Roberta DePompei / Pediatric Co-Chair

Dr. DePompei is a Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Akron. Her major area of research and interest is in cognitive-communicative challenges to individuals with brain injury and the impact of brain injury on the family system. An advocate for the needs of youths with brain injuries and their families, she is on numerous national task forces and committees, as well as co-chair of the Special Interest Group on Children and Adolescents with Brain Injuries for the Brain Injury Association of America. She has helped to develop support groups and a community based collaborative of agencies to problem solve issues for this population. Widely published, and a national and international presenter, Dr DePompei is recognized for her unique and innovative approaches for functional community inclusion. Her specialty is the impact of brain injury upon speech, language, communication, and learning. She was awarded the Sheldon Berrol, M.D. Clinical Service award by BIAA in July, 2002. She received the Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation in March, 2004; Fellow of the American Speech-Language –Hearing Association in 2006 and the Legends Award from the North American Brain Injury Society in 2008.