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Faculty Profile

CAROLYN WILES HIGDON

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COMMUNICATION SCIENCES & DISORDERS
PROFESSOR OF COMMUNICATION SCIENCES & DISORDERS
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308 GEORGE HALL
UNIVERSITY, MS 38677
(662) 915-5122
Joined UM: 08/15/2000

Areas of Expertise

  • ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY, AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION
  • AUTISM AND EARLY INTERVENTION
  • CASE MANAGEMENT AND LIFE CARE PLANNING
  • CENTRAL AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDERS
  • COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS
  • EDUCATION, MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION
  • EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE AND CLINICAL OUTCOMES
  • HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
  • HEALTH OUTCOMES AND ECONOMICS
  • LARYNGECTOMY, MEDICAL VOICE ISSUES, SPASMODIC DYSPHONIA,
  • ORAL AND PHARYNGEAL DYSPHAGIA
  • PHARMACOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
  • VOICE SCIENCE

Brief Bio

Carolyn Wiles Higdon is Full Professor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and the Communication Sciences and Disorders appointee to 2012-2014 UM Faculty Senate. Dr. Higdon is an adjunct clinical professor to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders/Otolaryngology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Higdon received her doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1988. She is the CEO of Wiles Higdon & Associates, LLC, an international private practice dealing with medical and educational speech language pathology, case management and life care planning, and consulting to school systems, medical practices and law practices. Dr. Higdon is qualified as an expert witness in her specialty areas,and has testified in federal and state court cases. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Vice President of Finances on the American Speech Language Hearing Association's Board of Directors, on the accrediation team for site visits, and is a member of ASHA and RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America). Dr. Higdon is published in the areas of assistive technology/augmentative and alternative communication,case management, life care planning,and voice science. Her research interests are evidence based practice and outcome measures, pharmacological interventions for communication disorders, and future trends in the medical community. Dr. Higdon has testified in front of the American Medical Association, has taken rehabilitation delegations to Russia, China, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Kenya, eastern Europe, and Bosnia, and has consulted to the Department of Labor, Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Higdon teaches undergraduate, graduate courses, and online courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as in assistive technology, and future trends of science and medicine.

Degrees

BS
COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY/KENT, OHIO (1970)
MA
COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY/KENT, OHIO (1972)
PHD
COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA/ATHENS, GEORGIA (1987)

Committee Memberships

Curr & Policy - Sch of App Sciences
Other Kind of Committee
University Standing Committee
Faculty Senate Executive Committee
Faculty Senate Sub-Committee
University Standing Committee