Kazlin N. Mason

Clinical Instructor & SCJC Speech Pathologist

  • Ph.D., East Carolina University
  • M.S., State University of New York at Fredonia
  • B.S., State University of New York at Fredonia

Dr. Kazlin Mason is serving as a Clinical Instructor in the Curry School of Education's Department of Human Services' Sheila C. Johnson Center.  She holds a doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University. She is skilled in the delivery of clinical services for both children and adults and has experience in a variety of inpatient and outpatient medical settings including children’s hospitals (inpatient, outpatient, and NICU), outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and skilled nursing facilities.

Dr. Mason specializes in velopharyngeal dysfunction and resonance disorders. She frequently completes instrumental speech and swallowing assessments, is FEES certified, and experienced in endoscopic assessment for the evaluation of velopharyngeal dysfunction. She serves as the coordinator for the voice and resonance disorders program in the Sheila C. Johnson Center where she provides speech evaluations and therapy for individuals with speech errors related to cleft palate and velopharyngeal dysfunction. Other areas of clinical expertise include motor speech disorders, speech sound disorders, craniofacial feeding/swallowing disorders, pediatric voice disorders, accent modification, and treatment for acquired cognitive communication disorders. 

Research Interests

Dr. Mason’s area of research focuses on the anatomical foundations for successful surgical and speech outcomes in children with velopharyngeal dysfunction and associated cleft and craniofacial anomalies. Her work utilizes MRI and 3D computer visualization technology to study anatomy and the surgical approaches used to treat craniofacial anomalies. Current collaborative work aims to examine how variations in pre-operative anatomy impact post-operative speech and surgical outcomes in children born with cleft palate. Additional projects include clinical outcomes monitoring, data/healthcare analytics, and modeling of the post-surgical velopharyngeal mechanism. Dr. Mason serves as a research collaborator and speech pathologist (PRN) on the craniofacial team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She also provides support and training through surgical mission trips in collaboration with Smiles International Foundation.