Karen Karner

Director of John Morris Speech & Language Clinic & Instructor in Speech Language Pathology
Gary Hall, Room 116a
phone: 405-574-1274


Karen Karner joined the faculty of USAO in Fall, 2013, as Clinic Director of the John A. Morris Speech and Language Clinic and an instructor of speech-language pathology. Her clinical background in speech- language pathology includes work in the public schools of Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma, and private practice in both Texas and Oklahoma where her caseloads included early intervention, autism spectrum disorders, adult intellectual disability, and school-age speech and language disorders. She has additional training and experience in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

She has been a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in good standing since 1985. She has earned the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) three times. She presently serves as Vice President-Elect of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association. At USAO, she serves on the Superior Teaching and Scholarly Activity Committee.

Karner is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where her dissertation research focuses on the social use of language of adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. A fellow of the Leadership in Education and Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) program, Karner brings to her position an understanding of family-centered and culturally competent services that place the patient and the family at the forefront of decision making in the treatment process.


• M.S., Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, 1984
• B.A., Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, 1983
• Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, 1979-1981, 1982
• Presently ABD at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma