Janna is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics. She also directs the Language Development and Disorders Lab, where she and her students study the nature of child language development and disorders within the context of different dialects of English and poverty, language testing methods, and caregiver education and prevention practices in the field of speech-language pathology. Her work has been funded by numerous agencies, including the National Institute of Deafness & Other Communication Disorders, the Department of Education, and the American Speech Language Hearing Foundation. She also has helped secure funding for graduate students from the National Institutes of Health, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, and the Southern Regional Education Board, and she has served as a mentor to undergraduate students as part of various programs. Janna is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has served as Editor and Associated Editor of Language for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. She is also a Fellow of the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association and served as Vice President and President of this organization in 2001 and 2002.
Augustana College, Speech-Language Pathology, BA, 1986
University of Kansas, Speech-Language Pathology, MA, 1988
University of Kansas, Child Language, PhD, 1992