Faculty

Project Investigators

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Mary V. Andrianopoulos, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Clinical voice disorders, multicultural voice differences, motor speech disorders, neurological bases of speech and language disorders, differential diagnosis of speech and language disorders, and developmental and acquired neurological communication disorder

B.S., University of Vermont, 1979; M.S., University of Utah, 1983, Ph.D., 1988; Post-doctoral Fellow, Mayo Clinic, 1988-1990; CCC-SLP

358 North Pleasant St., Amherst,MA 01003

(413)545-0551

mva@comdis.umass.edu

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Mary Lynn Boscardin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Professor and Chair of the Department of Student Development, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Data Use and Evidence-Based Practices in Special Education Administration; Special Education Finance; Special Education Organization and Management; Inclusion of Students with Disabilities; Service Delivery Models for Students with Disabilities.

B.S., Illinois, 1975; M.S., Wisconsin, 1976; Ph.D., Illinois, 1984.

Hills House South, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst,MA 01003

(413)545-1193

mlbosco@educ.umass.edu

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Kris Curro, Ph.D. Candidate, CCC-SLP

Ph. D Candidate, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Using eye-tracking to investigate receptive language and discourse abilities of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developing evidenced-based interventions for school-aged children.

B.A., Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester, 1998; M.A., Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007; Ph.D., Speech Language Pathology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014 (Expected)

kcurro@comdis.umass.edu

Grant Related Faculty

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Jacquie Kurland, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Meg Gebhard, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education and Curricullum Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Lisa Green, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Adrian Staub, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Scholars

2014-2015 Scholars

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Jamie Hall

Class of Spring 2016

Quality of Life Among Adults with High Functioning Autism

Quality of Life and Autism Spectrum Disorder, Alternative and Augmentative Communication Devices, Diagnostic Assessments for Motor Speech Disorders in Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Telepractice

B.S., Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014

jamieh@umass.edu

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Lynsey M. Keator

Class of Spring 2016

Project REMOTE and Research Into the Prevalence of Motor Speech Disorders in Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Aphasia, Literacy, English Language Learners and Bilingual Speakers

B.S., Cognitive Science, Concentration in Speech Language Pathology, B.A. Spanish Studies, University of Delaware 2013

lkeator@acad.umass.edu

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Timothy S. Ryan

Class of Spring 2016

Research Into the Prevalence of Motor Speech Disorders in Autism.

Technology-Aided Instruction, Aphasia, Melodic Intonation Therapy, Alzheimer’s Disease.

B.S., Marketing Communication, Emerson College, 2004

tsryan@umass.edu

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Michael Starr

Class of Spring 2016

Literature Review of the Prevalence of Motor Speech Disorders in Autism, Telepractice research.

Neurodevelopmental disorders, aphasia, Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder (SCD), Comparative Linguistics.

B.A., French Literature, Harvard University, 1990

michaelstarr@umass.edu

2013-2015 Scholars

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Alexa Baroni

Class of Spring 2015

systematic review – service delivery via telepractice for fluency and voice disorders

traumatic brain injury, acquired neurological communication disorders, aphasia, ASD

B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2013

arbaroni@comdis.umass.edu

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Mara Caskey

Class of Spring 2015

Systematic Review of Telepractice and Audiology (including cochlear implants)

Educational substrates of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and multiple/severe disabilities.

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013; M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015 (expected)

mcaskey@comdis.umass.edu

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Mircea Val Cimisliu

Class of Spring 2015

Use of Telepractice for SLP services provided for Fluency and Voice Disorders

Motor speech disorders, Multicultural voice differences, Differential diagnosis of speech and language disorders

B.A., Worcester State University 2006; B.S., Worcester State University 2012

mcimisliu@comdis.umass.edu

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Amy Contant

Class of Spring 2015

Systematic literature review of Telepractice with CLD populations

Bilingual language development, the use of technology in speech language pathology, the impact of developmental and acquired speech and language disorders on communication

B.A., Temple University, 2013

acontant@comdis.umass.edu

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Quynh Dam

Class of spring 2015

SLP telepractice with CLD population

Bilingual language development, SLP usage of telepractice technology, Autism spectrum disorder, Stroke recovery in patients with aphasia, specifically affecting language

B.S., Speech Language and Hearing Sciences, Boston University Sargent College, 2013

qdam@comdis.umass.edu

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Kimberly Delude

Class of Spring 2015

A Systematic Review of the Use of Telepractice for Service Delivery of Neurogenic Communication Disorders

Research interests include the efficacy of telepractice for speech and language therapy in schools and assessing Autism Spectrum Disorders.

B.A., Northeastern University, 2010; M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015 (expected)

kdelude@comdis.umass.edu

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Meredith Kras

Class of Spring 2015

Adult Neurogenic Systematic Review

Autism Spectrum Disorders, Alternative and Augmentative Communication, and the influence of genetic disorders on communication.

B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 2013

mkras@comdis.umass.edu

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Dimitri Mitropoulos

Class of Spring 2015

Telepractice Security

Telepractice Security, Word Learning and Acquisition, Use of Technology in Speech Pathology

B.S., Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2013; B.A., Linguistics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2013; B.A., Classics – Latin and Ancient Greek, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2013

dmitropo@comdis.umass.edu

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Katharine Frances Moroney

Class of Spring 2015

REMOTE Support Group

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Quality of Life of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Narratives of the blind and visually imapired

B.S., Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2013; B.A., Linguistics and Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2013; Certificate in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services (DDHS), University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2013

kmoroney@comdis.umass.edu

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Brittany Morris

Class of Spring 2015

Telepractice and Audiology

Differential diagnosis and developmental/neurological communication disorders.

B.A., Boston University, 2013

brittanymorr@comdis.umass.edu

2013-2014 Scholars

Danielle Aragona

Class of Spring 2014

Motor Speech Disorders in Children with Autism

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), pediatric feeding/swallowing, developmental and acquired neurological communication disorders.

B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012; M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014.

daragona@comdis.umass.edu

Jeanne Chaclas

Class of Spring 2014

Validity, Implementation, and Sustainability of Telepractice in Schools

Technology in treatment

B.A., University of TX at Austin, 1994; M.B.A., University of Connecticut, 2000; M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014

jchaclas@comdis.umass.edu

Colleen Gargan

Class of Spring 2014

1)ASD and MSD 2) ASD: Diagnostic Criteria, Prevalence, EI, DSM-5

Autism Spectrum Disorder and implications related to motor speech disorders, Developmental communication disorders, Neurological bases of speech and language disorders

B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012; M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014

cgargan@comdis.umass.edu

Jennifer Glassman

Class of Spring 2015

ASD, AAC, phonological disorders, voice disorders, fluency, TBI, among others

B.S., University of New Hampshire, 2007

jglassman@comdis.umass.edu

Alyssa McKeefrey

Class of Spring 2014

EI and early identification (including new DSM 5 criteria and culturally/linguistically diverse populations)

Neurodevelopmental disabilities, differential diagnosis/treatment of AOS, CAS, Dysphagia, hearing impairment

B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012; M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014

amckeefr@comdis.umass.edu

Alisha Nekota

Class of Spring 2014

Community Awareness

Clinical voice disorders, differential diagnosis of speech and language disorders

B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 2010; M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014

anekota@comdis.umass.edu

Olivia Uchima

Class of Spring 2014

REMOTE Support Group

neurological bases of speech and language disorders, differential diagnosis of speech and language disorders, and developmental and acquired neurological communication disorder

B.A., University of Iowa, 2011; M.A. University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014

ouchima@comdis.umass.edu