University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Mary Alice Favro

Mary Alice Favro, M.A., CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders
VT LEND Clinical Director & Associate Training Director

Mary Alice FavroOffice: UHC 477 RE4 Rm. 318, 1 South Prospect St.
Voice mail: (802) 656-1915
Fax: (802) 656-9523

Mary Alice Favro is clinical associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and is clinical director and associate training director for the Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (VT LEND) program. She is responsible for overseeing all internships within VT LEND and collaborates in program and curriculum development. She teaches graduate level courses in augmentative communication and undergraduate courses in communication sciences and disorders. She also supervises a weekly group for individuals with aphasia. Before coming to UVM, she worked with children aged 0 to 3 years in a home-based early intervention program and in school systems as an augmentative communication specialist. Particular areas of interest include training culturally responsive clinicians and future leaders, Universal Design for Learning, community and classroom-based communication programming for students with multiple disabilities, and supporting adults with developmental disabilities to become effective communicators.


M.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1983
B.A., Elmira College, Elmira, NY, 1981

Courses Taught

CSD 311 – Interdisciplinary Seminar in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities I (co-taught with Dr. Mercedes Avila)
CSD 312- Interdisciplinary Seminar in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities II (co-taught with Dr. Mercedes Avila)
CSD 313 - Augmentative Communication
CSD 196 – Clinical Introduction to Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (co-taught with Dr. Elizabeth Adams)

Selected Presentations

Favro, M.A.  & Velleman, S. Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Lessons learned and in progress. .Newport Beach, CA: Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD), Friday, April 17, 2015.

Favro, M.A. & Fulcher, A. Medicaid Funding of iPads for Communication: Vermont's Journey. Orlando, FL: Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), January 30, 2015.

Potvin, M-C & Favro, M.A. Transitioning to Distance Learning: A Roadmap for LEND programs.  Washington, DC: AUCD Annual Convention, November 19, 2013.

Favro, M.A., O'Rourke, D., Contompasis, S., Beatson, J. Collaborating Health Care Professions. Northfield VT: Area Health Education Focus on Health Careers Conference, November 2, 2013.

Favro, M.A., Contompasis, S., Buscaglia, C., Hancock, E., Leffel, K., and O'Rourke, D. Does Physical Activity Have an Impact on Behavior, Social Interaction and/or Functioning at School in Children with ASD? Washington, DC: AUCD Annual Convention, December, 2012.

Favro, M.A. Meet the Professionals Panel.  Rutland, VT: Area Health Education Collaborative CollegeQuest Program. July 18, 2013.

Favro, M.A. Family Centered Care Training. Starksboro, VT: Camp Kaleidoscope Staff Training, June 23, 2011.

MacDonald, M., Lavigne, C., Favro, M.A.,& Salambier, G.  The Use of AAC to Support Alternative Assessment Portfolio Goals.  Philadelphia, PA: ASHA Convention, November, 2010.

Contompasis, S., Favro, M.A., Beatson, J., Castro, E.M. & Dennis, R. Providing Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance via Skype to a Honduran Rehabilitation Center. Arlington, VA: AUCD Annual Conference, November, 2010.

Honors & Awards
  • Vermont Agency of Human Services Secretary's Community Award, presented to the Vermont Communication Task Force, December 2007
  • ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE),1994 & 2007
Professional Affiliations

American Speech, Language & Hearing Association (ASHA)
Vermont Speech, Language & Hearing Association (VSHA)
Special Interest Division-12, Augmentative Alternative Communication
ISAAC (International Society of AAC)
USSACC (United States Society of AAC)

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