Karen Whisenhunt Saar

Clinical Supervisor/Instructor
Director of SLP Clinical Services
Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, CCC-SLP
Phone: 409-880-8171
Email: kwsaar1@lamar.edu

Education

  • MS., Speech Pathology, Lamar University, 2012
  • M.A., German Language and Culture, Arizona State University, 2004

Board Certification/Licensure

  • Certificate for Clinical Competence - American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Texas Licensure - State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Teaching

  • Undergraduate
    Neurology, Phonetics, Freshman Interest Group “All Things Geek”
  • Graduate
    Advanced Clinical Practicum, Dementia Friendly Community Engagement (study abroad), & Workshops in Accent Modification/Management

Research Interests

Accent modification, experiential learning during pre-professional training, clinical supervision and training, interdisciplinary collaboration, ethical considerations in gerontology

Publications

  • Whisenhunt Saar, K., Bellon-Harn, M., Manchaiah, V., & Higgins, D.E. (2016). "Effects of an Accent Management Program on Intelligibility of Non-Native Speakers of American English." International Journal of Speech & Language Pathology and Audiology.
  • Whisenhunt Saar, K. & Bellon-Harn, M. (in press). "Accent Modification." In Damico, J.S, & Ball, M.J. (Eds). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Peer-Reviewed Presentations and Posters

  • Karen Whisenhunt Saar, M.S., CCC-SLP, Vanessa Villate, Ph.D., Monica Bellon-Harn, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,  Delanea Bronson, M.S., CCC-SLP. (2016). “Can Mindfulness Decrease Stress and Increase Empathy of Pre-Service Clinicians?” 1-hour presentation at the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Karen Whisenhunt Saar, M.S., Danielle Steele, M.S., Monica Harn, Ph.D., Nandhu Radhakrishnan, Ph.D. (2015). “Accent Management: Outcomes of a Segmental & Suprasegmental Training Program.” Poster presentation for the annual American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Denver, CO.
  • Karen Whisenhunt Saar, M.S., Monica Harn, Ph.D, Gina Watson, M.S., William Harn, Ph.D., Nandhu Radhakrishnan, Ph.D. (2013). "Initiating collaboration: Perspectives from an SLP in her Clinical Fellowship Year.” Poster presentation for the annual American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention Chicago, IL.

Non-Peer-Reviewed Presentations and Posters

  • “Service Learning.” Lamar University SMART Program Presentation. March 13, 2015.
  • “Communication Qualities that Maximize Effective Interdisciplinary Collaboration.” 1-hour presentation to the South East Texas Speech and Hearing Association. September 4, 2014

Professional Organization Memberships

  • American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association (TSHA)
  • Southeast Texas Speech and Hearing Association (SETSHA)
  • Southeastern University Clinical Educators (SEUCE)

Service

  • 2017 to present. Committee Member - Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, scholarship committee.
  • 2016 to present. Elected Faculty Representative - College of Fine Arts and Communication Council, Lamar University.
  • 2016 to present. Committee Member - College of Fine Arts & Communications Grade Appeal committee.
  • 2016 to present. Committee Member - Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Interprofessional Education Committee
  • 2015 to present. Member - Texas Speech and Hearing Association University Issues Standing Committee.
  • 2015 to present. Board Member - Southeast Texas Speech and Hearing Association.
  • 2014 to Present. Co-Advisor - National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), Lamar University Chapter.
  • 2014 to present. Fellow - (Support & Mentoring to Advance Research & Teaching Program), Lamar University.
  • 2014 to 2015. Facilitator - Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Junior Clinician Program, Lamar University.