April Jardes

Clinical Instructor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Saint Luke's College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Van Ackeren 405

Additional Positions 

Clinical Coordinator


Clinical Doctorate in Speech Language Pathology Speech Language Pathology, University of Kansas Medical Center
M.S. Speech Language Pathology, University of Central Missouri

Professional Licensures and Certifications 

Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Brain Injury Association of America - 2017
Speech Language Pathologist State of Kansas, Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services - 2014
Speech Language Pathologist State of Missouri, Missouri State Board of Professional Registration for the Healing Arts - 2007
Speech Language Pathologist CCC, American Speech Language and Hearing Association - 2007


April Jardes is a Speech Language Pathologist and Clinical Coordinator for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Masters of Science Program at Rockhurst University, where she oversees all areas of Graduate and Undergraduate student clinical education and manages campus and community clinical fieldwork placements. 

In addition to cultivating and scheduling student placements, Dr. Jardes teaches courses in Methods of Clinical Practice, Ethics, Neural Basis of Communication, and Cognitive Communication. She also supervises Graduate and Undergraduate student clinicians who provide services to clients, both on campus and in the community. Her scholarship interests primarily include clinical supervision and mentorship and interprofessional education. 

Dr. Jardes is a practicing Speech Language Pathologist with interest in Neurologic Communication Disorders of Adult and Pediatric patients, and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist through the Brain Injury Association of America. As an SLP, she enjoys researching and working with clients toward functional community reintegration after a Brain Injury or Stroke.

She lives in Lenexa, Kansas, with her husband Brian and sons Decker and Duke. She enjoys spending time on the family farm, going to the lake, or enjoying the Kansas City scene with her family and friends.