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Lisa M. Casale, B.S., TSSLD

Lisa M. Casale, B.S., TSSLD

Lisa M. Casale is a graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) at Adelphi University.  She earned her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology as well as her TSSLD Certification (Teacher of Students with Speech-Language Disabilities) from Marymount Manhattan College (MMC), NY. Miss Casale is also a substitute teacher at a public elementary school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY.

Upon completion of her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, she hopes to be employed in a hospital or rehabilitation setting. During pursuit of her B.S. in SLP, Miss Casale worked with and treated an adult Aphasia/Stroke Group. Her clients included individuals with aphasia, traumatic brain injury, dementia, and dysphagia. While treating her clients, she also worked collaboratively with the Marymount Manhattan College Communication Sciences and Disorders Department Chairperson, Dr. Ann Jablon, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Columbia University Medical Center Doctoral Student, Andrea Lendaris, M.S., CCC-SLP on a longitudinal research project. This study included participants with a diagnosis of primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and lasted 2.5 years.  Miss Casale presented her research at the ASHA National Convention in November 2013. She recently completed her first semester of in house clinic at the Hy Weinberg Center for Communication Disorders in the Fall 2013 where she worked with adults with aphasia.

Kaitlin Dondorf, M.S., CCC-SLP

Kaitlin Dondorf, M.S., CCC-SLP

Kaitlin Dondorf, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist and a 3rd year doctoral student in the Ph.D. program in Speech-Language Pathology at Adelphi University. She received her B.A. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from SUNY New Paltz in 2006 and her M.S. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Adelphi University in 2008. Kaitlin is currently employed at the North Shore Center for Speech, Language and Swallowing Disorders. Her primary interests focus on adults with neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders. Kaitlin is interested in completed her doctoral research in the area of aphasia treatment and management.

Projects: Kaitlin is currently involved in two research projects through the Neural Bases of Speech and Swallowing Disorders Lab. One study investigates therapeutic techniques to improve swallowing disorders status post stroke. The other project focuses on the communication between persons with aphasia and their carer.

Lauren Farrell

Lauren Farrell

Lauren Farrell is a graduate student in the masters program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Adelphi University. She is currently student teaching at Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School. She held a student clinician position at the Hy Weinberg Center for Communication Disorders where she treated a range of disorders including aphasia and traumatic brain injury. Lauren has recently received the Marie Newton Sepia Memorial Scholarship Award, which awards students who are preparing for a career helping children with brain-related disorders or disabilities.

Project: Surface Electromyography (sEMG) Used as a Biofeedback Instrument During Dysphagia Therapy in Post-Stroke Patients. 
Surface Electromyography (sEMG) is a safe, easy and noninvasive tool providing visual information about muscle activity during swallowing.

Selene Gatzonis

Selene Gatzonis

Selene Gatzonis is a 2nd year Graduate Student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. She holds an M.A. in TESOL from CW Post and a BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute. Selene has special interests in bilingualism,language acquisition, fluency, voice, yoga and other mind-body treatments. She is currently conducting a pilot research study on the effects of a yoga breathing program on the fluency and self-perception of individuals who stutter. She looks forward to integrating these interests into clinical practice.

Project: What are the effects of a modified yoga breathing program on the fluency skills and self-perception of an individual who stutters?

Allison Snyder

Allison Snyder

Allison Snyder completed her B.A. at SUNY New Paltz in Communication Disorders. After completing her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Adelphi University she hopes to obtain employment in a school working with elementary school children.

For more information or to inquire about research opportunities, please contact:

Renee Fabus, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, TSHH
Associate Professor
p – 516.877.4769 (office)
p – 516.877.4063 (lab)
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Ruth S. Ammon School of Education
p – 516.877.4100

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