Faculty and Staff

Department Faculty

Elena Dukhovny

Elena Dukhovny, Ph.D.

  • U.C. Berkeley and San Francisco State University
  • Associate Professor and Department Chair
  • Areas of Interest: Alternative and Augmentative Communication, Working Memory, Bilingualism
  • Office: MB 2115
  • Phone: (510) 885-2631
  • E-mail: elena.dukhovny@csueastbay.edu 
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Dr. Elena Dukhovny is an Associate Professor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She received an M.A. in CSD from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. 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, with a focus on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Her recent research has focused on developing effective support systems for para-educators who work with users of speech-generating devices (SGDs).  Previously, she has also explored the effects of SGD interface design on procedural learning and therefore on fluency of language production via SGD.   

Michelle Gravier

Michelle Gravier, Ph.D.

Dr. Michelle Gravier received her M.A.-SLP and Ph.D. from San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Her clinical experience and research focus are in adult acquired language disorders with a specialty in neuroimaging.  She has practiced in a variety of medical settings, most recently VA Pittsburgh’s Program for Residential Aphasia Treatment and Education (PIRATE). Dr. Gravier’s research aims to: (1) identify factors that determine which individuals with aphasia are good candidates for restorative language treatments and non-invasive brain stimulation, and (2) examine the relationships between structural and functional brain plasticity, language treatment, and aphasia recovery.

Eve Higby

Eve Higby, Ph.D.

  • City University of New York
  • Assistant Professor
  • Areas of Interest: Bilingualism, Language Production, Neurolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Cognition, Aging
  • Office: MB 2113
  • Phone: (510) 885-4372
  • E-mail: eve.higby@csueastbay.edu 
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Dr. Eve Higby directs the Multilingualism Lab at Cal State, East Bay, and mentors a number of undergraduate and graduate students in research projects. She completed a B.A. in Spanish, with certificates in Linguistics and in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, from Florida International University and a Ph.D. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, with a concentration in Cognitive Science, from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, followed by a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Her research sits at the intersection of linguistics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and communication disorders. She studies language production and comprehension in bi/multilinguals and older adults, the role of cognition in regulating language, and the neural underpinnings of language and cognitive processes. 

Shubha Kashinath

Shubha Kashinath, Ph.D.

Dr. Shubha Kashinath is Professor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and the Department’s Continuing Education Administrator. She is a Research Development Faculty Fellow at the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and is Co-Director for the Center for Disability Justice Research: Health Equity, Education, and Creativity. 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 individuals with autism across the lifespan, family centered early interventions, personnel preparation in speech language pathology and issues related to disability justice.  She has over 24 years of clinical experience serving families of young children with disabilities.

Department Lecturers 2022-2023

Ginger Collins

Ginger Collins, Ph.D.

Dr. Ginger Collins has joined the SLHS faculty at Cal State East Bay this year to teach Fluency Disorders. Although her primary research interests involve adolescent language and literacy interventions with an emphasis on morphological awareness, she also conducts research on school-based SLP practices regarding intervening with children and adolescents who stutter, particularly postsecondary transition planning. Dr. Collins is also enthusiastic about evidence-based teaching.

Elise Gregoire

Elise Gregoire, Au.D.

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.

Julie Hicks

Julie Hicks, M.A.

  • University of Florida
  • Lecturer

Julie Hicks, M.A. CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center.  Her clinical and research interests include management of communication and swallowing disorders associated with neurodegenerative conditions.  Julie completed her undergraduate degree in Linguistics and Psychology at UCLA and her graduate degree at the University of Florida.  She has previously worked for the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System and Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases in Gainesville, Florida.  She has presented at state, national and international conventions on rehabilitation for patients with movement disorders. She has supervised clinical interns and student volunteers since 2015.

Claire Ibrahim

Claire Ibrahim, M.S.

Claire Ibrahim, MS, CCC-SLP, has been practicing as a pediatric speech language pathologist in the East Bay for over ten years.  After working at Oakland Unified School District and Kaiser Permanente, she launched a private practice, currently serving Bay Area families. Claire also provides speech therapy to adult clients in their homes.  Her areas of interest include child language and literacy, bilingual and multicultural therapy, family advocacy, and stroke rehabilitation. Claire has been supervising graduate students both on and off campus since 2012. 

Anna Krajcin

Anna Krajcin, M.S.

Anna Krajcin 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.

Stacey Landberg

Stacey Landberg, M.S.

Stacey Landberg has been practicing as a speech-language pathologist for 18 years, primarily in Los Angeles, California. Her areas of interest include early intervention, trauma-informed practice, and childhood apraxia of speech. Stacey is a national guest lecturer since 2015. She presently works in private practice and with teams and learning communities to build capacity for early intervention providers across various disciplines. 

Heather Starmer

Heather Starmer, M.A.

Heather Starmer, M.A. CCC-SLP, BCS-S is an Associate 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.

Carmen White, M.S.

  • Mercy College
  • Intermittent Clinical Supervisor 
  • Lecturer
  • Office: MB 1099
  • Phone: (510) 885-3241
  • E-mail: carmen.white@csueastbay.edu 

Carmen is a PhD candidate at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences program. She graduated from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has diagnosed and treated disorders related to receptive, expressive, and social language disorders, cognitive disorders, speech sound disorders, fluency disorders, and voice disorders in preschool children, school-aged children, and adults. Carmen is an advocate for diversity and is passionate about educating herself and others in the health sciences fields on diversity, equity, and inclusivity within higher education and the workplace. 

Carmen holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice in California, Florida, New York, and Texas.

Department Clinical Staff

Shelley Simrin

Shelley M. Simrin, M.A.

  • San Francisco State University
  • Director of Clinical Services
  • Areas of Interest: Speech and Language Diagnostics, Child Language, Aphasia
  • Office: MB 1097A
  • Phone: (510) 885-4762
  • E-mail: shelley.simrin@csueastbay.edu

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.

Jenny Rosenquist

Jenny L. Rosenquist, M.A.

  • California State University, 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
  • E-mail: jenny.rosenquist@csueastbay.edu

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. Since joining Cal State East Bay, she has expanded her interests to include accent reduction, treatment of adult acquired speech and language disorders, early childhood communication disorders and most recently, as the Coordinator of the SLP-A Program. She continues to provide speech therapy to both pediatric and adult clients through private practice and home health agencies.

Portrait picture of Sophia Kanenwisher

Sophia Kanenwisher, SLPD

  • Northwestern University
  • Aphasia Treatment Program Director, Lecturer
  • Areas of Interest: Aphasia, Dysphagia, Health Literacy
  • Office: MB 1566
  • Phone: (510) 885-3246
  • E-mail: sophia.kanenwisher@csueastbay.edu 

Sophia Kanenwisher joined the SLHS staff in 2018 as an ATP clinical supervisor. Her clinical interests include aphasia treatment aligning with the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA), dysphagia, and health literacy. In addition to her positions in the department, she works as a medical SLP in acute care and also volunteers as a site visitor for the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). Sophia completed her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University, Master of Arts from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) from Northwestern University.

Ellen Bernstein-Ellis

Ellen Bernstein-Ellis, M.A.

  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Aphasia Treatment Program Program Specialist
  • Areas of Interest: Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Group Treatment of Aphasia, Life Participation Approach to Aphasia, Communicative Access
  • Office: MB 1564
  • Phone: (510) 885-3336
  • E-mail: ellen.bernstein-ellis@csueastbay.edu

Ellen Bernstein-Ellis, former Aphasia Treatment Program Director, developed the Aphasia Tones© choir in 2009, a Life Participation singing group. She received her B.A. and M.A. 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, and the 2019 recipient of the Innovator Award from the professional organization, Aphasia Access.

Shivani Bhakta, M.S.

  • University of the Pacific
  • Intermittent Clinical Supervisor
  • Areas of Interest: Receptive/Expressive/Pragmatic Language, Articulation/Phonology, Fluency, AAC, Cognitive Skills
  • Phone: (510) 885-3241
  • E-mail: clinic@csueastbay.edu 

Shivani Bhakta is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist.  She received her undergraduate degree from UCLA in Linguistics with Psychology and a minor in Disability Studies, and her graduate degree in Speech-Langauge Pathology from the University of the Pacific.  She holds her CCC's with ASHA and is licensed to practice in CA. Shivani has worked with birth through middle school-aged children in private practices, clinics, and school settings in the areas of receptive/expressive/pragmatic language, articulation/phonology, fluency, AAC, and cognitive skills. Shivani loves collaboration within the field and across other disciplines (e.g., OT, PT, GE/SPED Teams) in order to continue to educate herself and others in the field of Speech-Langauge Pathology and related services fields and always find the best ways to support the client.  She has supervised graduate student clinicians and SLPAs since 2018.

Leah Huang

Leah Huang, M.S.

  • California State University, East Bay
  • Intermittent Clinical Supervisor
  • Areas of Interest: Autism Spectrum Disorders, caregiver training, teacher collaboration
  • Office: MB 1099
  • Phone: (510) 885-3241
  • E-mail: leah.huang@csueastbay.edu 

Leah Huang is a dually certified Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her undergraduate degree from Biola University in Communication Disorders and her graduate degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from California State University, East Bay. From early intervention and accent modification therapy to pragmatics and social skills training, Leah has worked in both private practice and schools. She has presented at both state and national conventions on clinical supervision, assessment and treatment of social pragmatic language disorders, and special education collaboration. 


Department Administrative Staff

Tiffany Ramoneda

Tiffany Ramoneda

Tiffany comes to Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Cal State East Bay.  She has taken several courses in linguistic anthropology, which is an interesting overlap with topics in the profession of speech pathology.  Tiffany started this position in December of 2022 and looks forward to assisting the students in this new area of specialty, along with the faculty and staff, as well as providing support to the community speech clinic.

Emeritus Faculty

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
  • E-mail: rla@ragincomm.com
  • Communications Associates

Jan R. Avent, Ph.D.

  • University of California, San Francisco & Santa Barbara
  • Professor Emerita
  • Areas of Interest: Adult Neurological Disorders, Clinical Research
  • E-mail: jan.avent@csueastbay.edu

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
  • E-mail: robert.peppard@csueastbay.edu

William S. Rosenthal, Ph.D.

Former Faculty

Nidhi Mahendra, Ph.D.

  • University of Arizona
  • Professor
  • Areas of Interest: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Aging and Cognition, Adult Neurogenics (Dementia), Multicultural Issues
  • Email: nidhi.mahendra@csueastbay.edu
  • Aging and Cognition Research Clinic archive

Norma S. Rees (1930-2013), Ph.D. 

  • New York University
  • Professor and President of the University
  • 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.

Robert A. Veder (1938 - 2018), Ph.D.

  • University of Washington
  • Professor
  • Areas of Interest: Audiology, Aural Rehabilitation

Dr. Veder was one of the department's founding faculty, and the first and long-time Chair of the Department.