Ms. Hardin is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Her clinical work is at the Marcus Institute for Brain Health, where she is the Clinical Lead responsible for the coordination of clinical care and overseeing clinical operations. Her research focus specifically addresses the complexities of cognitive-speech-language therapy in concussion/mild TBI and improving outcomes across domains.
Kathryn Hardin is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer from the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP) in the State of Colorado and has been a clinician in neurotrauma working with adults and children post mild TBI for nearly 15 years. Previously at the University of Colorado Boulder, Professor Hardin initiated both evidence-based academic and clinical graduate training in concussion management. She worked with over 1000 individuals pre- and post-injury and trained over 200 graduate students.
Ms. Hardin has assumed a national role for SLPs and concussion management. In 2013, she received the award for Outstanding Clinical Achievement in the State of Colorado, as well as being a 2013 national nominee for the ASHFoundation Louis M. DiCarlo Award. In 2015, for her work in concussion, she was granted a Trailblazer designation for “innovative/transformational work in the field of speech-language pathology” and wrote the cover article for the ASHA Leader on the revised evidence-base for SLPs in concussion management.
Ms. Hardin continues to speak locally, in the US and Canada advocating for the critical role of SLPs in concussion, persistent post-concussive syndrome, and long-term effects as well as educating SLPs how to be best prepared to address this exploding area of need.