Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff members of the LCC are both experienced scholars and lifelong learners who are dedicated to the pursuit of providing care for the whole person, which is supported by the latest research in their fields of expertise. They work closely with our graduate students to deliver high-quality diagnostic and treatment services. Our robust team of faculty and staff is cultivated to ensure that there is a wide range of specialties, personal/professional backgrounds, interests, and perspectives—all of which continuously inform our standards for care and shape our approaches to our services.
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Theresa Alexander, MS, CCC-SLP Visiting Clinical Instructor of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Theresa Alexander is a Speech-Language Pathologist who works with adults who have neurogenic swallowing and communication disorders. She’s a full-time clinical supervisor for the adult neuro rotation at the Loyola Clinical Centers at Belvedere Square. She’s a clinical specialist in aphasia, and continues PRN work in acute care, acute rehab, and subacute rehab, and has also worked in home health, as well as a classroom instructor in Aphasia and Neurology coursework for graduate students. Areas of clinical interest also include working with patients who have tracheostomy tubes, use speaking valves including in-line with a ventilator.

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Andrea Atticks, MA, CCC-SLP Division Director, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Andrea is the Division Director for the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic and a clinical supervisor for the adult neurology rotation at Belvedere Square. In addition, she teaches two courses in the graduate program: Aphasia and Dysphagia. Andrea has worked primarily in acute care settings including University of Pennsylvania and University of Maryland Medical Center/Shock Trauma. Areas of interest include technology and apps for individuals with communication disorders, aphasia and dysphagia.

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Alicia Barger, MS, CCC-SLP Clinical Instructor of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Alicia K. Barger is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist specializing in the young pediatric population. She is PROMPT trained. In addition to teaching in the clinical program, she maintains a small private practice. Alicia has also had previous experience providing services for 9 years at the Maryland School for the Blind and 2 years in public school setting to individuals ages Birth-21 years. She has been practicing speech-language pathology for more than 19 years. Her areas of specialty include assessing and treating the young pediatric population with speech and language disorders and orofacial myofunctional disorder.

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Meghan Carlson, MS, CCC-SLP Pediatric Assessment & Intervention

Meghan Carlson began working as a part-time Clinical Faculty Member in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences in May 2021. She completed her undergraduate studies at The Pennsylvania State University, and graduated with her master’s degree from Loyola University Maryland in 2015. Meghan is trained in various early intervention areas including: Hanen It Takes two to Talk and More than Words. She also has training in Orofacial Myology and various pediatric feeding programs. Outside of work, Meghan enjoys spending time with her adorable puppy, family and friends, and loves to travel, cook, and attend sporting events.

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Robin M. Ciotti, Ph.D. Affiliate Faculty of Psychology

Dr. Ciotti joined the Psychology department in fall 2022 as an affiliate clinical faculty supervisor for the doctoral students at the Loyola Clinical Centers. She received her Ph.D. in 2007 from George Mason University and has worked in private practice in the Baltimore area since 2008. Her clinical foundation includes work with diverse populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings, affording a broad familiarity with mental health issues and treatments. Dr. Ciotti has advanced training in psychological assessment, which allows her to understand the interplay between one’s learning style and emotional conditions. She sensitively works with adults and children with varied learning disorders and regularly consults with families on child behavior management and parenting. Dr. Ciotti’s postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt developed her expertise in treating complex and persistent eating disorders. She treats children, adolescents, adults, and families in a wide variety of mental health conditions including the following: Anxiety Disorders, Body Image Disturbance, Child Behavior Management, Chronic Pain and Related Emotional Conditions, Depression, Grief, Eating Disorders, Learning Disorders and AD/HD, Low Self Esteem, LGBTQ+ Issues, OCD, Relationship Issues, Panic, Parenting Skills, Personality Disorders, Self-harm and other self-destructive behaviors, and Trauma.

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Kristina Collins, MS Division Director, Literacy

Kristina is a Maryland certified English language arts educator with endorsements for reading and special education. She has over 14 years of experience in K-12 and higher education settings, both public and non-public. She was awarded Loyola University Maryland Literacy Teacher of the Year in 2014. Her areas of clinical interest, research and publication are language, literacy, culture, and teacher development and training.

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Caitlin Condit, Ph.D. Affiliate Faculty of Psychology

Dr. Condit joined the Psychology department in fall 2022 as an affiliate clinical faculty supervisor for the doctoral students at the Loyola Clinical Centers. She completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Maryland, College Park (2010), and received her Ph.D., from The American University (2018). Dr. Condit currently supervises the 1st year Psy.D. students.

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Council Cheryl, MS, CCC-SLP Clinical Faculty of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Cheryl is a licensed and ASHA certified SLP whose professional areas of interest are early intervention and Down syndrome. She has been a full-time pediatric clinical supervisor at Loyola for 34 years, and is passionate about instilling in graduate students the importance of working with families of clients they treat in the clinic. She loves watching her graduate students emerge as competent professionals as they learn their particular passions in this wonderful field.

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Jordan Differding, MS, CCC-SLP Affiliate Faculty of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Jordan Differding began working with Loyola University as an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences in 2020 and joined full-time in fall 2022. He received his M.S. (2015) from Loyola University and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of adult voice and resonance disorders, including videostroboscopy, and the evaluation and treatment of adult cognitive-communication disorders. As part of his clinical training, Jordan has specialized training in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment and the McNeill Dysphagia Treatment Program. Outside of work, Jordan enjoys gardening, woodworking, competing in triathlons, baking, and spending time with his goldendoodle, Chula.

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Lauren Dorris, MS, CCC-SLP Clinical Faculty of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Lauren Dorris is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist and works as a clinical supervisor with SLHS graduate students at the LCC. Lauren’s background has focused on work with the acute care population, where she continues to work on a PRN basis, as well as with the out-patient population. Her primary areas of experience include dysphagia and aphasia within the adult population. An additional area of particular interest to Lauren is the role of speech-language pathologists in providing care and education to patients with advanced complex illness and palliative care needs.

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Brenda Fawcett, Ph.D. Affiliate Faculty of Pscyhology

Dr. Fawcett joined the Psychology department in fall 2021 as an affiliate clinical faculty supervisor for the doctoral students at the Loyola Clinical Centers. She attended the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate work and received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Fawcett currently supervises intakes for our child and adolescent assessment services. Outside of work, she loves to read, bake desserts and bread, cook, do photography, garden and knit.

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Meg Fregeau, MS, CCC-SLP Half-time Visiting Affiliate Clinical Instructor

Meg is a licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist who is currently a clinical pediatric supervisor at the LCC Belvedere clinic. Meg specializes in the treatment of preschool and school age children ranging in age from two through high school. She has experience working in the public school, public separate day school, and private practice. She has a passion for working with students to develop their language and literacy skills.

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Doug Frew, Psy.D. Psychology Division Director

Dr. Frew joined Loyola in September 2017 and received his undergraduate degrees from University of Mary Washington (2007), and graduate degrees from Loyola University Maryland (2012) and William James College (2016). Over the past several years, he supervised adult assessment intakes and taught graduate courses in psychological assessment. In fall 2022, Dr. Frew assumed the position of Psychology Division Director. Most of Dr. Frew’s "free time" is spent enjoying time with his family. He also enjoys many different outdoor activities and likes to do various home improvement tasks.

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Jon Gorman, Psy.D. Affiliate Faculty of Psychology

Dr. Gorman is a licensed psychologist who teaches a course on service learning and social justice and supervises students doing therapy with adult clients. Clinical interests include life transitions, relationship difficulties, and anxiety. He approaches therapy from an interpersonal process, relational psychodynamic, and mindfulness-informed perspective. He also enjoys working with students to collaborate with or offer clinical services to community agencies around Baltimore.

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Lisa Hill, MS, CCC-SLP Half-time Visiting Affiliate Clinical Instructor

Over the last 25 years, Lisa has worked in public and private school settings and through her private practice with pre-K through high school-aged clients with a variety of speech, language and communication challenges. She has worked as a part of interdisciplinary teams with occupational therapists and psychologist to co-treat children with severe speech and communication challenges including childhood apraxia of speech, developmental disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders and frequently applied play-based therapy for language development. She worked extensively with teachers to understand curriculum and typical classroom expectations and to explain the impact of language impairment on students within educational settings. Particular areas of specialty include language development (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics), the impact of language impairment across the grade school through high school curriculum in reading/language arts, math, science and even co-curricular subjects, such as music, art, and foreign language, the interconnection of early speech and language impairment to literacy, including reading, spelling, and written language development. She has a strong focus on developing therapeutic goals and treatment to enable students to develop skills, use appropriate accommodations, and employ self-advocacy to maximize communication and learning across school, home, and work settings.

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Cara Jacobson, Psy.D. Director of Doctoral Field Education, Professor of Psychology

Clinical interests include multiculturalism with a focus on intersectional interpersonal relationships; romantic relationships and Gottman couples therapy with a focus on adult attachment; the treatment of eating disorders; interpersonal and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Research interests include the longitudinal factors in the maintenance of romantic relationships.

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Jill Keller, MS, CCC-SLP

Jill Keller is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist with 14 years of experience working in public and non-public schools. Currently, she is the Senior SLP and Team Lead for the speech department at a local MANSEF, non-public school. Her area of interests includes working with students to use AAC for functional communication and teaching pragmatic language skills using programs such as Social Thinking. Jill especially enjoys working with families, other staff, and the community in providing education and training on using AAC devices for functional communication across settings.

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Elizabeth Knotts, MS, CCC-SLP Voice, Adult Neurogenic Treatment

Elizabeth Knotts started at the LCC in 2021 and is a Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in Voice Therapy and Adult Neurogenic treatment. She completed her undergraduate education at The George Washington University 2010 and received her master’s degree from Loyola University Maryland in 2016. Elizabeth is a Certified Brain Injury specialist and in her current role, is developing a gender-affirming voice therapy program at the LCC. Outside of work, she enjoys baking, hiking, and listening to audiobooks. As a proud member of the queer community, Elizabeth is passionate about providing culturally competent and accessible services to all.

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Christine Lay, Psy.D. Affiliate Faculty of Psychology

Dr. Lay began working at the Loyola Clinical Centers in January 2021. She completed her undergraduate studies at UMBC and is a graduate of Loyola’s Psy.D. program (2020).

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Gina Magyar-Russell, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Magyar-Russell specializes in psychological and spiritual adjustment following adverse life events, with emphasis on the treatment of anxiety, mood, and spiritual problems. Areas of research interest include religious and spiritual coping, sacred moments, and spiritual struggle.

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LaFaye Marshall, Psy.D.

Dr. LaFaye Marshall, the owner of Dr. LaFaye Marshall & Associates, LLC, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. She is also a Certified Sexual Offender Treatment Provider. Dr. Marshall conducts evaluations to determine sexual (re)offending, domestic and community violence, psychological/neuropsychological functioning, criminal responsibility, competency to stand trial/proceed, transfer/waiver, mitigation, and parental capacity. Dr. Marshall is also retained by State and Federal Attorneys to consult on highly-specialized cases involving juveniles sentenced to life, and the psychosexual risk evaluation of females, individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and/or those with Intellectual Disability.

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Cindy Nichols, MS, CCC-SLP Clinical Faculty of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Cindy Nichols is a speech-language pathologist working with adults with neurogenic speech, language, cognitive-linguistic, and swallowing disorders at the Loyola Clinical Centers and in private practice. She is a full-time clinical supervisor working with graduate students in the SLHS program at Loyola University Maryland. She specializes in evaluation, treatment and education in the areas of aphasia due to stroke and neurodegenerative disease, as well as cognitive-communication deficits due to traumatic brain injury. Research interests include use of a task specific treatment approach. Other clinical interests are with deficits associated with primary progressive aphasia, and she is trained in LSVT LOUD for treatment of voice disorders with people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

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Jason Prenoveau, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Jason Prenoveau is a licensed psychologist who specializes in cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, and time-limited psychodynamic therapies for anxiety and depression in adults. Research interests include reproducibility of psychological science and understanding factors that contribute to the development, maintenance, and exacerbation of mood and anxiety disorders. In addition to supervising adult psychotherapy, he teaches research methods and cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders.

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Christina Salama, Ph.D. Affiliate Faculty of Psychology

Dr. Salama joined the Psychology department in fall 2022 as an affiliate clinical faculty supervisor for the doctoral students at the Loyola Clinical Centers. She received her BA in 2005 from St. Mary's College of Maryland and her Ph.D. in 2015 from Georgia State University. Dr. Salama currently supervises graduate students in the pediatric assessment courses and teaches graduate courses in the areas of foundational therapy and interviewing skills and assessment.

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Tom Thompson, MS, CCC-SLP Brain Injury Assessment Program Coordinator, Clinical Faculty

Tom is a Speech-Language Pathologist and has worked in the field of neurorehabilitation in a variety of settings since 1999 including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities and in private practice. He is a member of the clinical faculty of the Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences Department at Loyola University MD and specializes in the assessment and treatment of speech, language, cognitive communication and swallowing disorders following stroke, traumatic brain injury and onset of progressive neurological disease.

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Kara Vincent, MS, CCC-SLP Executive Director

Kara Vincent is a speech-language pathologist and double alum of Loyola College (‘91 and ‘93). She specializes in working with school-aged children in the areas of language and literacy development. After teaching classes for seven years, Vincent took a position in 2013 as the division director for speech-language-hearing sciences and currently serves as the executive director of the LCC.

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Mary Lee Walls, Ms, CCC-SLP Clinical Faculty of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Mary Lee Walls is a licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist who specializes in the treatment of early intervention and school-aged clients with articulation/phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, expressive & receptive language disorders, social skills/pragmatic language skills, and language based reading disorders. She has worked in public, private, & catholic schools over the last 25+ years. She is currently a full-time pediatric supervisor at the LCC’s Columbia Clinic. Mary Lee enjoys working with the graduate students; sharing her knowledge, ideas, and the plethora of resources available in the clinic, working with the clients’ families, and pursuing research interests such as omitting tongue thrust & associated articulation errors.

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Kathleen Ward, Au.D. Audiology Coordinator

Dr. Ward is a Maryland licensed and ASHA certified Audiologist working both in the LCC and teaching in the department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. She supervises speech language pathology students providing interprofessional services as well as students providing audiology services, vestibular screenings, and aural rehabilitation services. Interest areas for Dr. Ward include Interprofessional service delivery, assessment and treatment of Auditory Processing Disorder, and assessment and management of hearing loss with amplification.

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Harriette Wimms, Ph.D. Affiliate Faculty of Psychology

Dr. Harriette E. Wimms is licensed psychologist who specializes in providing compassion-infused assessments and therapies to children and families across the age span. Dedicated to providing affirming and culturally-responsive care, Dr. Wimms holds a PhD in Human Services Psychology and is a certified Human Services Psychologist with specialization in child clinical, pediatric, and community/social psychology. She is dedicated to the prevention of negative outcomes for marginalized individuals, in the context of urban marginalization. Dr. Wimms specializes in child and family mental health program development, professional training, clinical supervision, and parent education. She has served as the founder and director of child, adolescent, and family therapy programs within an outpatient mental health program, a federally qualified health center, an inpatient pediatric hospital, and school settings. She also dedicated to expanded training in the area of trauma-informed care and has provided grief therapy and hospice support to children, families, and adults in urban settings.