Mary Ellen Hood, M.S. CCC-SLP
CSDX-9001 Overview of Communication Disorders
Ms. Hood has an M.S. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands. She is the former Executive Director, Clinical Services of the Newport Therapy Center from 1993-2010 where she directed and managed four clinics and personnel in various community settings (clinic, hospital, schools). She is a licensed and clinically certified speech language pathologist and holds a California state license. She has been the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from CASHA-District 8 in 2009. Ms. Hood has a wealth of clinical experiences as well as previous teaching experience in Master’s programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders at other local universities. Ms. Hood has been instrumental in the development of the syllabi and background work for this post-bacc program and will be providing some administrative oversight for this certificate program.
Lindsey Horvath received her M.A. in Human Communication Disorders from California State University Fullerton in 2005. As a clinically certified Speech-Language Pathologist, Ms. Horvath holds a California state license. She currently specializes in working with the preschool population at Orange Unified School District. Although her focus has recently been with preschool-aged students, Ms. Horvath has worked in a variety of public school settings ranging from preschool to high school, as well as five years of teaching experience for the SLPA program at Cerritos Community College. These experiences have provided her a wide variety of experience working with various speech disorders and students with special needs. In addition, Ms. Horvath is a private speech therapy provider on a part-time basis.
Ms. Wohlgemuth has a M.A. in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Fullerton. She is a licensed and clinically certified speech language pathologist and holds a California state license. Her professional experience includes: member of the brain injury rehabilitation team, panel member–cleft palate team for Memorial Hospital Medical Center, Long Beach. She has worked as a program specialist, speech-language pathologist and DHH coordinator for Anaheim Union High School District. Ms. Wohlgemuth is a part-time faculty/lecturer for California State University, Fullerton’s Department of Human Communication Studies.
Therese Cooper, M.A. CCC-SLP
CSDX-9004 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Swallowing, Hearing
Mrs. Therese Cooper has an M.A. in Communication Disorders from Whittier College. She is a licensed and clinically certified speech language pathologist and holds a California state license. Her professional experience includes working in the psychiatric center at College Hospital of Cerritos, transitional living center/head injury program/vocational rehab at Casa Colina in Pomona, various skilled nursing facilities and acute hospitals in Orange County, assisted living facilities, and private practice. Her current primary focus is Dysphagia, cognitive deficits, neurological disorders, Alzheimer’s and dementia in the geriatric population. She also supervises CFY’s and advanced clinic graduate students. Therese Cooper has a wealth of clinical experience as well as previous teaching experience in Neurology and Neurogenic Disorders, and Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Swallowing and Hearing.
Cindy Wineinger, M.S. CCC-SLP
CSDX-9005 Introduction to Child Language Acquisition and Development
Ms. Wineinger has a M.S. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands. She is a Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Redlands where she has been teaching upper division and graduate courses in Communication Disorders since 1988. She is also the Executive Director of Academic Networks in Anaheim since 2003. Ms. Wineinger is a licensed and clinically certified speech language pathologist and holds a California state license. She has various clinical experiences with University of California FOR OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center in Orange, CA; private practice in family-centered therapy home programs for young children with Autism and individual therapy through the Providence Speech and Hearing Center in Orange. She has also supervised graduate and undergraduate clinicians. Ms. Wineinger is also involved in scholarly/professional presentations.
Lauren Franke, Psy.D., CCC-SP
Lisa Y. Torres, MA, CCC-SLPLTorres@chapman.eduCSDX-9007 Speech Science
CSDX-9006 Clinical Methods and Procedures
Dr. Franke is a speech language pathologist and a clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate from Pepperdine University in 1991. She has had more than 30 years experience as a practitioner, educator, consultant and researcher. Her research and practice have focused on story-based language intervention to help students with complicated language needs develop language, social communication, play and literacy skills. Lauren has developed a story-based intervention framework and interactive story-based software for computer-assisted instruction and she continues to consult in this area. Lauren speaks regularly on topics related to story-based language intervention, assessment, social skills, and supporting students with ASD in accessing the curriculum.
Ms. Torres has been a certified and licensed speech language pathologist for over 20 years and is currently working for the medical device manufacturer CareFusion as the Market Manager for Alternate Care Ventilation. Ms. Torres served as the Vice President of Passy-Muir, Inc. for 14 years where she earned international recognition as a clinical educator providing numerous lectures and inservices on the topic of tracheostomy and ventilator rehabilitation at medical schools, hospitals, state conferences and national conventions. She has worked with tracheostomized and ventilator dependent patients at both pediatric and adult rehabilitation settings, including University of California, Irvine Medical Center and Santa Ana Unified School District. Ms. Torres is the past recipient of the California State Speech Language and Hearing Association District 8 Outstanding Service Award (2008) and Outstanding Achievement Award (2004).
CSDX-9008 Neurology and Neurogenic Disorders
Bio coming soon!
Chris Switzer, M.A., CCC-SLP
CSDX-9019 Audiology and Audiometry (co-taught with Dr. Abramson)
Switzer has a M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Montana, Missoula. She is a licensed and clinically certified speech language pathologist and holds a California state license. She is also an Orofacial Myologist and her specializations are in aural habilitation, SEE sign language, autism, oromyofunctional disorders, early intervention and preschool language. She has maintained a private practice in Orange County since 1985. Her previous employment as a Speech Language Pathologist was in Medical Centers/Hospitals in Southern California and Denver, CO.
Dr. Maria Abramson, Au. D., CCC-A, FAAA
CSDX-9019 Audiology and Audiometry
Dr. Abramson has a Doctor of Audiology degree from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences. She is a licensed and a clinically certified audiologist (CCC-A) with American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and with the state of California Board of Medical Quality Assurance. She also is a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology. With more than thirty years of experience, Dr. Abramson provides audiologic services to adults and children throughout Orange County. She is also on staff at seven hospitals with extensive experience in hearing assessments for adults. Dr. Abramson has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from CSHA (2001) for Pediatric Hearing Aid Fitting. She is the author of the diagnostic and therapeutic Basic Auditory Training (BAT) Program.
Dr. Lisa LaSalle, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
CSDX-9020 Voice and Fluency Disorders
Dr. Lisa LaSalle is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist with specialty training in stuttering and fluency disorders. She earned her Master’s degree from University of Virginia in 1986 and her PhD from Syracuse University in 1993. Dr. LaSalle has taught in graduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders full-time and as an adjunct professor for twenty years and is currently a full-time Professor at University of Redlands. Her research interests have focused on individuals who stutter, concomitant disorders associated with stuttering and a fluency disorder known as cluttering. Dr. LaSalle has co-authored papers in Journal of Fluency Disorders, Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research and other journals. She is currently mentoring students on a research project aimed at better understanding the relationships between language, phonology, and fluency among normally fluent two- to four-year-olds.