Michelle Mentis, PhD, CCC-SLP

Michelle Mentis, PhD, CCC-SLP

Title
Clinical Professor
Director, Master of Science Program
Email
mmentis@bu.edu
Phone
617-353-7480
Education
B.A. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1981
M.A. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1985
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1988
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Courses Taught

  • Language Sampling Analysis
  • Preschool Language Disorders
  • Introduction to Clinical Practicum

Scholarly and Research Interests

Pediatric language disorders with special interests in the breakdown of language in children and adolescents with different types of language impairment and implications for intervention and intensive intervention for preschool children with language disorders

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Mentis, M., Gavett, E., Constantino, D., & Strand, K. (2014). Requiring Interviews for admission to an MS-SLP Program.  Poster session presented at the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association Convention, Orlando, FL
  • Mentis, M. (2013).  Language Formulation Problems and the ICF:  A Case Example.  Poster session presented at the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Mentis, M. (2012). Language Impairment in Selective Mutism: A Case Study.  Poster session presented at the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association Convention, Atlanta, GA.
  • Mentis, M. (2011).  Profiles of Language Difficulty in Internationally Adopted Children.  Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, San Diego, CA.
  • Mentis, M. (2005). Language Disorders:  Causes, Risk Factors, and Predictors of Need for Evaluation and Intervention.  FCC New England Speech and Language Workshop, Boston, MA.
  • Mentis, M. Abele, E. & Gavett, E.  (1999).  Pragmatic Profiles in School-Aged Children with Asperger’s syndrome.  Poster session presented at American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.
  • Mentis, M. (1998).  In Utero Cocaine Exposure and Language Development.  Seminars in Speech and Language:  Prenatal Cocaine Exposure, 19, 147-165.
  • Mentis, M., Hargrave, J., Gavett, E., & Millen, M.  (1998).  Effectiveness of a Functionally-Based Language Enrichment Program.  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX.
  • Fong, H. & Mentis, M. (1998).  Time Course of Cognitive Activation in Picture Naming.  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX.
  • Mentis, M., Hargrave, J., & Gavett, E.  (1998).  A Functionalist Approach to Language Intervention.  Guest Speakers, Newton Public Schools, Newton, MA.
  • Mentis, M. & Lundgren K.  (1997).   Language and Play Development in Drug-Exposed Children:  Further Data.  American Speech-Language Hearing Association Annual Convention, Boston, MA.
  • Mentis, M., Hargrave, J., Gavett, E., & Millen, M.  (1997).  Effectiveness of a Language Enrichment Program in Three Kindergarten Classrooms.  American Speech-Language Hearing Association Annual Convention, Boston, MA.
  • Diamond, S. & Mentis, M.  (1997).  Word Naming in Moderately Head-Injured Adults. American Speech-Language Hearing Association Annual Convention, Boston, MA.
  • Mentis, M. (1997).  Effects of In-Utero Exposure to Cocaine and Associated Risk Factors on Language Development.  International Congress:  Pediatrics in the Community – 2000+, Israel Ambulatory Pediatric Association, Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Lundgren, K. & Mentis, M. (1996).  Effects of Multiple Risk Factors Including Prenatal Cocaine-Exposure on Exploratory Play.  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Seattle.
  • Mentis, M. & Lundgren, K. (1995).  Effects of prenatal exposure to cocaine and associated risk factors on language development.  Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 6, 1303-1318.
  • Mentis, M., Briggs-Whittaker, J. & Graminga, G.D. (1995).  Discourse topic management in senile dementia of the Alzheimer’s type.  Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 5, 1054-1066.
  • Mentis, M. (1994).  Topic management in discourse:  Assessment and intervention.  Topics in Language Disorders, 14:3, 29-54.
  • Mentis, M., Diamond, S., & Reed, L. (1994).  Effects of lead exposure on language development.  Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Mentis, M., Bankson, N., & Plamondon, J. (1994).  Phonological development in children prenatally exposed to cocaine.  Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Diamond, S. & Mentis, M. (1994).  Discourse cohesion in the conversational speech of three aphasic individuals.  Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Diamond, S. & Mentis, M. (1994).  Language and cognitive deficits following mild head injury.  Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Fong, H. & Mentis, M. (1994).  A preliminary analysis of language in AIDS Dementia Complex.  Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Lundgren K., & Mentis, M. (1994).  Effects of prenatal cocaine-exposure on symbolic play development.  Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Mentis, M., & Lundgren, K. (1993).  Effects of maternal cocaine use on language development.  Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Anaheim, CA.
  • Mentis, M., Whittaker, J., & Graminga, G. (1993).  Discourse topic management in Alzheimer’s disease.  Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Anaheim, CA.
  • Mentis, M. (1991).  Discourse topic management in normal and language-impaired children.  Journal of Childhood Communication Disorders, 14, 45-66.
  • Mentis, M. & Prutting, C.A. (1991).  Analysis of topic as illustrated in a head-injured and normal adult.  Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 34, 583-595.
  • Mentis, M. & Thompson, S.A. (1991).  Discourse:  A means for understanding normal and disordered language.  In T.M. Gallagher (Ed.),Pragmatics of Language:  Clinical Practice Issues (p 199-227).  San Diego:  Singular Publishing Group.
  • Skarakis-Doyle, E. & Mentis, M. (1991).  A discourse approach to language disorders.  Investigating complex sentence production.  In T.M. Gallagher (Ed.), Pragmatics of Language:  Clinical Practice Issues (p 283-306).  San Diego:  Singular Publishing Group.
  • Skarakis-Doyle, E., Fredeen, L., & Mentis, M. (1991).  A pragmatic perspective on complex sentence production in a LD child.  Canada Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Conference.
  • Mentis, M. (1991).  Discourse topic management in head-injured adults.  Massachusetts General Hospital Behavioral Neurology/Neuropsychology Rounds, Boston.
  • Prutting, C.A., Mentis, M. & Zitzer, C.A. (1990).  Philosophy of Science:  A template for understanding our science.  Language Sciences, 12, 379-392.
  • Mentis, M. (1990).  Review of “Language Disorders and Language Development” by Margaret Lahey.  Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics, 11, 224-227.
  • Mentis, M. (1990).  Analysis of topic:  Illustrated in a head-injured and normal adult.  Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Seattle.
  • Mentis, M. (1990).  Understanding discourse analysis:  Overview and implications for assessment and intervention.  Mini-seminar, Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Seattle.
  • Prutting, C.A., Mentis, M. & Nelson, P. (1989).  Critique of Siegel:  The limits of science in communication disorders. Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, 54, 299-300.
  • Mentis, M. (1989).  A multidimensional approach to the assessment and treatment of language disorders.  Guest speaker, Eleventh Annual Communication Disorders Conference, Boston.
  • Mentis, M. (1989).  Discourse analysis in children.  Colloquium, University of Maine.
  • Mentis, M. (1989).  Linguistic analysis.  Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Mentis, M. (1989).  Topic management in the discourse of head-injured adults.  Applied Linguistics Colloquia, Boston University.
  • Mentis, M. & Prutting, C.A. (1987).  Cohesion in the discourse of normal and head injured adults.  Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 30, 88-98.
  • Koegel, R.L. & Mentis, M. (1985).  Motivation in childhood autism:  Can they or won’t they?  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 26, 185-191.
  • Mentis, M. (1985).  Cohesion in the discourse of normal and head-injured adults.  Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Washington, D.C.

Grant Activity

  • National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders 1993-1995: “Effects of Maternal Cocaine Use on Language Development”(Principal Investigator: Michelle Mentis)
  • Boston University Dudley Allen Sargent Research Fund 1993-1994: “Effects of Lead Exposure on Language Development”

Awards and Honors

Award of Merit, Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Sargent College, 1998

Licenses and Certifications

  • Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Board Certified Specialist in Child Language and Language Disorders, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Massachusetts Speech Pathology License
  • Member, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Clinical Practice

For the past fifteen years, I have worked as a clinician providing specialized comprehensive evaluations and individual treatment to children and adolescents with a wide range of developmental and acquired language disorders as well as consultations with parents, schools and other professionals.