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Vicki Simonsmeier

Assistant Professor

• Faculty member, Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program at the CPD;
• Clinical Coordinator, SLP, Clinical Services
• Director of the Pediatric Feeding Clinic, an interdisciplinary clinic in cooperation with the CPD, URLEND program, Dr. Dennis Odell, Nutrition and Psychology programs;

Ms. Simonsmeier coordinates clinical and leadership activities for speech-language pathology and audiology graduate trainees in the URLEND program and also provides supervision and trianing in clinics at the CPD.

URLEND is a multi-state collaborative program with the University of Utah Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics; the CPD; the Utah Department of Health’s Children with Special Health Care Needs Bureau; Primary Children's Medical Center; Family Voices organizations in the participating states, and CSHCN programs in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah.

She has been involved with URLEND from its inception, working with Dr. Judith Holt and others to write its initial training grant. Through URLEND, she worked in conjunction with the trainees in occupational therapy and psychology, along with Dr. Dennis Odell to start an interdisciplinary feeding clinic that provides services to children who have trouble getting enough nutrition. The children range from 0 to 12 years old, with many of the referrals coming from the newborn intensive care units at Primary Children’s Medical Center and Logan Regional Hospital. Simonsmeier has previously published a related article in the journal, Infants and Young Children.