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Donna Hope

MMS in Communication Disorders, Speech-Language Pathologist


Donna HopeDonna Hope is a speech-language pathologist and one of the pioneers in the area of accent reduction. She has specialized in adult speech-language since 1974. After working with adult neurological disorders for 15 years in both Chicago and Atlanta, she changed her focus to American English pronunciation.

Her program, "American English Pronunciation: It's No Good Unless You're Understood" is based on her first 9 years of work with international speakers of English; it is in its second edition. The program is in use in language schools, universities, businesses, libraries, on public TV and in the practices of speech-language pathologists internationally.

Donna has also lectured internationally to SLPs, ESOL teachers and others in the area of accent reduction. Her degrees are from Emory University School of Medicine and the University of Georgia.


BA in English – University of Georgia, 1972
MMS in Communication Disorders – Emory University School of Medicine, 1974

  • University of Georgia – magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Emory University – Office of Education Fellowship; V.A. Traineeship
  • Northwestern University – IAL Voice Institute Scholarship
  • Northwestern University – Dysphagia Study Scholarship