Who We Are

Welcome to Effective Accent!

My name is Paula Madson, owner and lead instructor of Effective Accent Modification, LLC. I am a licensed speech-language pathologist, certified TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) instructor, and certified accent modification trainer possessing 30 years of experience in helping people develop optimal communication skills. I am passionate about helping non-native English speakers become understandable, confident, and effective speakers of American English.  

I received my bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders and my master’s degree in speech-language pathology, both from the University of Northern Iowa. I hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the national credentialing association for speech-language pathologists in the United States, and am licensed by the state of Iowa. I am a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as CORSPAN (The Corporate Speech Pathology Network).