Shannon M. Theis, PhD, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor
Department of Speech-Language Pathology, College of Health Sciences
Role: Faculty
Joined Rush in 2019


I am an assistant professor with the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences. I have specialized in caring for children with craniofacial anomalies/cleft lip and palate, feeding/swallowing difficulties, pediatric voice/resonance and upper airway disorders for nearly 20 years. I am also an active clinical researcher and presenter and have published several articles and book chapters related to pediatric voice and feeding. My research interests include pediatric outcomes and health-related quality of life.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I was inspired to specialize in craniofacial anomalies/cleft lip and palate from my experiences in graduate school using an inter-professional team approach. To be able to provide a child with a complex medical history with the opportunity to communicate and “use” their voice is truly remarkable.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

The ability to provide excellent patient care, train future clinicians, conduct cutting-edge research and partner with community organizations is what I love about my work at Rush.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

I feel very fortunate to have the support of my department to participate in the mentoring program at Rush. Mentorship is something to be valued at all levels of career development and the relationships that one cultivates can last a lifetime, leading to both professional and personal growth.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Always be open to new experiences and learning opportunities.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy reading, cooking, spending time with my family and being outdoors.