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Communication Disorders

Martin Bldg. Room 34
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4993
Fax: 660-543-8234

Ms. Cheryl Needham-Rives, Instructor and Off-site clinical Practicum Coordinator

Cheryl received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Central Missouri.  She served as an adjunct instructor and clinical supervisor for approximately six years before joining UCM in a full-time capacity. 

Cheryl holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Board of Healing Arts Licensure and has been an active member of the Missouri Speech-Language Hearing Association (MSHA).  She has served MSHA as a convention volunteer, strategic planning committee member and is currently serving on the Executive Board as the Vice President of Communications.

Cheryl worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the public school systems for seven years.  Three of those years, she served as the Special Programs Director for a rural Missouri school district.  She worked part-time serving the birth-to-three population, and their families, with Missouri’s First Steps program for over 9 years.  In 2009, she was hired by Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC), here in Warrensburg.  In her role, at WMMC she was challenged with the responsibility of developing a speech-language pathology program from its inception.  The program now employs 5 speech-language pathologists, and serves patients of all ages, from Warrensburg and surrounding communities.  Coordinating her roles at UCM and WMMC provided her with the opportunity and privilege of hosting and providing clinical supervision to many UCM student clinicians and interns. 

Cheryl enjoys her work with both students and individuals (of all ages) with communication and swallowing disorders.  She has a passion for the study and teaching of phonology, syntax, morphology, language based literacy deficits and swallowing disorders.

Cheryl enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, reading, movies and spending time with her family and friends.


Cheryl Needham-Rives