Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Meet Sandy Cohn Thau, Graduate Program Director and Director of Clinical Education
For Sandy Cohn Thau, a love of speech-language pathology springs largely from the dynamic nature of the field. "It's ever changing," says Cohn Thau, "and there are new populations to work with all the time."
Providing Educational & Professional Guidance
Sandy Cohn Thau helps Emerson's graduate students experience the variety of clients she describes. As Graduate Program Director and the Director of Clinical Education, Cohn Thau tracks students' clinical work throughout their time at Emerson to ensure they are meeting both Emerson's requirements and those of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She works to ensure that students can fulfill their clinical needs—to gain specific skills or exposure to particular populations.
Creating an Encouraging Environment
Cohn Thau appreciates how Emerson empowers its students. "The program is rigorous and demanding academically, yet the students are supported well enough that the goals feel achievable," Cohn Thau says. "We try to always see the students as individuals."
One highlight of her work is welcoming her students as colleagues. "It's so gratifying to see our former students supervising and guiding the internships of our students today," Cohn Thau says.