Debra Blanton, Ph.D.
Office: VHAC 242X
Dr. Blanton received her B.A. in speech language pathology from the University of South Florida in 1997 and her Ph.D. from the University of South Alabama in 2005. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed in New Mexico and Texas. She is a member of ASHA and is part of the Native American Caucus. She is also a member of the New Mexico Speech and Hearing Association.
Teaching and Related Service
Dr. Blanton has worked in the field of speech language pathology since 1997. She has worked in public schools in Florida, Alabama, and Arizona. While in New Mexico, she lived and worked on the Navajo Indian Reservation and served 10 different Indian schools. She also contracted to the University of New Mexico’s Indian Children’s program assessing children between the ages of 3-5 and providing individual therapy. One of the things she enjoyed the most was volunteering at cleft palate clinics in 3 different cities in New Mexico. She has three articles published, has presented at an ASHA conference and the Alabama Speech and Hearing conference. Dr. Blanton loves all the many areas possible in this field, but her interests primarily lie in school-age language, articulation, phonology, fluency, craniofacial anomalies, and cultural diversity.
Dr. Blanton raised her son in Orlando while waitressing and obtained her B.A at the age of 42. She now lives with Spicy, her Corgi/Aussie four-legged daughter. Her son and grand dog reside in Colorado and her brother lives in Florida. She loves driving around the USA, volunteering, meeting people from different backgrounds, movies, and cooking.