Heather M. Clark, Ph.D.

  1. Neurologic Communicative Disorder Specialist
  2. Speech-Language Pathologist


  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Heather M. Clark, Ph.D., is a speech-language pathologist serving children and adults with communication, cognitive, and/or swallowing difficulties. Her clinical focus includes:

  • Evaluation and treatment of adults and children who have difficulty communicating due to congenital, developmental, or acquired neurologic conditions
  • Evaluation and treatment of Individuals with degenerative neurologic conditions, such as PSP, PPA, and ALS
  • Extended consultation and intensive therapy for childhood apraxia of speech (CAS)
  • Assessment and treatment of functional communication disorders

In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Clark is active in research and education, providing mentorship to residents and fellows. She authors scientific articles, textbooks and textbook chapters, and contributes to magazines and newsletters focusing on speech, language, and swallowing topics.

Dr. Clark is the Chair of the Division of Speech Pathology.

  1. Videofluoroscopic swallowing study
  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Brain tumor
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Primary Progressive Aphasia
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Velopharyngeal insufficiency
  • Differential diagnosis of motor speech disorders
  • Treatment incorporating principles of motor learning
  • Treatment targeting neuromuscular impairments (for example, weakness) contributing to speech and swallowing difficulties
  1. 2011
    Post Doctoral Fellowship - Department of Neurology, Speech Pathology Post-Doctoral FellowshipMayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  2. 1996
    Ph.D. - Audiology & Speech PathologyUniversity of Iowa
  3. 1992
    MS - Speech-Language PathologyUniversity of North Dakota
  4. 1990
    BA - Communication DisordersUniversity of North Dakota


  1. 2015
    Neurologic Communicative DisordersAcademy of Neurologic Communicative Disorders
  2. 1994
    Speech-Language PathologyAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Awards and honors

  1. 2018
    Fellowship of the AssociationAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  2. 2012
    Richard H. BarrettInternational Association of Orofacial Myology
  3. 2008
    Reich College of Education Outstanding Teaching AwardAppalachian State University
  4. 2006
    North Carolina Board of Governors Appalachian State University Excellence in Teaching AwardNorth Carolina Board of Governors
  5. 2003
    Public Information AwardNorth Carolina Speech Hearing and Language Association
  6. 2003
    American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Editor's AwardAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  7. 2002
    Reich College of Education Outstanding Teaching AwardAppalachian State University
  8. 1999
    Excellence in Teaching AwardAppalachian State University

Professional memberships

  1. 2018 - present
    Committee MemberTask Force on Defining Success and Failures of Face Transplan
  2. 2018 - present
    MemberNeurology Hospital Practice Committee, Department of Neurology
  3. 2018 - present
    DirectorSpecial Interest Group: Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  4. 2017 - present
    MemberStroke WorkGroup
  5. 2017 - present
    Committee ChairAcademy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences
  6. 2015 - present
    Board MemberCertification Board, Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences
  7. 2012
    ChairConference on Motor Speech
  8. 2012 - present
    Full MemberAcademy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences
  9. 2012 - present
    Full MemberDysphagia Research Society
  10. 2012 - present
    MemberMinnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  11. 2007 - 2009
    Board of DirectorsNorth Carolina Speech Hearing and Language Association
  12. 2001 - 2007
    MemberSteering Committee, Clinical Aphasiology Conference
  13. 1992 - present
    Certified MemberAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association


Research activities

See a description of research activities.