Maggie Scarlett received her BS from the speech-language pathology (SLP) program at UW (1963) and an MS from Colorado State University (1965). She worked as an SLP for over 21 years in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah in both school and medical settings, including Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City and Denver Children’s Hospital. During her time as a practitioner, Maggie experienced firsthand the challenges of providing services in rural settings, as well as the obstacles to obtaining continuing education and updated information on clinical practices.
Maggie and her husband, Dick Scarlett, knew the Barbara L. Kahn story. Barbara, the first UW student to graduate as a speech-correctionist in 1951, died in a horse accident in 1952. From 2003-2016 the Division of Communication Disorders offered a summer lecture series supported by the Barbara L. Kahn Foundation. Recently the Division had to redirect those funds to other purposes. When the Scarletts learned of this, they saw the need to establish an endowed summer lecture series. The Maggie Scarlett Summer Speaker Series will provide generations of SLPs with innovative continuing education that will enhance practices across Wyoming and the region.
Margaret Lehman Blake, PhD, CCC-SLP
Margaret Lehman Blake, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston, and served as the President of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences (ANCDS) in 2014.
Dr. Blake’s research focuses on cognitive-communication disorders associated with right hemisphere brain damage (RHD) and mild traumatic brain injury. She has authored numerous articles and chapters on RHD, and has presented nationally and internationally on evidence-based practice for disorders associated with RHD. Dr. Blake also presents on ethics for speech-language pathologists.
Elizabeth Griffith, PhD
Elizabeth Griffith, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Developmental Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a practicing Psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She received her doctorate from the University of Denver and completed her clinical training at the University of Alabama Birmingham’s LEND program.
Dr. Griffith works with children and their families, specializing in concerns with development and behavior. She is skilled at diagnosing and intervening with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Griffith’s current focus is on supporting very young children with autism and their families. She directs CU’s Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Program, which includes the clinical service Coaching Families in the Strategies of ESDM, research around meaningful outcomes of intervention, and the ESDM Training Program.