Kevin Pitt

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AAC Translation Lab

Kevin Pitt Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Speech-Language-Hearing, University of Kansas, 2019
M.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology, Missouri State University, 2013
B.S., Radiologic Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2009
AAS., Radiologic Technology, St. Louis Community College Forest Park, 2006

Kevin Pitt, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, joined the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders as an assistant professor in August 2019. He is also the director of the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Translation (AACT) Lab, where his research focuses on the development and implementation of AAC devices for adults and children with severe physical impairments.

Kevin's long-term goal for the AACT Lab is to translate new AAC access technologies, with a primary focus on brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies, out of the laboratory setting and into clinical practice. These efforts hope to support the smooth incorporation of BCI into existing clinical practices alongside existing AAC techniques, and support fully inclusive access options across the lifespan.

In addition to his research, Kevin teaches Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing, while co-teaching the Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) course.

Prior to arriving at Nebraska, Kevin spent five years as a graduate research assistant at the Speech and Applied Neuroscience Lab at the University of Kansas. He began his career as a Radiologic Technologist and a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist at St. Louis University Hospital, before transitioning to a career in speech-language pathology.

Kevin earned his associate's degree in radiologic technology and his bachelor's in radiologic science. He earned his master's in communication sciences and disorders from Missouri State University, before completing his doctorate in speech-language-hearing at the University of Kansas.

Areas of Expertise:

    Clinical application of brain-controlled computers, AKA brain-computer interfaces (BCI)
    Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
    Cognitive, sensory, and motor integration for communication

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2021, ASHA Lessons for Success Mentorship Program2020-21, ASHA Pathways Research Mentorship Program2020-21, Scholarly Enhancement Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2020-21, NSF Career Club, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2018, Special Interest Group 19 (Speech Science) recognition for innovation and excellence2018, Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Travel Fund, College of Research Excellence, University of Kansas2016, Student Research Travel Award, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association2016, Meritorious Research Poster Award, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association2016, Margaret C. Byrne Sarricks PhD Graduate Research Award, Department of Speech-Language Hearing, University of Kansas2013, Laura Beth Windham Award for Clinical Performance in Speech-Language Pathology, Missouri State University2012, Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association Outstanding Student Nominee, Missouri State University2006, Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award for Radiology, Department of Radiologic Technology, St. Louis Community College Forest Park
2019-present, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2013-14, Speech-Language Pathologist, Innovative Therapy Solutions, and Reagan Rehab, Missouri2012-19, Graduate Research Assistant2009-10, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist, St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri2006-07, Radiologic Technologist, St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association