Mary Sweig Wilson, PhD (CCC-SLP) is the President and CEO of Laureate Learning Systems. She received her Bachelor's degree from Smith College, Master's degree from Emerson College, and Doctorate in Communicative Disorders from Northwestern University. Dr. Wilson is a Professor Emerita of Communication Sciences at the University of Vermont, where she taught and conducted research for 25 years, served as Director of the E.M. Luse Center for Communication Disorders for 10 years, Program Director of Speech Pathology and Audiology for 6 years, and Acting Chairperson of the newly formed Department from 1977-1980.
She is a practicing speech-language pathologist with over 40 years of clinical experience in language intervention. Dr. Wilson's clinical expertise is complemented by ongoing scholarship in contemporary linguistic theory. She lectures frequently on the theoretical and research bases of language intervention and has presented seminars on this topic at several recent annual meetings of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Dr. Wilson also has more than 35 years of clinical materials development and validation experience. The Wilson Initial Syntax Program (Wilson, 1972) was the first commercially available language intervention program to incorporate linguist Noam Chomsky's Aspects model of syntax (Chomsky, 1965).
Dr. Wilson has been honored in numerous ways for her contributions to the field of communication disorders. She has been a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 1979, received Honors of the Vermont Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1980, was the Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Worcester State College in 1984, and was given an Alumni Achievement Award from Emerson College in 1995 for her outstanding contributions to the field of communication disorders. Dr. Wilson also received the 1996 TAM Leadership Award given for "exemplary vision and leadership in the application of technology and media for children, youth, and adults with disabilities." Copyright Laureate Learning.