Faculty and Staff

Faculty

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Rodney Gabel, PhD, CCC-SLP

Professor and Founding Director of SLP

Division of Speech and Language Pathology; Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Research Interests

  • Psychological and social adjustment in people who stutter
  • Occupational experiences of people who stutter
  • Social stereotyping and stigma related to stuttering
  • Clinical outcomes research
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Dara B. Caruana, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical Instructor

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Division of Speech and Language Pathology

Research Interests

  • Counseling in speech-language pathology
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)
  • Facilitating independence and successes for adults with disabilities
  • Increasing the availability of clinical and educational opportunities for adults with disabilities
  • Autism
  • Telehealth/virtual teaching success
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Tina Caswell, MS, CCC-SLP

Director of Clinical Education and Clinical Assistant Professor

Division of Speech and Language Pathology

Research Interests

  • Persons who use augmentative and alternative communication
  • Social and emotional communication development
  • Counseling in speech-language pathology
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Cody Dew, MA, CCC-SLP

Clinical Instructor

Division of Speech and Language Pathology; Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Research Interests

  • Stuttering and fluency disorders
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Counseling
  • Social and emotional impact of disability
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Cassandra Natali, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathology Clinical Instructor

Division of Speech and Language Pathology; Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Research Interests

  • Social-emotional, trauma-informed practices for school-based populations
  • Social skills as a relation to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Counseling in speech-language pathology
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Kara Nunn, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical Instructor

Division of Speech and Language Pathology; Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Research Interests

  • Apraxia (CAS)
  • Professional issues
  • Persons who use augmentative and alternative communication
  • Language literacy development in children and adolescents
  • Autism spectrum disorders social skill development
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Jessica Underwood, MA, CCC, SLP

Clinical Instructor - Speech Language Pathology; Clinical Instructor

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Division of Speech and Language Pathology

Research Interests

  • Adults with communication and swallowing disorders
  • Professional issues
  • Socioemotional impact of communication disorders
  • Augmentative communication in the adult aphasic population
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Sundeep Venkatesan, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical Instructor

Division of Speech and Language Pathology; Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Research Interests

  • Adults with swallowing disorders
  • Adults with neurocognitive communication disorders
  • Professional issues
  • Interdisciplinary work with nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy in the area of swallowing, dementia and neurocognitive communication disorders
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Staff

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Nicolle M. Nestler, MPH

Coordinator of Applied Health and Rehabilitative Sciences

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Division of Speech and Language Pathology; Public Health