Communication Sciences & Disorders

School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

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.

Gina Keene, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Instructor
Gina is from Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders and a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado. She is licensed by the state of Mississippi and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. Gina has worked with a variety of populations from birth to geriatrics in a variety of settings from home-based to schools to hospitals. Her primary interests are childhood language acquisition, incorporating natural environment instruction, and augmentative/alternative means of communication. Gina is the supervisor of the HILL preschool class, in which students with severe language disabilities receive individualized, one-on-one and group intervention to meet language goals. The class also provides an optimal clinical practicum experience for graduate students as they learn to work on the whole development of the child.

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.