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Dr. Brenda Louw

Dr. Brenda Louw celebrated 40 years in the field of Speech-Language Pathology in July 2017. She is currently a professor and the Chair of the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at East Tennessee State University.

Dr. Louw is originally from Pretoria, South Africa, where she received her Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology and was the department chair of the Department of Communication Pathology. Her research interests include cultural competence; cleft palate and early intervention, specifically for infants with organic disorders; and pediatric HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Louw has made a major contribution to the professional community of speech-language pathologists world-wide in her 40-years of service. She has not only dedicated her time to her students, but also to the numerous committees and organizations of which she has been a part – including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), American Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies Association (ACPA), and the International Confederation of Cleft Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies (ICCPRCA), to name a few. Dr. Louw’s service and commitment to her profession is extensive; in South Africa she also served as a member of an interdisciplinary cleft palate team for over 25 years, as an early intervention team member for over 20 years, as President of the South African Cleft Lip and Palate Society, and as Vice President of The Pan African Association for Cleft Lip and Palate. She remains enthusiastic about developments in the field and about continuing education.

When not working Dr. Louw enjoys travelling, cooking, reading and embroidery and is passionate about her roses. She is a true global citizen as her family, friends and colleagues are spread across the world.



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