Michelle L. Gutmann

Research Interests / Training Areas:

  • Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Adult neurogenic & neurodegenerative disorders of communication
  • Medical speech-language pathology


Michelle Gutmann is a Clinical Associate Professor and provides clinical education in adult neurogenic and neurodegenerative disorders of communication at both in-house clients and off-campus sites. She came to Purdue in 2015, and teaches the Counseling course for both SLP and AuD students, and currently co-teaches the AAC course to SLPs. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Gutmann has worked primarily with adults, many of whom need AAC secondary to acquired communication disorders. A primary area of emphasis is the use of AAC for people with ALS (aka  Lou Gehrig’s disease). Dr. Gutmann has worked in outpatient rehabilitation settings, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals. After completing her doctorate and prior to coming to Purdue, she served as Speech-Language Pathologist for the ALS Clinic at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and taught the graduate course in AAC to students in the speech-language pathology program. 

 Dr. Gutmann holds the Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) and her Indiana State License in Speech-Language Pathology. She is an active member of ASHA, the Specialty Interest Group in AAC, the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA), and the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA).

 Dr. Gutmann’s research interests include: AAC and ALS (currently working on NIH-SBIR grant), the influence of cognition on the use of AAC, AAC for adults with acquired disorders of communication, speech, language and communication in the geriatric population, and health literacy. 

Recent Publications and Presentations:

Gutmann, M.L. (Summer 2016), Use of Simulation with Standardized Patients (SPs) in AAC Pre-Service Training: Potentiating Practical Learning. Perspectives in AAC

 Rousseau, B., Gutmann, M. L., Mau, I. T., Francis, D. O., Johnson, J. P., Novaleski, C. K., Vinson, K. N., & Garrett, C. G. (2015). Randomized controlled trial of supplemental augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) versus voice rest alone after phonomicrosurgery. American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 152 (3), 494-500. DOI: 10.1177/0194599814566601.

Anderson, K., Boisvert, MK, Doneski-Nicol, J, Gutmann, ML, Hall, NC, Morelock, C, Steele, R. & Cohn, ER, (Fall, 2012), Tele-AAC Resolution. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 4:2, 79-82.

Gutmann, M.L. (2015). Augmentative and Alternative Communication. In Johnson, A.F., & Lof, G. (Eds.) National Speech-Language Pathology Examination Study Guide. TherapyEd: Illinois.

Gutmann, M.L., McBride, L., & Jacobson, B.H. (2015). Communication and Swallowing at the End-of-Life. In Johnson, A.F. & Jacobson, B.H. Medical speech-language pathology: A practitioner’s guide. 3rd ed. Thieme Medical Publishers: New York.

Clinical Associate Professor

Lyles-Porter Hall, Room 2152
Phone: 765-494-3809

Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, Lyles-Porter Hall, 715 Clinic Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2122, PH: (765) 494-3789

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