Glenn Paustian

Glenn Paustian, SLP

Position Director, Inpatient, Allied Health, Adaptive Sports and Fitness Programs
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About Me

About Me

Glenn Paustian directs clinical therapeutic evaluation and treatment of inpatients with a wide variety of diagnoses and impairments — from traumatic brain and spinal cord injury to stroke, amputation and cancer-related impairment. Glenn also oversees areas of the hospital that support patients, patient families and staff, such as Psychology, Patient Family Counseling, Spiritual Care, Therapeutic Recreation, Volunteer Services and the LIFE Center.  

Additionally, Glenn directs Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Adaptive Sports & Fitness Programs, championing individuals with physical disabilities at the local, national and international levels. The robust sports programming trains athletes across more than 20 adaptive sports and of all skill levels — from those interested in learning a new sport to athletes wishing to compete at the Paralympic level. Fitness programming is offered at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s specially equipped fitness center designed for people of all abilities. Specialized equipment and a team of exercise physiologists offer opportunities for individuals with disabilities not found in community fitness programs.

Glenn began his career as a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now Shirley Ryan AbilityLab) more than 40 years ago. In addition, he has taken a leadership role in various research projects focused on pediatric dysphagia (feeding and swallowing disorders).

Glenn received his BA in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and his MA in Speech Language Pathology from Northwestern University.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Professional Associations



    1968 - 1972
    BA in Psychology Loyola University Chicago
    1973 - 1975
    MA in Speech Language Pathology Northwestern University
    1983 - 1989
    Educational Psychology National Lewis University


  • Board Member
    Judd Goldmann Adaptive Sailing Foundation, 2010
  • Educational Committees, Continuing Education
    American Speech Language Hearing Association, 2005 - 2010

Work History

  • 1975 - 1978
    Child Development Specialist, Division of Child Psychiatry
    Children's Memorial Hospital
  • 1978 - 1982
    Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist, Supervisor
    Rehabilitation Institue of Chicago
  • 1982 - 1999
    Director, Speech Language Swallowing Disorders
    Children's Memorial Hospital