Dr. Finn's teaching and research program is focused on examining critical thinking as a knowledge
and skill for future helping professionals. His research focuses on developing models for
understanding, investigating, and teaching critical thinking, applications of critical thinking
skills to evidence-based practice, developing tools for assessing students' and professionals'
critical thinking skills, and exploring methods for helping faculty to develop their knowledge and
skills for helping students to think critically.
Patrick Finn is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education. Prior to this, he was a faculty member in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona, Tucson and the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. His main research interests are critical thinking, evidence-based practice, and the scientific evaluation of treatment. Throughout most of his career, he focused on the communication disorder of stuttering; but in the last several years, he has shifted his focus to the concept of critical thinking and its application to evidence-based practice. His publications have included research on measurement issues related to stuttering treatment outcome; investigations of conceptual and methodological issues related to long-term recovery from stuttering; and, most recently, the development of critical thinking skills in students and clinicians. He has served as an associate editor for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and associate editor for the Journal of Fluency Disorders. Currently he is editor for ASHA Perspectives and serves on ASHA's coordinating committee for SIG 10 Issues in Higher Education. And beginning 2019, he will become an inaugural Editor-in-Chief for the research journal, The Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups. He is also the current chair of the Task Force on Critical Thinking affiliated with the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.