Department Faculty and Staff

Department Faculty

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Shubha Kashinath, Ph.D., Florida State University
Associate Professor and Department Chair

Areas of Interest: Autism Spectrum Disorders,  Family-Centered Invervention, Personnel Preparation, Treatment Efficacy
Office: MB2109
Phone: 510.885.3090
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Shubha Kashinath is an Associate Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and the Department’s Continuing Education Administrator. She received an M.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Florida State University. Dr. Kashinath’s research is focused on efficacy of communication interventions for individuals with autism, family-centered practices for children with disabilities and development of innovative personnel preparation programs in speech language pathology.  She has over 20 years of clinical experience serving families of young children with disabilities in Florida and California.

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Ai Leen Choo, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest: Fluency, Motor Speech Disorders, Brain Stimulation, Communicative Interaction and Competence
Office: MB2113
Phone: 510.885.3233 (CSD office)
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Ai Leen Choo is an Assistant Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders effective Fall Quarter 2016. She holds a M.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Canterbury, and Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan. Her research is focused on understanding the underlying bases of persistent stuttering and recovery, and developing effective treatments for adults and children who stutter.

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Elena Dukhovny, Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley and San Francisco State University
Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Areas of Interest: Alternative and Augmentative Communication, Working Memory, Bilingualism
Office: MB2115
Phone: 510.885.2631
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Elena Dukhovny is an Assistant Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She received an M.A. in CSD from Northwestern University and a PhD in Cognition and Development, with emphasis in Special Education, from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Dukhovny is a licensed clinical speech-language pathologist who has worked in school-based, private practice, non-profit and university settings since 2002.   She conducts research in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), looking at the relationship between use of speech generating devices (SGDs) and working memory.

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Pradeep Ramanathan, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest: Voice Disorders (professional voice users), Cognitive Neuroscience, Adult Neurogenic Cognitive and Communicative Disorders
Office: MB2111
Phone: 510.885.7557
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Dr. Ramanathan holds bachelor’s and master's degrees in Physics, and worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley for several years before pursuing a clinical Master’s degree and subsequently a Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Minnesota.  At a level one trauma center in Minneapolis, he worked primarily with individuals with aphasia, TBI, and swallowing disorders, and there helped found one of the country's first intensive aphasia programs.  From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Ramanathan worked at the Lions Voice Clinic at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, treating adults with voice disorders.  He then joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut.  He also worked with the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut to establish the UConn’s first TBI support group and to organize NSSLHA fundraising events for TBI.  Dr. Ramanathan joined the faculty at Cal State East Bay in 2015.   

Lecturers 2017-2018

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Sandra Deane, M.A., California State University, Hayward


Sandra Deane is a Senior Speech Language Pathologist at Stanford Hospital and Clinics working in Acute Critical Care with previous clinical positions at John Muir Hospital, Walnut Creek and St. Rose Hospital, Hayward.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cal State Hayward (now Cal State East Bay) with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a Master of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 2004. She has considerable experience working in a private clinic and elementary school setting providing assessment and treatment for children with speech, language, voice, and swallowing disorders. She currently is a Lecturer at Cal State East Bay, teaching Dysphagia. She became a Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders in 2011 and earned the designation of Registered MBSImP Clinician (Modified Barium swallowing Impairment Profile) in 2012.

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Elise Gregoire, Au.D., Vanderbilt University


Dr. Elise Gregoire obtained her doctorate in Audiology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2010. Dr. Gregoire works as a clinical audiologist in Berkeley, California, performing diagnostic hearing evaluations and treatment for patient's with hearing loss. Dr. Gregoire's expertise is in the neurological function of the auditory system and treatment options for adult hearing disorders. In addition to her work as a clinical audiologist, Dr. Gregoire also serves as an advisor for biotech companies in the San Francisco Bay Area who are developing technologies in the area of sound.

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Patricia Lohman, Ph.D., Ohio University


Areas of Interest: Pediatric Speech and Language Disorders, Accent Modification, Fluency Disorders

Dr. Patricia Lohman obtained her doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology from Ohio University in 2001. Dr. Lohman served as Chair in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Cal State East Bay from 2007 to 2010 as an Associate Professor.  She has taught part-time at East Bay and at Sacramento State since her retirement in 2012. Dr. Lohman’s expertise is in the area of speech and language disorders in children, accent modification, and fluency. She became a Board Recognized Specialist in Fluency Disorders in 2006, and served as Director of the Fluency Clinic during her tenure at Cal State East Bay.

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Lyle Lustigman, Ph.D., Tel Aviv University


Areas of Interest: Language Development, Psycholinguistics

Lyle Lustigman’s main area of research is developmental psycholinguistics, with particular focus on how children move from one level of knowledge to the next, and the role of adult-child interaction in typical and atypical language development. After completing her postdoc at Stanford University she continues researching the strategies children employ as they gradually master linguistic domains, and the way adult-child conversational exchanges support these processes.

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Janet Patterson, Ph.D., Kent State University


Dr. Janet Patterson is the Chief of Speech Pathology at the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Martinez, California. Dr. Patterson served as Department Chair from 2004-2007 while Associate Professor of CSD at Cal State East Bay. Recognized as a Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, she is a nationally known expert on aphasia assessment and management, and more recently on Constraint-Induced Language Treatment for persons with aphasia. She frequently teaches classes on Aphasia and Neuromotor Speech Disorders.

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Heather Starmer, M.A., University of Pittsburgh


Heather Starmer, M.A. CCC-SLP, BCS-S is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University and the Director of the Head and Neck Cancer Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation Program at the Stanford Cancer Center.  Her clinical and research interests include prevention and rehabilitation of speech, voice, and swallowing deficits associated with head and neck cancer.  Heather completed her undergraduate training at San Francisco State University and her graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh.  She is a board certified specialist in swallowing disorders.

Department Clinical Staff

Staff Office Hours

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Shelley M. Simrin, M.A., San Francisco State University
Director of Clinical Services, Lecturer

Areas of Interest: Speech and Language Diagnostics, Child Language, Aphasia
Office: MB 1097A
Phone: 510.885.4762

Shelley Simrin has been the Director of the Speech Language Hearing Clinic at Cal State East Bay since 1987. She received her B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley and her M.A. in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University. She considers herself a “generalist.” After spending several years exclusively working with children as an itinerant clinician or a Communication Handicapped classroom teacher, she shifted her focus to adults.  She provided treatment to adults with neurogenic disorders, secondary to strokes, head injuries, and other medical conditions in a variety of settings─ critical care, acute rehabilitation, outpatient, skilled nursing and home health.  This generalist perspective coupled with her extensive background in supervision provides a strong foundation for the Cal State East Bay Speech-Language Pathologist training program. Her areas of interest include: diagnostics, linguistics, adult and pediatric language impairments, and counseling clients or families. Shelley was the 2011 recipient of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Outstanding Service Award.

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Jenny L. Rosenquist, M.A., California StateUniversity, San Diego
Clinical Supervisor and Coordinator of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services, Lecturer

Areas of Interest: Clinical Supervision, Autism Spectrum Disorders
Office: MB 1088
Phone: 510.885.4278

Jenny Rosenquist joined Cal State East Bay in 2007 as a full-time Clinical Supervisor and intermittent lecturer. She received her B.A and M.A. degrees in Communication Disorders from San Diego State University. After 7 years of working with adults in various levels of rehabilitation, including outpatient, acute care and skilled nursing, she spent the next 9 years working with infants and toddlers with developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorders. During this time she worked extensively with families and caregivers in the home environment, and frequently supervised interns and clinical fellows in both the home and classroom. Her areas of interest include clinical supervision, Autism Spectrum Disorders, early childhood language and family centered therapy, and she continues to provide speech therapy to both pediatric and adult clients in their homes.

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Ellen Bernstein-Ellis, M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
Clinical Supervisor and Director-Aphasia Treatment Program

Areas of Interest: Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Group Treatment of Aphasia
Office: MB 1564
Phone: 510.885.3336

Ellen Bernstein-Ellis is currently the Director of the Aphasia Treatment Program at Cal State East Bay and developed the Aphasia Tones© choir in 2009, a Life Participation singing group. She received her BA and MA degrees from UC Santa Barbara. She received her initial clinical training at the Martinez VA Medical Center with Dr. Robert T. Wertz where she was a clinician investigating teletechnology as a means to provide aphasia therapy. She worked at Easter Seals Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in Oakland and was the primary clinician on Dr. Roberta Elman’s Efficacy of Group Treatment study. She facilitated conversation groups at the Aphasia Center of California for over 10 years and helped to develop the Book Connection, a program focused on making popular literature accessible for individuals with aphasia. Her area of expertise is group treatment for neurogenic communication disorders. Ellen is the 2014 recipient of a Certificate of Recognition from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association for Special Contributions to Higher Education.

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Karen Jang, M.S., California State University, Hayward
Clinical Supervisor

Office: MB 1099G
Phone: 510.885.2916

Karen Jang has been a clinical supervisor at Cal State Bay since 2006. She has a BS in Genetics and Developmental Biology from UC Berkeley and an MS in Speech Pathology from Cal State Hayward (now Cal State East Bay). She has worked in a variety of settings over the years including as a Communication Disorders Teacher for preschoolers, and a school-based Speech Language Pathologist. She has worked in Medical based settings including inpatient, outpatient, skilled nursing facilities (SNF), rehab hospitals, transitional units and home health. For 6 years she worked in a private school setting with autistic and severely emotionally disturbed children and teens and in Adult Day Settings with developmentally disabled adults. She enjoys working with adults and with alternative and augmentative communication modalities.

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Angela Korpela, M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
Clinical Supervisor

Areas of Interest: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Development of Symbolic Play Skills, Clinical Dysmorphology
Office: MB 1099H
Phone: 510.885.7704

Angela Korpela holds a BA degree, summa cum laude, with a double major in Liberal Studies and Communication Disorders from Holy Names University (HNU).  She also earned a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential while at HNU.  She received her MA degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences, and the Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential from UC Santa Barbara.  Angela has 25 years working in both inpatient and outpatient settings, serving adults and children across a wide variety of medical and educational diagnoses, and considers herself primarily a pediatric therapist.  She has also mentored students, clinical fellows and newly licensed speech pathologists while a hospital speech therapist.   When not busy with clinic duties, Angela bakes with enthusiasm and studies urban wildlife.

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Anna Krajcin, M.S., Missouri State University
Clinical Supervisor, Lecturer

Office: MB 1566
Phone: 510.885.3246

Anna received both her Bachelor and Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Missouri State University. She has extensive experience providing pediatric speech and language therapy to children with a variety of disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Anna has provided hundreds of instructional workshops to professionals and families throughout the U.S and in Eastern Europe, where she has established three preschools in Bosnia that continue to provide speech, language and behavior intervention to children. In 2016, she became a dually certified Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Department Administrative Staff

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Marianna Wolff
Department Administrative Support Coordinator

Office: MB 1099A
Phone: 510-885-3233
FAX: 510-885-2186

Marianna Wolff graduated from Cal State Hayward (now Cal State East Bay) with a degree in Music - Vocal Performance emphasis.  She completed a Preliminary Single-Subject teaching credential in 1995 and a Certificate in Theatrical Production Basics in 2001. She has worked for the campus since 1995, first for the Music Department and then transferring to Communicative Sciences and Disorders in 2004.  Her background in music has led to many interesting discussions with faculty and clinical staff in how the study of music and the singer’s voice align with the discipline of speech language pathology.  When not supporting the students, faculty, and clinical staff in the department, Marianna enjoys being involved in community theatre.

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Juanita Jackson
Clinic Administrative Support Assistant

Office: MB 1099
Phone: 510-885-3241
FAX: 510-885-2186

Juanita Jackson retired after 25 years of employment with California State University, Fresno (now Fresno State), receiving a Certificate in Excellent Services in 2014. She majored in Business Administration at Fresno State after first attending New York University, majoring there in modern dance. Specialization areas at Fresno State included Admissions Evaluator for Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Travel Consultant, and Student Advising. She also has been Supervisor and Proctor for Testing at CSU East Bay. Juanita enjoys her time volunteering in community service programs, and speaks Mandarin.

Emeritus Faculty

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Rhoda L. Agin, Ph.D., University of Illinois
Professor Emerita, and Consulting Professor at Ariel University Center, Israel

Areas of Interest: Voice Disorders, Disorders of the Orofacial Complex, Cultural Diversity
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Jan R. Avent, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco & Santa Barbara
Professor Emerita

Areas of Interest: Adult Neurological Disorders, Clinical Research

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Robert C. Peppard, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
Associate Professor Emeritus

Areas of Interest: Voice Disorders, Head and Neck Cancer, Cleft Palate, Multicultural Issues, Speech Science

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William S. Rosenthal, Ph.D., Stanford University
Professor Emeritus

Areas of Interest: Fluency Disorders, Child Language Disorders, Speech Science
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Robert A. Veder, Ph.D., University of Washington
Professor Emeritus

Areas of Interest: Audiology, Aural Rehabilitation

Former Faculty

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Nidhi Mahendra, Ph.D., University of Arizona

Areas of Interest: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Aging and Cognition, Adult Neurogenics (Dementia), Multicultural Issues

Aging and Cognition Research Clinic archive
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Norma S. Rees, Ph.D., New York University
Professor and President of the University (1930 - 2013)

Areas of Interest: Child Language (pragmatics), Reading Disorders

In honor of Dr. Rees' exceptional contributions to the profession of Speech-Language Pathology and to California State University, East Bay, the department renamed its clinic the Norma S. and Ray R. Rees Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic in May of 2014.

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