-Language Pathology

Awards and grants

 Improving Access and Education for Communication Disorders, February 2015, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, $12,500.00. Reapproved in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. $12,500.00 yearly

Grant from Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation for honorarium and travel expenses for 2 speakers on Pediatric Feeding Disorders. May 2018. $5,524.00

Grant from Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation for honorarium and travel expenses of a speaker for a Narrative Language Assessment and Intervention conference. July 2017. $2,771

Courses taught by Karen O'Leary

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022