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Curriculum Vitae: 

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


Associate Teaching Professor
Director, SPHSC Bachelor of Science Program
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. In 2017, he also became 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 undergradaute courses on anatomy and physiology of speech production (SPHSC 320) and neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of communication (SPHSC 425). He teaches the SLP graduate Neuroanatomy (SPHSC 501) course, the 2nd year SLP graduate ProSeminar (SPHSC 565) course, and co-teaches a course on improving patient-provider communication for patients with communication disorders (SPHSC 449) open to both undergraduate and graduate students. 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
The Landscape of Potential Small and Drug Substance Related Nitrosamines in Pharmaceuticals. (2022 Nov 17) J Pharm Sci Schlingemann J, Burns MJ, Ponting DJ, Martins Avila C, Romero NE, Jaywant MA, Smith GF, Ashworth IW, Simon S, Saal C, Wilk A

Understanding How Older Adults with Communication Difficulties Access Health Services: What We Can Learn from the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS). (2022 Jun) Semin Speech Lang 43(3): 176-197 Baylor C, Brown C, Mroz TM, Burns M

Training students from rehabilitation professions on communicating with patients with communication disorders. (2022 Jan) PM R 14(1): 58-67 Mach H, Baylor C, Burns M, Yorkston K

Teaching Medical Students Skills for Effective Communication With Patients Who Have Communication Disorders. (2019 Feb 21) Am J Speech Lang Pathol 28(1): 155-164 Baylor C, Burns M, McDonough K, Mach H, Yorkston K

"I would have told you about being forgetful, but I forgot": the experience of cognitive changes and communicative participation after head and neck cancer. (2020 Apr) Disabil Rehabil 42(7): 931-939 Bolt S, Baylor C, Burns M, Eadie T