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Lauren Bislick, Ph.D., MA, BA

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-4768
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Acquired Apraxia of Speech
  • Acquired Aphasia
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Treatment Development
  • Motor Learning Theory & Principles of Motor Learning

Giselle Carnaby, Ph.D., MPH, CCC-SLP

ASHA Fellow, Professor
  • Swallowing Disorders

Janel Cosby, AuD, Ph.D., CCC-A

Audiologist, Lecturer
Phone: 407-882-0481
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Auditory Training
  • Cognitive Processing
  • Aural (Re)habilitation
  • Auditory Processing
  • Early Intervention
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Hearing Disorders Across the Lifespan
  • Aging

Michael Crary, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

ASHA Fellow, ASHA Honors of the Association, Professor
Phone: 470-823-4762
  • Swallowing Disorders

Joseph DiNapoli, MS, CAGS, CCC-SLP

Associate Instructor
Phone: 321-433-7856
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language Disorders
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Speech disorders
  • Swallowing Disorders

Gillian Dreilinger, MS, CCC-SLP

Associate Instructor
Phone: 407-882-0470
  • Accent Modification
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Central Auditory Processing
  • Cleft palate
  • Cultural and Linguistic Variables
  • Diagnostic/Clinical Processes
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language Disorders
  • Linguistics/Psychololinguistics
  • Literacy
  • Speech Acquisition
  • Speech disorders
  • Supervision

Julie Feuerstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-1193
  • Language Development
  • Language Disorders
  • Early Intervention
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Implementation Science Research

Todd R. Fix, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS

Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Instructor, Internship Coordinator
Phone: 407-882-0484
  • Supervision
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Adult neurogenic/acquired motor-speech
  • Language Disorders
  • Acquired Brain Injury/Cognitive Communication.

Nancy Harrington, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP

Assistive Technology Professional, Associate Instructor, FAAST Center/AAC Lab Research Grant Coordinator
Phone: 407-882-0465
  • Language Acquisition
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Assistive Technology

Bari Hoffman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

ASHA Fellow, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Professor
Phone: 407-823-4804
  • Voice disorders
  • Vocal health and Prevention
  • Upper Airway Disorders
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Respiratory Muscle Strength Training

Jennifer Kent-Walsh, BEd, MS, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, S-LP(C)

ASHA Fellow, Associate Dean of Research, FAAST Center Director, Professor
Phone: 407-823-4800
  • Language Disorders
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Assistive Technology
  • Service-Learning / Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Debra Knox, MS, CCC-SLP

Associate Instructor, Clinical Board of Educators Coordinator
Phone: 407-882-0464
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Hearing Aids
  • Hearing Disorders
  • Language Disorders
  • Supervision

Lakshmi Kollara Sunil, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-4798
  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Resonance Disorders
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Craniofacial Syndromes
  • Imaging

Anthony Pak Hin Kong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-4791
  • Adult neurogenic communication disorders
  • Aphasia
  • Bilingualism
  • Cognitive-communicative disorders
  • Discourse analysis

Ching-Yi Liao, Ph.D., MEd, MEd

Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental/Intellectual Disability
  • Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Approach
  • Parent/Caregiver Coaching
  • Communication Intervention

Julie Matura, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS

Instructor, Internship Coordinator
Phone: 407-882-0449
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • Diagnostic/Clinical Processes
  • Genetics
  • Language Disorders
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Swallowing Disorders

Linda I. Rosa-Lugo, EdD, CCC-SLP

ASHA Fellow, Associate Dean of Faculty Excellence and Graduate and Global Affairs, Associate Professor, Director of UCF Listening Center
Phone: 407-823-0171
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Aural Re(Habilitation)/Listening and Spoken Language
  • Language and Literacy Disorders
  • Professional Preparation Practices
  • Second Language Acquisition

Jacqueline Towson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director
Phone: 407-823-0346
  • Language Disorders
  • Language Acquisition
  • Emergent Literacy
  • Preschool And School-Age Speech Language Pathology
  • Language And Literacy

Martine Vanryckeghem, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

ASHA Fellow, Board Certified Fluency Specialist, Pegasus Professor
Phone: 407-823-4808
  • Fluency disorders

Richard Zraick, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CHSE

ASHA Fellow, Professor
Phone: 407-823-4795
  • Clinical skills training
  • Healthcare Simulation
  • Voice disorders
  • Health literacy
  • Adult neurogenic speech-language disorders

Current Grants

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Preparing Special Education Teachers and Speech-Language Practitioners in Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • PI: Eleazar Vasquez, Ph.D.
  • Co-PI: Jacqueline Towson
  • Amount: $250,000 | Timeframe: 01/01/2019 - 12/31/2023
    Funding Type:
    Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education
    Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Stuttering Research

  • PI: Martine Vanryckeghem
  • Amount: $10,000 | Timeframe: 07/21/2018 - 07/21/2021
    Funding Type:
    Funding Agency: Frederick P. Murray
    Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Word by Word: Building Sentences with Preschoolers Who Use AAC

  • PI: Jennifer Kent-Walsh
  • Amount: $1,623,136 | Timeframe: 07/07/2017 - 06/30/2022
    Funding Type:
    Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders) [Part of a five-year, $2,781,276 Multiple Principal Investigator Grant with Cathy Binger, Ph.D., at the University of New Mexico]

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