Shatonda Jones

Shatonda Jones
Department Co-Chair
Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Saint Luke's College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Van Ackeren 305B

Additional Positions 

Department Co-Chair Communication Sciences and Disorders
CSD Undergraduate Program Director


Ph.D. Therapeutic Science, University of Kansas (Medical Center)
Certificate Contemporary Black Catholic Spirituality, Loyola Marymount University (Center for Religion and Spirituality)
M.A. Speech Pathology, University of Iowa
B.S. Speech Pathology, University of Tulsa
MPS Pastoral Studies (In Progress), Loyola University New Orleans (Loyola Institute for Ministry, LIM)

Professional Licensures and Certifications 

MDTP Certified Provider, - 2022
Mental Health First Aider, Missouri Mental Health First Aid - 2021
AmpCare Certified Provider, AmpCare - 2021
Kansas License Speech Language Pathology, - 2021
ACBIS Fundamentals Trainer, ACBIS - 2020
Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer, Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists - 2017
Interactive Metronome, Interactive Metronome - 2015
Vital Stim Certified Provider, - 2010
Speech Language Pathologist State of Missouri, Missouri Board of Healing Arts - 2006
Certificate of Clinical Competence Speech Language Pathology, American Speech Language Hearing Association - 2005


Shatonda S. Jones, PhD, CCC-SLP, CBIST, pronouns she/her/hers, is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr. Jones specializes in adult and geriatric populations with neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders and has worked extensively with stroke survivors and their families. She has a particular interest in motor speech disorders, particularly dysarthria, and dysphagia. Dr. Jones also provides voice and speech consulting to transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Dr. Jones teaches in the undergraduate, speech language pathology assistant certificate, post bachelors, and graduate programs. Her courses include motor speech disorders, swallowing disorders, anatomy and physiology, clinical methods for the speech language pathology assistant, and clinical management of adult populations. Her research interests are varied and include diffusion and dissemination of health information and community and individual preparedness and response to health threats, edutainment, vowel erosion, and use of accessible technology in the clinic. She is also interested in topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion with specific focus on bandwidth recovery in BIPOC communities and access to healthcare and education for individuals with socially marginalized identities. Dr. Jones regularly presents nationally and regionally. Dr. Jones is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer through the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists. She completed the Stanford University Internet Based Successful Aging Mini-Fellowship (iSage) in Ethnogeriatrics. Additionally, Dr. Jones is an AMP Care Certified User and Vital Stim provider. Dr. Jones is very active in service. She is a past member of the American Stroke Foundation’s Board of Directors and has served on the Missouri Speech and Hearing Association board as the Vice President for Clinical Services. She served as a member of American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Continuing Education Board (CEB) and chaired the board’s only standing committee, Regulations and Monitoring. In addition, she has also served on ASHA’s ad-hoc committee on non-clinical specialty recognition as a representative for the CEB. She has also served as topic committee member for the annual ASHA Convention (motor speech disorders). Dr. Jones has been a Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) site visitor and is currently a member of the CAA. She co-chaired Rockhurst University’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is currently the Chair of the Faculty Senate. Dr. Jones is also very engaged with the mission of Rockhurst. She is a proud graduate of the Ignatian Colleagues Program, cohort 11. She is also a past faculty fellow for Mission and Ministry at Rockhurst. During her time as faculty fellow for Mission and Ministry she was mentored by the RU Vice President of Mission and Ministry and helped to deliver the Cardoner Program. When not engaging in teaching, scholarship, and service, Dr. Jones enjoys learning Korean, Filipino, and Esperanto languages, listening to K-pop, dancing, cooking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family, friends, and her cat, Madison.