Emily Hornback, CCC-SLP, BCS-S


M.S. 2012 Speech-Language Pathology, Appalachian State University
B.S. 2010 Communication Sciences and Disorders, Appalachian State University


ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
NC license, Speech-Language Pathology
Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S)


Swallowing and swallowing disorders in adults and geriatric adults
Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES)
Adult neurogenic communication disorders
Aging and communication
Clinical Education and supervision


CSD 5561 – Introduction to Clinical Procedures I
CSD 5565 – Clinical Practicum II
CSD 5566 – Clinical Practicum III
CSD 5569 – Clinical Practicum IV


Emily Hornback joined the department in 2016 as a Clinical Educator with a primary focus in Medical Speech-Language Pathology. After completing her master’s degree in 2012, she worked as a speech-language pathologist at Trinity Village in Hickory, NC where she specialized in assessment and rehabilitation of adults and geriatric adults with swallowing disorders, aphasia, and cognitive-linguistic disorders. During this time, she also supervised graduate student clinicians within the skilled nursing facility setting.

Emily is a Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S). She also serves as a mentor for speech-language pathologists seeking this certification, students enrolled in the Student to Empowered Professional Mentoring Program (S.T.E.P), and undergraduate majors in the ASU Communication Sciences and Disorders program.

In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Emily collaborates with academic faculty within and outside the SLP discipline and lectures on medical SLP topics. She is a member of the North Carolina Speech Hearing & Language Association (NCSHLA) where she is currently serving as Convention Vice Chair; North Carolina Association of Supervisors in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology (NCASSPA) where she serves as the Membership Coordinator and Treasurer; Dysphagia Research Society; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Special Interest Group on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders’ (SIG-13) and Special Interest Group on Administration and Supervision (SIG-11). She is also a member of the Inner Circle Leadership Academy (ICLA) and Medical SLP Collective where she regularly contributes peer reviewed resources.  Emily also presents at the state level, focusing on dysphagia and feeding difficulty in patients with dementia and end of life considerations.

Emily is originally from Mount Holly, NC and now lives in Boone with her husband and cat. Her hobbies include reading, music, and being outside.

Curriculum Vitae

Title: Clinical Educator, Speech Language Pathology
Department: Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Email address: Email me

Office address
The Foley Center, ARHS