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New Associate Dean of Compliance and Clinical Affairs for School of Health and Human Services

Published May 31, 2017

Nazareth has appointed Cathy Rasmussen, Ph.D., as the new associate dean of Compliance and Clinical Affairs in the School of Health and Human Services. She will also serve as Director of the York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute. Her new roles begin this summer.

"Dr. Rasmussen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in accreditation and compliance surrounding myriad of areas," said Brigid Noonan, dean of the School of Health and Human Services. "Her extensive leadership skills will assist in strategic direction, oversight, and management in areas related to clinical programs and policy."

Rasmussen will continue working on curricular initiatives to further develop the York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute as a center of excellence for clinical and continuing education. She will work closely with the dean's office in preparing outcome measure data to support institutional effectiveness related to the College's clinical programs and quality assurance standards.

Rasmussen is a professor of Speech-Language Pathology, and was chairperson of the Communication Sciences & Disorders Department for nine years. She joined the Nazareth Speech-Language Pathology Department in August 1995. She was previously a visiting assistant professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

She has done research in the area of spoken language acquisition by children who are deaf, as well as the reception of spoken language by individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. A past president of the National Cued Speech Association, she has presented in many regional, state, and national venues on applications of cueing for both hearing and deaf individuals.

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