Deann O’Lenick, PHD, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor, MS-SLP Program


Dallas, TX


College of Rehabilitative Sciences


Adult Rehabilitation
Autism Spectrum Disorder
End-of-Life Care
Interprofessional Education
Long Term / Rehabilitation Nursing
Neurological Rehabilitation
School Systems
Traumatic Brain Injuries


Doctor of Philosophy in Early Child Development and Education, Texas Woman's University
Master of Business Administration, Our Lady of the Lake University
Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology, Texas Tech University
Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders, North Dakota State University

Research Interests

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Family Role in AAC

Dr. Deann O’Lenick joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2021 as a core faculty member in the Master of Speech-Language Pathology Program on the Dallas, TX campus. Dr. O’Lenick received her Bachelor of Science from North Dakota State University, Master of Science from Texas Tech University, Master of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University and Doctor of Philosophy from Texas Woman’s University.

Teaching has long been a priority of Dr. O’Lenick. She has built businesses and founded nonprofits to further the conversations about augmentative communication. These include O’Lenick Consulting, LLC, SymbolSpeak, LLC, Emmerzion, LLC, Hear MY Voice-Language Through augmentative and alternative communication and Halakah.

Dr. O’Lenick’s work history includes research in the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, providing evaluations and interventions and caregiver education in early childhood intervention programs, public schools, state supported living centers, private practices, home health and long-term care facilities. Her specialty areas include complex communication needs such as augmentative and alternative communication, behavioral communication disorders and autism, and swallowing impairments for people with complex needs.