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Communication Sciences and Disorders

Staff and Contacts

We’re here for you at the Hy Weinberg Center.

The professional staff of the Hy Weinberg Center for Communication Disorders comprises ASHA certified and New York State licensed speech/language pathologists and audiologists, including Adelphi University faculty.

These professionals serve as clinical instructors and supervisors of our student clinicians. Graduate students assist the clinical staff in conducting diagnostic evaluations. Therapy programs are conducted by graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in our communication disorders program, under direct supervision of licensed and certified clinical faculty.



Office Location

Hy Weinberg Center for Communication Disorders
Hy Weinberg Center
158 Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

 Meet Our Clinical Faculty and Instructors

Anne Marie Skvarla
Anne Marie Skvarla, MA, CCC-SLP, is the director of the Hy Weinberg Center for Communication Disorders at Adelphi University. She has extensive administrative and clinical experience in both the university and hospital settings. Her areas of interest include acquired adult neurological impairments, dysphagia, clinical supervision and interprofessional education/collaboration.
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Dawn Cotter-Jenkins
Clinical Supervisor
Dawn Cotter-Jenkins is a speech-language pathologist with experience improving speech and communication skills for people of all ages. She studied linguistics as an undergraduate at Stony Brook University and obtained her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from New York University. In 2013 she was appointed to serve on New York State Office of Professions–Education Department, Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. In her private practice Cotter-Jenkins specialized in the areas of public speaking and accent modification. She was an adjunct assistant professor at Bronx Community College and a clinical supervisor at CUNY Lehman College in the Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences department before joining the Adelphi University Hy Weinberg Center for Communication Disorders. She continually researches to learn the latest methods in training, teaching and coaching, and incorporates the latest technological advances into her sessions and classes.
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Deborah Friedman
Clinical Coordinator for Speech-Language
Deborah Friedman possesses clinical experience working in the public school, developmental preschool and hospital settings. She maintained a private practice specializing in preschool language and phonology for over 20 years and has extensive experience in the clinical supervision of undergraduate and graduate students in the outpatient university clinical setting. Friedman is responsible for the administration of Early Intervention and CPSE programs in the clinic.
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Deanna Glassmann
Clinical Adjunct – School Placements
Deanna Glassmann received her MA degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Brooklyn College and her Professional Diploma in School Administration from Long Island University/CW Post. She worked as a speech-language pathologist in the Port Washington school district for 23 years, including serving as chairperson of their speech-language department for four of those years.  She is a past President of the Long Island Speech Language Hearing Association, and has served as a New York Speech Language Hearing Association schools councilor.
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Felicity O’Brien
Clinical Supervisor
Felicity O’Brien is a New York State Licensed, ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist. She earned her degree from the University of Queensland, in Australia, and has extensive experience working in a variety of settings including pre-schools, schools, hospitals, and clinics, with diverse populations. Areas of clinical interest include Early Language, Parent and Educator Training, Fluency, Phonological Awareness and Speech Sound Disorders, and she is Hanen, Lidcombe, PROMPT and DTTC trained. She worked in Australia for 6 years, in London, UK for 12 years, and moved to New York in 2010. She was employed as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at NYU from September 2013 – December 2018, teaching on campus and online, and supervising graduate students in their speech-language and hearing clinic.  
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Deborah Senzer
Clinical Coordinator for Audiology
Dr. Deborah Senzer has been the Clinical Coordinator of Audiology at the Hy Weinberg Center for the past seven years. She manages the daily operation of the Audiology clinic as well as overseeing the supervision of undergraduate, graduate SLP students, and Audiology doctoral students. Dr. Senzer worked at LIJ’s Hearing and Speech Center/Department of Otolaryngology for 15 years, where she treated a diverse population, specializing in pediatrics and difficult to test populations. She then became a clinical supervisor at Hofstra University, collaborating with the Long Island AuD Consortium. After 4 years at Hofstra, Dr. Senzer joined Adelphi’s Hy Weinberg Center as the Clinical Coordinator of Audiology. It is at Adelphi, where she enjoys diagnosing and treating hearing disorders alongside her doctoral students. Her specialty is the management and counseling of difficult audiological cases.
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Miriam Velsor
Clinical Instructor
Miriam Velsor has been a clinical instructor at the Hy Weinberg Center for Communication Disorders since 2004. While supervising both graduate and undergraduate students as they complete their in-house practicums, she has developed a growing coordination of services with the Alice Brown Early Learning Center (ELC) preschool program which is located in our Garden City Campus. The liaison between the clinic and the ELC affords students the opportunity to interact with need based children and typical children. Additionally, working at the ELC fosters and develops interactions with specialized classroom teachers and student workers with a variety of concentrations including social work, psychology, special education, literacy and nursing which teaches them the importance of related integration and a team approach to treatment.  Miriam’s interests include motor speech disorders (PROMPT trained), Early Intervention, pragmatic language disorders, sensory integration as well as counseling clients and families.  Prior to supervising at Adelphi, Miriam worked for a variety of agencies providing treatment at both center based and group homes with cognitively challenged adults and she also provided home based early intervention services.
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Patrizia Giordano
Clinical Supervisor
Patrizia Giordano is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has extensive clinical experience working with the geriatric population in sub-acute/skilled nursing settings. Her areas of interest include
acquired adult neurological impairments, dysphagia, motor speech disorders, clinical supervision, and inter professional education/collaboration. She is LSVT-certified and PROMPT trained. She
studied communication sciences and disorders as an undergraduate at Molloy College and obtained her Master of Sciences degree in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology from Adelphi University.
Prior to supervising at Adelphi, Patrizia also worked for a private practice in which she provided assessment and treatment to a variety of clients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics.

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