In memoriam: Kameron “Kami” Brief Beaulieu, M.S. CCC/SLP, (1969-2020)

Kameron “Kami” Brief Beaulieu

The OHSU School of Medicine announces with great sadness that Kameron “Kami” Brief Beaulieu, M.S., CCC/SLP, assistant professor of pediatrics, OHSU School of Medicine, and speech language pathologist, Child Development and Rehabilitation Center/Institute on Development and Disability, died March 22, 2020, due to complications secondary to a chronic health condition.

“Kami demonstrated an amazing blend of professionalism, heart, warmth and humor in all she did,” said Kurt Freeman, Ph.D., ABPP, professor of pediatrics and psychiatry, OHSU School of Medicine, and director of the Institute on Development and Disability (IDD). “She was a topnotch provider and educator and a wonderful human being. Her smile, laughter and spunk will be sorely missed.”

Beaulieu earned her master of science in speech and hearing sciences from Portland State University in 2001, and completed clinical fellowships in speech language pathology and assistive technology at OHSU in 2002.

She joined the faculty at OHSU in 2002 and served as the LEND Faculty and Training Coordinator in the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (LEND).

Beaulieu specialized in the evaluation and treatment of children with cleft palate/craniofacial disorders, velopharyngeal insufficiency and pediatric and adolescent speech language development. She was part of the Cleft Palate Craniofacial Team and LEND Diagnostic Clinic at OHSU. Ms. Beaulieu had advanced training in cleft palate and related speech disorders, resonance disorders, child-centered interventions and interdisciplinary care of children with complex developmental histories. She had a special interest in 22q11.2 deletion, non-syndromic velopharyngeal insufficiency and social communication disorders in ASD and ADHD populations.

Her educational training efforts focused on the recruitment, placement and clinical teaching of graduate students and clinical fellows. She supervised and mentored students and clinical fellows as part of her clinical mission and was passionate about fostering a legacy of child and family-centered providers.

She also served as adjunct faculty at Pacific University and Portland State University. She worked collaboratively with Pacific University faculty to educate and mentor graduate students in the evaluation and treatment of children with cleft palate speech and related disorders at a Cleft Camp. Her research interests include speech outcomes in cleft and craniofacial populations.

When not working, she enjoyed spending time with her family and Linus their Great Dane, book clubs, concerts, visiting the coast, snowboarding and traveling.

She is survived by her husband, Mike, and daughter, Gillian “GiGi,” (14) as well as her mother and twin brother.

As soon as it is possible, a memorial service will take place at St. Mary Magdalene Parish (The Madeleine Parish) located in Portland, Oregon. Details will be shared in this post when they become available.