Monica Gordon Pershey, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Speech and Hearing Program, Department of  Health Sciences, Cleveland State University, and serves as the Speech and Hearing Program Director. Dr. Gordon Pershey earned Monica Gordon Persheya bachelor’s degree in Communications from Cleveland State University, a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology from Montclair State College, and a Doctor of Education degree in Language Arts and Literacy Instruction from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She has been a faculty member at Cleveland State University since 1995, during which time she has obtained approximately $100,000 in grants to fund her research and scholarship. She is the recipient of the 2005 Elva Knight Research Grant awarded by the International Reading Association.

Dr. Gordon Pershey is the author of numerous articles and presentations in the field of children’s language and literacy development. Additionally, much of her work is related to professional development issues in speech-language pathology and education. Her research has appeared in a variety of journals, including Mental Retardation, Language Awareness, Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Journal of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Educational Research Quarterly, The Clinical Supervisor, Reading Improvement, Reading Horizons, and other journals. She is a manuscript reviewer for The Reading Teacher, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, and other publications and is Associate Editor of Hearsay: Journal of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has presented her research at conferences held by numerous organizations, including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Association for Childhood Education International, the International Dyslexia Association, the United Negro College Fund, the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, the National Institute for People with Disabilities, Head Start, and many others.

Dr. Gordon Pershey is currently analyzing 1200 samples of narrative writing produced by African-American students in grades four and six. The goal of this research is to yield data on the developmental writing capabilities of children from minority and educationally underserved populations and to attempt to gauge students’ developmental written language capacities.

Dr. Gordon Pershey is former Director of Public Information for the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association and was 2007-2009 President of the Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She is the current Chairperson of Professors of Reading Teacher Educators, a Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association. She is a licensed by the state of Ohio as a speech-language pathologist and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is also a licensed school speech-language pathologist and reading teacher. Dr. Gordon Pershey provides speech-language pathology clinical services as a PRN staff member at University Hospitals Health System and maintains a private practice that offers language and literacy assessments for individuals and provides consultation in language and literacy programming and services for schools and agencies. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.