Tammy Shilling Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Tammy Shilling Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Tammy Shilling Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Title: School Interim Chair
Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology, Graduate Program Director

Office Location: Bell Hall 114
E-mail: tammys@andrews.edu
Phone: (269) 471-3451


Andrews University
Doctorate Degree, 2021
Curriculum & Instruction

Baker University
Master of Science Degree, 1998

University of Kansas Medical Center
Master of Arts Degree, 1992
Speech-Language Pathology

University of Kansas
Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1990
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology


Dr. Shilling received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas in 1990.  She received her Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Kansas Medical center campus in Kansas City, Kansas in 1992.  She furthered her education with a Master of Science degree in Management in 1998 from Baker University in Gardner, Kansas. Recently, Dr. Shilling completed a Ph.D. in Education with a focus in curriculum and instruction at Andrews University in December 2021.
Before joining Andrews University faculty in 2014, Tammy had 22 years of experience as a Speech Language Pathologist clinician as well as Operations and Clinical Management.  She brings experience with adult neurocognitive disorders, Dysphagia, Voice, Tracheostomy and Ventilator, and Modified Barium Swallow Studies in a variety of settings.  Dr. Shilling has worked in Skilled nursing facilities, Home health, Acute care, Rehab hospital, and Outpatient settings.  She has had a passion for clinical education in the field.  Her passion is to ensure that our graduate students in Speech Pathology are prepared for employment and understand the “real working world.”  She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses as well as clinical supervision and specializes in the areas of Swallowing, Voice, and Neurocognitive disorders.

Current Research or Professional Activities

Her research interests in the area of Education include metacognitive learning strategies and promoting student engagement and interaction in the higher education classroom.  She also has research interests in voice health awareness with teachers and occupational voice users and the potential risk for voice disorders.

Teaches the following undergraduate classes:

• Disorders in Voice, Fluency, and Swallowing

She also teaches the following graduate and 5-year classes:

• Dysphagia
• Neurocognitive Disorders
• Research Methods in Speech-language Pathology
• Practicum I
• Practicum II
• Research Option I, II, and III

Scholarly Work:

Tammy Shilling, Heather Verhelle, and Julia Johnson. Online Vocal-health Education Program for Teachers. The Journal of Adventist Education 83(3), 32-35, 2021.

Tome' MC, Shilling T, and Davis BK. Disturbios Motores da Fala. In: Feitosa ALF, Depoli GT, Silva HG. Mapas Conceituais em Fonoaudiologia: Motricidade Orofacial. Ribeirao Preto: BookToy; 2022. p 135-151.

Tammy Shilling, Heather Ferguson, and Jenica Joseph. (2023). Use of the Debriefing Assessment in Healthcare Simulation (DASH)© in Speech-language pathology clinical simulation learning experiences.  Journal of Research on Christian Education. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10656219.2023.2245933

Tammy Shilling, Jerome Thayer, Anneris Coria-Navia, and Heather Ferguson (2023). Student Preferences for Active Learning and Their Beliefs, Experiences, and Knowledge. Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 7(2)  https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.30707/TLCSD7.2.1690393489.74901

Student Research Mentoring:

Research Advisor- Graduate Research project.  Miranda Chahine, Klaudia Stinson, Emmanuel Gyamera. ““Impact of Vocal Health Education and Voice Amplification on Self-Perception of Vocal   Function in College Professors.” 2023-present

Research Advisor- Graduate Research project.  Sloane Jensen. “Quantitative study on social communication scores of young adults with high functioning autism spectrum disorder.” 2022-present

Research Advisor- Graduate Research project. Isabelle Dias, Bernadette Flores, Elli Butikofer. The effects of COVID-19 on cognitive-communication among college age students. 2022-present

Research Advisor- Graduate Research project. Voice Awareness for Teachers: When something goes wrong with your voice- A practical guide. By Heather Verhelle and Julia Johnson. Developed online course via Adventist Learning Communities. 2020-2021.

Research Advisor- Graduate Research project. “The effect of vocal hygiene intervention on college-age students’ perception of voice handicap and acoustic voice quality” by Heidy Beras and Xakeila Byron-Stanley Ringer. 2019-2020.

Research Advisor- Undergraduate Research project. “K-12 Teachers’ awareness and knowledge of voice risk factors” by Heather Baldwin and Julia Johnson. Current 2018-2019.

Research Advisor- Undergraduate Research project.   “A Comparative Analysis
of the Incidence of Voice Disorders Among Black and non-Black Seventh-day
Adventist Preachers” by Nia Darville.  Current-2017-2018

Chair of M.S. Thesis- “A Comparison of vocal health, hygiene, and perceptions in student teachers, voice music majors, and speech language pathology majors: A preliminary study “by Kenreah LaVaughn Brown. Completed and Defended July 2017.