Kimberly Boynton

Faculty Profiles

Kimberly Boyton

Kimberly Boynton

Assistant Professor
Speech Language Pathology
89 Spes Unica Hall


Kimberly Boynton has worked in the Speech Language Pathology field in a variety of organizations, including early intervention programs, private practice, and public schools holding both clinical and administrative positions. She has been involved in the development and implementation of early childhood programming, including language and social emotional aspects, early childhood program development and expansion, curriculum study, public and private early childhood partnerships, community collaboration, and advocacy. She has also served as a mentor, supervisor, and educator of clinical fellowship year speech-language pathologists, speech-language pathology assistants, and speech-language pathology students.


PhD, Indiana State University
MS, Purdue University
BS, Purdue University

Areas of Expertise 

  • Child Language Development and Disorders
  • Child Speech Sound Disorders
  • Early Childhood Development and Education

Research Interests 

  • Child speech and language development and disorders
  • Job satisfaction of school-based speech-language pathologists
  • Recruitment and retention of school-based speech-language pathologists

Courses Recently Taught 

  • SLP 310: Child Language Development
  • SLP 334: Evaluation Procedures in Speech Language Pathology
  • SLP 486: Research Practicum
  • SLP 503: Speech Sound Disorders
  • SLP 505: Early Childhood Language Disorders
  • SLP 506: Later Language Disorders: School-Age Children

Professional Experience 

  • Saint Mary's College, Assistant Professor, 2020–Present
  • Elkhart Community School Corporation, Director of Special Services, August—December, 2019
  • Saint Mary's College, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2018–19
  • Saint Mary's College, Adjunct Clinical Supervisor and Instructor, 2016–18
  • South Bend Community School Corporation, Speech-Language Pathologist, 2017–18
  • Elkhart Community School Corporation, Director of Professional Development, Grant Development, and Pre K Services, 2014–17
  • Elkhart Community School Corporation, Coordinator of Student Services/Pre K Special Education, 2010–14
  • Communication Counts Therapy Services, LLC, Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist, 2007–11
  • Indiana First Steps Program, Speech-Language Pathologist, 2007–11
  • Elkhart Community School Corporation, Speech-Language Pathologist, 2000–07

Creative and Scholarly Work 

*Graduate Student
**Undergraduate Student

  • Boynton, K. A.  (2022). Building a strong language foundation. Elkhart Community Schools Back to School University. Elkhart, IN.(Invited Keynote)
  • Boynton, K. & Cox, L. (2021). Speech-language pathologist and teacher participation in the MTSS process: Perceived skills needed and identified challenges. Council of Administrators of Special Education 2021 Fall Conference. Little Rock, AR.
  • Boynton, K. A. (2021). Job Satisfaction of School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists: Insights to Inform Effective Educational Leadership and Administration. Routledge.
  • Boynton, K. A. (2021). Supporting Early Speech-Language Development: Strategies for Ages 0-8. Routledge.
  • Boynton, K. A., & England, T. (2020). Partnering Together: An Innovative Approach for Recruiting Speech Language Pathologists Using Collaborative Experiential Learning Opportunities. Council of Administrators of Special Education 2020 Fall Conference. Salt Lake City, Utah. [Virtual Conference]
  • Boynton, K. A. & Geels, P. (2019). Communication Counts: Supporting Children with Speech and Language Breakdowns in the Early Childhood Environment. National Association for the Education of Young Children 2019 Annual Conference. Nashville, TN.
  • Boynton, K. A. (2018). Growth Mindset and the Ph.D. Experience. Lecture presented at Indiana State University Educational Leadership Department Student Lecture, Terre Haute, Indiana.
  • Boynton, K. A. (2016). Preschool: A Solid Beginning for Each Child's Journey: Community ED Talk. Elkhart, IN.
  • Boynton, K. A. (2012). English Language Learners and Speech. Invited presentation to Head Start Family Summit, Goshen, IN.
  • Boynton, K. A. & Duncan, C. (2012). Sensory Processing and the Communication Connection. Invited presentation to ADEC, Elkhart, IN.
  • Boynton, K. A. (2011). Speech and Language Development. Invited presentation to St. Joseph and Elkhart County Head Start Consortium, Elkhart, IN.
  • Banasiak, S.*, Brogan, K.*, Peppin, A.*, Roman, S.*, Tussey, M.*,  & Boynton, K. A. (2020). Prevalence of tier 2 words in popular preschool literature [Poster session canceled]. 83rd Annual Spring Convention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Indianapolis, IN.
  • Baumann, M.**, Duda, E.**, Boynton, K. (2021). A survey of the challenges impacting participation in multi-tiered systems of supports. Saint Mary's College Research Spotlight: Speech Language Pathology. Notre Dame, IN.
  • Cook, C.*, Lichtenberger, N.*, O’Rourke, M.*, Phillips, J.*, Swank, T.*, & Boynton, K. A. (2019). Preschool-age storybooks: Targeting morpheme development in children two to five years of age.  82nd Annual Spring Convention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Indianapolis, IN. [Poster Presentation: student led research]
  • Copley, C.*, Bounds, K.*, Smock, A.*, Purvis, J.*, Davis, A.*, &  Boynton, K. A. (2020). Help pwease! Effectiveness of motor-based and phonologically-based treatment approaches in children with speech sound disorders  [Poster session canceled]. 83rd Annual Spring Convention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Indianapolis, IN.
  • Gabica, K.*, McClure, S*., Schuerman, T.*, Skornia, K.*, Willing, R.*, & Boynton, K. A. (2019). The effect of consistent treatment approaches on the remediation of speech sound disorders. 82nd Annual Spring Convention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Indianapolis, IN.  [Poster Presentation: student led research]
  •  Geelan, R.**, Kennedy, A.**, & Boynton, K. (2021). Service delivery models and tiered intervention participation among school-based speech-language pathologists in New York state. Saint Mary's College Research Spotlight: Speech Language Pathology. Notre Dame, IN.
  • Geelan, R.** & Boynton, K. A. (2021). A study of perceived challenges impacting school-based speech-language pathologist collaborative practice. Saint Mary's College Revise, Revere, Reimagine: A Symposium of Research and Creative Works.
  • Haseley, K.*, Nguyen, V.*, Hatton, C.*, McNamara, M.*, Huiskens, K.*, Sherman, A.*, Boynton, K. A. (2022). The effects of LAMP and PECS on increasing functional expressive communication in childhood apraxia of speech. 85th Annual Spring Convention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Indianapolis, IN.
  • Koomler, A.*, Makela, M.*, Saalfrank, J.*, Eckrich, H.*, Lemus, A.*, & Boynton, K. A. (2019).  Effective emergent literacy resources and interventions for preschool-age children with autism spectrum disorder. 82nd Annual Spring Convention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Indianapolis, IN. [Poster Presentation: student led research]
  • Krockey, I.*, Collier, S.*, McCabe, C.*, Casaburo, T.*, Coronado, K.*, & Boynton, K. (2021). The effects of telepractice vs. in-person therapy. Saint Mary’s College Spotlight: Graduate Programs. Notre Dame, IN.
  • Meis, C.*, Monroe, M.*, Skirvin, B.*, Lewis, E.*, & Boynton, K. (2021). Speech-language pathology services delivered in-person vs. teletherapy: A 4-year-old male client with a  developmental disorder. Saint Mary’s College Spotlight: Graduate Programs. Notre Dame, IN.
  • Paul, E.**, Kriegal, A.**, Spore, H.**, McCulloch, M.**, Minnich, I.**, Harretos, K.**, Boynton, K. A. (2022). The impact of remediation on progression or regression in a preschool child diagnosed with a phonological disorder. 85th Annual Spring Convention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Indianapolis, IN.
  • Stickell, M.**, Thorson, O.**, & Boynton, K. (2021). Survey of the skills and challenges impacting speech-language pathologist participation in response to intervention. Saint Mary's College Research Spotlight: Speech Language Pathology. Notre Dame, IN.
  • Susaraba, S.*, Cofer, M.*, Hughes, I.*, Matcalf, S.*, Stallion, K.*, & Boynton, K. A. (2020). AAC and me, an informational guide for speech-language pathologists [Poster session canceled]. 83rd Annual Spring Convention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Indianapolis, IN.
  • Youngdahl, C., Boynton, K., & Hickey, T. (2022). Bilingual speech and language assessment. Invited presentation. Elkhart County Special Education Cooperative. Goshen, IN.

Professional Memberships 

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association SIG 01 Language Learning and Education
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association SIG 16 School-Based Issues Council for Exceptional Children
  • Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education
  • Indiana Department of Education Superintendent's License
  • Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, Licensed Speech Language Pathologist
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • State of Indiana Director of Exceptional Needs Administration License
  • State of Indiana Teacher's License, Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinician
  • Views on Learning, Inc. Board President
  • Indiana Speech Language Hearing Association