Dr. Brooke Hallowell

Dean of the School of Health Sciences

Springfield College

Brooke Hallowell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is Dean of Health Sciences at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her higher education leadership experience, primarily in a large public university and now in a small private institution, includes service as dean, founding director of three large and successful multi-campus interdisciplinary centers and institutes, associate dean, chair of a large school, administrator of two revenue-generating clinics, president of a national professional organization, and leader of several multinational projects. In addition, she has served as professor, director of a multicenter laboratory, and Ph.D. program coordinator. Hallowell has substantial experience leading and collaborating in interprofessional curricular and extracurricular programming, accreditation, program assessment, grants/scholarship enhancement, technology transfer, shared governance, conflict resolution, student recruitment/retention, alumni engagement, corporate partnerships, fundraising, diversity and antiracism initiatives, global engagement, and campus master
planning for the 10 regional campuses and centers of Ohio University and the seven regional
campuses and online programs of Springfield College.

Hallowell has long been engaged in developing new academic and clinical programs, especially in underserved regions of the world. She is a founding representative of the Global Rehabilitation Alliance, an affiliate of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, and an active consultant to the WHO on guidance regarding COVID-19. She has held appointments at universities in Korea, Malaysia, and Honduras and is involved in academic collaboration in Brazil, Cambodia, China, Honduras, India, Russia, and Vietnam. She chairs the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA’s) working group on Ethics in Global Engagement, and served as Chair of the association’s International Issues Board. She also chaired of the first-ever Global Summit on Higher Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Hallowell’s primary scholarly expertise is in acquired neurogenic communication disorders in adults, including aphasia, dementia, and age-related communication. She has garnered over US$14 million in funded grants as principal and co-principal investigator, and has mentored and supported others in winning over US$150 million in grants and contracts. She is known as a pioneer in the use of eyetracking and pupillometry to study complex diagnostic issues related to cognition and language in adults with neurological disorders, and holds US and international patents on related technology. Additionally, she has long been active in interdisciplinary research and advocacy related to the development of technology to aid people with disabilities, aging and end-of-life care, and training for caregivers of adults with disabilities. She is the sole author of the seminal textbook, “Aphasia and other acquired neurogenic language disorders: A guide for clinical excellence.” Passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration, Hallowell has held adjunct and affiliated appointments in family medicine, biomedical engineering, and Asian studies. Her career history also includes employment as a professional musician, interpreter/translator, and French instructor.

Hallowell earned her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, M.S. from Lamar University, Certificat d’Etudes Supérieures from the Conservatoire National de France, and A.B. (Magna Cum Laude) from Brown University. Select honors and awards include: Honors of the Council, Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders; National Finalist, Thomas Ehrlich Award for Service Learning, Campus Compact, Brown University; Fellow, ASHA; Outstanding Contribution Award, Asia Pacific Society for Speech, Language, and Hearing; Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement, ASHA; Special Distinguished Service Award, Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders; TECHGrowth Ohio Outstanding Faculty Innovation Award; Ohio University’s Recognition Award for Student Organization Advisor; and elected memberships in Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society), Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society of International Scholars), Pi Delta Phi (National French Honor Society), and Phi Beta Kappa (national honor society in liberal arts and sciences).