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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.


Rachel Fernandes

Rachel Fernandes graduated with honors and received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Adelphi University. She is currently enrolled as a graduate student in speech-language pathology at Adelphi University. She is completing a student externship at the Bay Ridge Preparatory School in Brooklyn, NY. When she graduates she wishes to work with 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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For further information, please contact:

Ruth S. Ammon School of Education
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