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Curriculum Vitae: 

Speech & Hearing Sciences
1417 NE 42nd St, Seattle, WA 98105
Eagleson 252


Associate Teaching Professor
PhD Rehabilitation Science, University of Washington (2013)
MA Speech-Language Pathology, California State University, Fresno (2000)
Academic Expertise: 
Acquired neurological communication disorders
Interprofessional education (IPE)
Accent modification
Honors & Awards: 
Distinguished Teaching Award Nomination (2020)
ASHA Editor's Award. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (2016)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship (2012)
ASHA Editor’s Award. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (2012)

Michael Burns joined the Speech and Hearing Sciences faculty initally as a teaching assistant in 2008 during his Ph.D. program. He taught several graduate and undergradaute courses in the SPHSC department before completing his doctoral program in 2013. Since then, he has continued to teach courses in the SPHSC department as a Clinical Instructor and most recently as an Associate Teaching Professor, as well as to supervise graduate SLP and AuD students in the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic. From 2017-2023, he also served as the director of the SPHSC Bachelor of Science program.

Dr.  Burns' research focuses on helping individuals with communication disorders increase their access to quality health care services through improved patient-provider communication during medical interactions. Specifically, this research involves training students and licensed health care providers from different medical disciplines to communicate more effectively when interacting with patients who have communication disorders. To date, this research has trained over 500 medical, nursing, and rehabilitation students at UW.  

Dr. Burns teaches several courses in both the Bachelor's and Master's degree programs, primarily focused on the anatomy and neuroanatomy and physiology of communication, as well as acquired communication disorders. Dr. Burns also supervises graduate SLP students in the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic in evaluation and treatment rotations serving adults with acquired neurological disorders. 


Recent Publications
Assessing the Believability of Standardized Patients Trained to Portray Communication Disorders. (2017 Aug 15) Am J Speech Lang Pathol 26(3): 791-805 Baylor C, Burns MI, Struijk J, Herron L, Mach H, Yorkston K