Jane Wegner, Ph.D.

Jane Wegner, Ph.D.

Jane Wegner

Jane specializes in communication challenges associated with developmental disabilities and alternative and augmentative communication. She is the coordinator of the Communication Advocacy Team (CAT).

Dr. Wegner earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech Pathology from Central Michigan University and her Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Wegner is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her clinical experience includes school services as well as private practice. She is a Clinical Professor and the Director of the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language –Hearing Clinic and the Pardee Augmentative and Alternative Communication Resource and Research Laboratory. As clinical director of the Schiefelbusch Clinic, Dr. Wegner has led the development of a collaborative clinical teaching model (K-TEAM) that has effectively included clinical staff, students, and family members in the clinical experiences of the students.

Director, Schiefelbusch Clinic for Speech, Language and Hearing
Clinical Professor,
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Kansas
M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, Central Michigan University
B.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Central Michigan University
Speech Language Pathology, Florida State University

Contact Information


1200 Sunnyside Avenue
2101 Haworth Hall
Lawrence, Kansas 66045


Research Interests

  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Communication and developmental disabilities
  • School service for students with complex communication needs

Dr. Wegner’s clinical and research interests include augmentative and alternative communication, general education curricular access for students with complex communication needs, service delivery models for school speech-language services, developmental disabilities and communication, and advocacy and leadership. She has directed numerous personnel preparation projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs including the Communication and Autism Project; the Communication, Autism, and Technology Project; the Augmentative Communication in the Schools Project, and the Augmentative Communication in the Schools-Kansas City Project. She has authored numerous articles and book focusing on the needs of individuals with complex communication challenges and augmentative and alternative communication.





Dr. Wegner teaches courses in the areas of augmentative and alternative communication, communication and developmental disabilities, and advocacy and leadership. She provides clinical teaching to students enrolled in practicum through her facilitation of the Communication and Advocacy Team (CAT) within the Schiefelbusch Clinic. The CAT team provides services and advocacy for individuals with complex communication needs. Dr. Wegner also mentors students pursuing MA and Ph.D.degrees.

Teaching Interests

  • Individuals with complex communication needs
  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • AAC in the schools
  • Advocacy and leadership
  • Communication and autism