Marilyn E Fairchild

Marilyn Fairchild is a speech-language pathologist and clinical supervisor at the University of Minnesota (UMN). She has Masters degrees in teaching English as a Second Language and Communication Disorders. She has experience with pediatric and adult populations with a variety of developmental and acquired communication needs. Areas of interest include provision of gender affirming voice and communication services for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, language difference vs. language disorder in culturally and linguistically diverse populations, literacy skills in children with speech/language issues, and formative assessment in clinical education. She served as co-author of Talk With Me: A Resource Guide for Speech Language Pathologists and Educators Working with Linguistically Diverse Young Children and their Families (2001, 2012). She is active in the Minnesota Speech, Language, Hearing Association, serving as a member of the Legislative Steering Committee, Policy Council, and Multicultural Affairs Committee. She is also Past Co-President of the association. She is currently serving as the advisor to the UMN SLHS NSSLHA chapter. Outside of work, she enjoys rowing, running, and spending time with her family and dogs.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Masters: Teaching English as a Second Language, UMN, Twin Cities, 1995.
  • Masters: Communication Disorders, UMN, Twin Cities, 1997.
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence: Speech Language Pathology, American Speech Language Hearing Association, 1998.


  • communication differences and disorders in pediatric and adult populations
  • gender affirming voice and communication services
  • assessment and intervention with culturally and linguistically diverse populations, including accent modification
  • developmental and acquired communication needs in speech, language, and literacy
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • ASHA Leadership Development Program: 2015 - 2016
  • Embracing an Unexpected Opportunity: After 20 years in practice, an SLP discovers the rewards of providing voice therapy to people who are transgender: Fairchild, Marilyn, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, ASHA Leader, 24,2 72, 2019. Link
  • Holistic Voice Therapy for the Whole Person:University of Minnesota faculty and students learn about—and provide—transgender voice treatment: Fairchild, Marilyn, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Co-Author. Link
  • Building Capacity to Engage Culturally Diverse Families Through Interprofessional Partnerships and Training: Fairchild, Marilyn, Stronach, Sheri, Watkins, Elizabeth, Springer, Family, School, and Community Partnerships for Students with Disabilities, 99-112, 2019. Link
  • Honors of the Association, Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2018
  • Spirit of MNSHA Award, Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2012
  • ASHA Diversity Champion, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2009
  • Council of Academic Professionals and Administrators Outstanding Unit Award, 2008