Loyola University Maryland

Department of Speech-Language Pathology


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Marie Kerins

Marie R. Kerins, Ed.D., CCC-SLP received her doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University. She received a B.S. from Marquette University in Communication Disorders and her M.S. from Loyola University in Speech-Language Pathology. For 19 years she worked as a school-based SLP providing treatment with students who had language-based learning disabilities and emotional and behavioral disorders as well as youngsters on the autism spectrum. Dr. Kerins also coordinated interdisciplinary services in her former work setting. Since coming to Loyola in 2000 she has served five of those years as graduate program director and developed the proposal for the current post-baccalaurette Foundation program. Dr. Kerins has many research interests including literacy and language-based learning disabilities, service-learning and social justice and more recently the impact of generational differences in graduate learning, collaboration in the schools and supervision of students.

Andrea Atticks

Andrea H. Atticks received her B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola College in Maryland in 1998. She went on to receive her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology with a specialization in Adult Neurology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000. She worked at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Shock Trauma Center from 2001 until 2006, where she received the "Clinician of the Year" award in 2005. Andrea has also worked with adult neurogenic and dysphagic clients in sub-acute and outpatient settings.Her areas of interest include aphasia, traumatic brain injury and treatment approaches involving technology and mobile devices. Andrea is the adult neurogenic coordinator and is currently supervising graduate students at the Margaret A. McManus Speech, Language, Hearing Clinic at Belvedere Square.

Lena Caesar

Lena G. Caesar, (Ed.D, Ph.D.), holds dual doctoral degrees in Special Education and Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University. She received a B.S. in Communication Disorders from Andrews University in Michigan, and a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests focus on the impact that health and other sociocultural variables may have on bilingual children’s language development, and the appropriate assessment and intervention of English Language Learners. Her ongoing research on bilingual issues has been published in several scholarly and professional journals.  Caesar is the recipient of several external research grants, including an ASHA Multicultural Projects Grant and an  Early On Faculty Grant from the State of Michigan.   Caesar’s prior teaching and administrative experience includes almost 5 years at the University of Montemorelos in Mexico, and 15 years at Andrews University—where in 2010 she was voted “Teacher of the Year”.

Cheryl Councill

Cheryl Councill received her B.A. and M.S. degrees in speech-language pathology/audiology from Loyola College in Maryland. She worked at St. Francis School for Special Education in Baltimore before joining the clinical faculty at Loyola in 1984. Her expertise is in the area of early language intervention and Down syndrome. With her colleagues, Cheryl has published articles in Baltimore's Child: A Special Edition, Infant-Toddler Intervention, and Down Syndrome Quarterly. She is participating in ongoing longitudinal research on speech and language development in children with Down syndrome and a database to develop test scores for children with Down syndrome using standardized speech and language tests. She also serves as coordinator of clinical internships for the department.

Sally Gallena

Sally Gallena received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech-language pathology from Towson State University. She received her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from Loyola College in Maryland and completed her Ph.D. at University of MD College Park. During her career, she has gained clinical experience in school, hospital, outpatient clinic and private practice settings. She gained research experience at the National Institutes of Health, Voice and Speech section, where her research study on Parkinson’s disease was published in the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research. Gallena specializes in disorders of the larynx and voice, with special clinical and research interests in the treatment of vocal cord dysfunction in athletes. She recently authored a text titled, Voice & Laryngeal Disorders: A Problem Based Clinical Guide. She currently teaches voice disorders, and supervises clinical interns at the graduate level at Loyola University Maryland

Ron Gallop

Ron Gallop, CCC-SLP, received both his M.A. and Ph.D. from James Madison University in Virginia. His dissertation explored the long-term effects of the SpeechEasy® device, which has been found to help People Who Stutter (PWS) reduce the frequency of their stuttering. His future research plans are to focus on PWS and Down syndrome.  Dr. Gallop has followed a most unconventional career path, beginning with a B.A. in Advertising from Penn State, a stand-up comedy career, voice-over artist, television joke writer, and presentations supervisor at Goldman Sachs and Bank of America. Dr. Gallop teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses, and is thrilled to associate with such accomplished, kind colleagues at Loyola.

Mina Goodman

Mina Goodman has been a member of the speech pathology clinical faculty since 1985, and has served as a full time clinical supervisor at the Speech and Language Center in Columbia since that time.  She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Goucher College and holds both a M.Ed. degree in Special Education and a M.S. degree in Speech Language Pathology from Loyola University MD.  Her special interest is Early Language Intervention and she has co-authored numerous articles along with Libby Kumin and Cheryl Councill on speech and language development and treatment for children with Down syndrome. She has delivered presentations at both ASHA and MSHA conventions and was the co-recipient of the 2010 Shiela Applestein Award for Excellence in Early Intervention from the Hearing and Speech Agency of Metropolitan Baltimore.

Libby Kumin

Libby Kumin was awarded the Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology from New York University in 1969. Since that time, she has been active in teaching, research, advising, and college, professional, and community service. She has published 4 books, 7 chapters, and numerous research articles in the area of communication skills in infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults with Down syndrome. She founded the Down Syndrome Speech and Language Center for Excellence at Loyola College Columbia Center. Dr. Kumin is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who of American Women, and Foremost Women of the Twentieth Century.

Danielle Matrangola

Dede Matrangola is the Director of Clinical Externships at Loyola University Maryland and has taught the Ethics and Professional Issues course for 7 years.  She has served for 4 years on the Board of Directors for Maryland Speech Language Hearing Association as the Director of Adult Service and has chaired the Adult Service Delivery Committee for 10 years.  She is the 2010 MSHA Fellow.  She piloted and ran a state wide peer mentorship program and has been involved in organizing and running a continuing education program for the state association for the past 12 years.  Dede has presented locally, online and at the 2010 and 2011 ASHA conventions on topics of supervision and mentoring.  She has been published in the ASHA leader on supervision topics is also a contributor to the ASHA Ethics Education manual.

Donna Pitts

Donna Pitts received her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) from Central Michigan University in 2002 and her M.S. and B.S. from Towson State University.  Presently, she is an assistant clinical professor at Loyola University Maryland where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, and provides clinical supervision to graduate students in the Margaret A. McManus Speech, Language and Hearing Center. Donna is also the Director of the post-baccalaureate Foundation Program. Prior to Loyola, she worked as an occupational audiologist for Impact Health Services in Kansas City, MO and completed her CFY at a private practice in Lansdale, PA. She enjoys research in the areas of occupational/noise-induced hearing loss and aural rehabilitation. Donna is the current (2012) President of the Maryland Academy of Audiology.

Janet Preis

Janet Preis, Ed. D., CCC-SLP, is a speech/language pathologist who received a doctorate in special education from The Johns Hopkins University in 2002. She received her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Towson University in 1985 and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola College in 1994. She has been on the faculty at Loyola University MD since 1994, initially as a clinical specialist and currently as an associate professor and graduate program director. Dr. Preis teaches undergraduate and graduate courses including Sociolinguistics, Cultural Diversity, Autism Intervention, and Research Methods. Her research interests include children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, specifically the impact of varying pedagogies and intervention models on language functioning.

Lisa Schoenbrodt, Chair

Dr. Lisa Schoenbrodt is a professor in the department of speech-language pathology/audiology. She received her B.A. from University of Maryland College Park, her M.S. from James Madison University and her Ed.D. from The Johns Hopkins University. While she has been at Loyola for 20 years, her previous experience included Howard County Public School System in Maryland, the Maryland Rehabilitation Center, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She also was the managing partner for a private practice for six years. She is the current undergraduate program director, served as department chair for five years, and has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses. Currently, she teaches Professional and Technical Writing, Introduction to Communication Disorders, and Clinical Seminar.  Her clinical and research specialty areas include language learning disabilities in children and adolescents, pediatric traumatic brain injury, and language development in post-institutionalized children. She authored many articles in these areas and co-authored and edited three books.

Kathleen Siren

Kathleen Siren, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1991 and her M.A. from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1988. She has been a member of the faculty at Loyola since 1994, serving as chair of the department from 2006 – 2011.  Prior to coming to Loyola, she was awarded a post-doctoral research fellowship at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health.  Her areas of clinical and research interest include articulation and phonological development and disorders, with a particular emphasis on the acoustic analysis of speech and voice.

Erin Stauder

Erin Stauder received both her B.A. and M.S. degrees from Loyola College in Maryland.  Before coming back to work for Loyola as clinical faculty, she worked at an Easter Seals school for children with significant special needs (both educational and physical), the Philadelphia County Infants and Toddlers program, the Baltimore City Infants and Toddlers program, supervised at Towson University, and was the pediatric acute care SLP at the University of Maryland Medical Center. At Loyola, she has supervised at both the Belvedere Square and Columbia clinics, as well as in the Catholic schools as part of the Catholic Schools Partnership. Erin has participated in programs that were funded by various grants including a literacy project with English language learners and the Broadway Kids program, a collaborative social skills group that uses a drama based lesson plan

Lura Vogelman

Mrs. Vogelman, M.S., CCC-SLP is a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland and specializes in assessment and treatment of adult neurogenic disorders, and has a special interest in group therapy for persons with aphasia.  In addition to serving on the clinical and academic faculty at Loyola, she continues to practice speech pathology at St. Agnes Hospital. She has presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual convention in the areas of speech and swallowing issues for patients with ventilator dependency. Mrs. Vogelman has also written on this subject for a speech pathology textbook

Kathleen Ann Kelliher Ward

Kathleen Ann Kelliher Ward completed her bachelor of science degree at Towson University with cum laude honors in 1986 and her master of science at Towson University in 1988. Ward went on to complete her Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) at Kennedy Kreiger Institute working with children with multiple handicaps. Hearing aid fittings, aural rehabilitation, electrophysiological measures, and pediatric assessments were completed daily. Ward later worked in otolaryngology offices, including multi-physician and solo physician practices serving populations pediatric to geriatric with electrophysiological tests of hearing, and balance and assessed patients pre and post operatively to assist surgeons in determining success of procedures. Ward started at Loyola in 1996 teaching undergraduate audiology, sign language, and aural rehabilitation courses and graduate aural rehabilitation and clinical courses. She is the director of the audiology division of the Margaret A. McManus Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic located at Belvedere Square.