Misericordia University Professor Glen M. Tellis, Ph.D., of Dallas, Pa., has been named a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), one of the highest honors awarded by the national professional, scientific and credentialing organization. Dr. Tellis, a board-certified fluency specialist, has been department chair and a professor of speech-language pathology in the College of Health Sciences and Education at Misericordia University since 2006.
Dr. Tellis is one of 15 professionals in the United States named a fellow by the organization's Committee of Honors in 2017. ASHA represents 191,500 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel and students.
Dr. Tellis earned his Ph.D. in communication sciences and disorders from The Pennsylvania State University, State College. He holds a master's degree in speech pathology from California State University, Fresno, California, and a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology, with a minor in anthropology, from St. Xavier's College, the University of Bombay, Mumbai, India.
His research interests include fluency disorders, multicultural issues, research designs, treatment efficacy research, advanced digital technology, and clinical outcomes. Dr. Tellis frequently presents scholarly papers at national and international conferences. He has published articles about stuttering and other fluency disorders, as well as articles that pertain to culturally and linguistically diverse populations. He has received externally funded grants for his research and has conducted numerous workshops on multicultural issues in communication disorders as well as assessment and treatment of stuttering.
Dr. Tellis is past president of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language Hearing Association. In addition, he has served as an editorial consultant and reviewer for the Journal of Speech-Language and Hearing Research; Journal of Communication Disorders; Journal of Fluency Disorders; Journal of Multilingual Communication Disorders, and American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. He has served as an advisory board member of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh - Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania, as a committee member of the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders, the National Stuttering Association's Insurance Advocacy Board, and the Academic Affairs Board of ASHA. He also has served as chair for numerous conferences and boards.
In 2016, he was a member of the student-faculty research team in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Misericordia University that presented two scientific research studies at the Society for Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy Biennial Meeting in Paris, France. The team shared four papers on their research using Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), a diffuse optical technique that uses a light source in the electromagnetic spectrum to measure hemoglobin concentration changes in real time at the surface of the brain. These changes alert investigators to areas of the brain related to a specific task, such as talking or stuttering.
Most recently, Dr. Tellis co-authored the article, "Using Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy with Fluent Speakers to Determine Hemoglobin Changes in the Brain during Speech and Non-Speech Tasks,"' published in the online edition of NIR news, Volume 27 Issue 3 (2016). NIR news is the official newsletter of the International Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy.For more information about the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu/slp.