Ms. Richards obtained her B.A. in Mass Communications at Truman State University and her M.Ed. in Communication Disorders at Northeastern State University (Oklahoma).
Ms. Richards obtained her B.A. in mass communication at Truman State University in 1990 and her MEd in communication disorders at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma in 1995.
In 2004, Truman was happy to welcome Andrea Richards, MEd, CCC, SLP as an instructor and clinical supervisor in the CMDS department. Prior to Truman, Ms. Richards worked as a medical speech-language pathologist in the areas of early intervention, acute care, rehabilitation, skilled-nursing, home-health, newborn hearing screenings, and outpatient clinics. Her specialties include dysphagia (swallowing disorders), early intervention, and adult acquired disorders (stroke and traumatic brain injury). Ms. Richards has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Introduction to Communication Disorders, Professional Issues, and courses in acquired disorders of language, medical speech-language pathology, neurogenics, and dysphagia. She is a registered VitalStim therapy provider and a provider for Missouri First Steps.
In May, 2011, Ms. Richards, along with Dean Janet Gooch and alumna Bridget Conant, organized and supervised the first CMDS Experience in Mexico, with 24 CMDS students. This has since become an annual May interim event led by Ms. Richards. An additional class has been added to the Winter Interim to now provide two opportunities a year for the students.
She is the chapter advisor and an alumna of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority on campus.
Ms. Richards supervises a wide variety of student clinical assignments, including services provided via TeleHealth and SKYPE in the Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic and regional First Steps clients.
Ms. Richards serves on the Greenwood Autism Center launch committee, the Disabilities Studies minor committee, the Truman Transformation committee and the Child Studies minor committee. She currently serves as the convention adult speaker chair for the Missouri State Speech and Hearing Association.
In her spare time, Ms. Richards owns and operates the local Jackson Stables West Winery venue and enjoys spending time with her 2 sons and daughter and their many animals.