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Kristy Simak

Title:Asst Prof Lecturer
Office:Pacelli Hall
Department:Comm. Sci. & Disorders


Kristina Simak, MA, CCC-SLP/L, is a professorial lecturer in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Division. Simak holds a bachelor's in speech and hearing science with a minor in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also completed her master's in speech-language pathology.

Before joining the faculty at Saint Xavier in summer 2022, Simak practiced as a bilingual speech-language pathologist in the elementary school setting for 10 years in the western suburbs.

At SXU, Simak teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to multicultural language issues and language development. She is also a clinical professor in the Ludden Speech and Language Clinic, overseeing students' diagnostic, prevention and therapy practicum experiences across various diagnoses and age groups.


M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.S. in Speech and Hearing Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Areas of Specialization

  • Bilingual language evaluations and treatment.
  • Bilingual language development and disorders.
  • Assessment and implementation of IEPs for bilingual elementary students.
  • Childhood articulation, language and social/pragmatic language disorders.


  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Illinois

Specialized Clinical Interests

  • Bilingual language development and disorders.
  • Staff and family education.
  • Multicultural and multilingual issues.

Courses Taught

  • CSDI 317: Multicultural Aspects of Communication
  • CSDI 306: Language Disorders in Children
  • CSDIG 510: Practicum in Diagnostics
  • CSDIG 514: Practicum in Prevention
  • CSDIG 515: Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology I
  • CSDIG 516: Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology II