Chair and Associate Professor
Dr. Fleming received her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include cognitive and linguistic aging in normal and disordered populations, health literacy, and variables influencing access and utilization of health services in culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Dr. Fleming teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in cognitive rehabilitation, neuroanatomy, and neurogenic language disorders. She has rehabilitative experience with adolescents and adults in acute care, sub-acute care, and outpatient settings.
Office: Health Professions Building, Room 170
Rahul Chakraborty, Ph.D., received his bachelor’s degree in Speech Therapy and Audiology and his master’s degree in Linguistics, both from Bombay University, India. He earned a doctoral degree from Purdue University in 2006. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at Texas State. He has taught courses at University of Calcutta, India. His interdisciplinary research interests revolve around physiological evidence of first and second language interaction in adult bilinguals. He is the director of Speech kinematics laboratory.
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Office: Health Professions Building, Room 169
Dr. Celeste Domsch received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, where she received a Doctoral Fellowship from the Bamford-Lahey Children's Foundation. Prior to coming to Texas State, she taught at Vanderbilt, Baylor University, and The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include lexical growth in children who are late to talk, and she is now collecting data on longer-term outcomes in this population. She has co-authored a publication on the development of C-V coarticulation, and has presented at regional and national conferences.
Office: Health Professions Building, Room 167
Maria Diana Gonzales, Ph.D., CCC/SLP, earned a doctoral degree from Ohio University in Speech-Language Pathology in 1997. She is a bilingual speech-language pathologist who holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in the state of Texas. Dr. Gonzales has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in normal language development, childhood language disorders, assessment and intervention with culturally and linguistically diverse populations and second language acquisition. She has co-authored several manuscripts, written a book chapter, and presented numerous papers at state and national conferences.
Office: Health Professions Building, Room 166
Farzan Irani, Ph.D., CCC/SLP received his bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology at the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Mumbai India. He received his master's degree and earned his doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Bowling Green State University, OH. He has experience working as a graduate student and clinician at Bowling Green State University's Intensive Clinic for Adolescents and Adults. He also gained experience in delivering therapeutic services to People Who Stutter via telepractice during his doctoral program. His research interests include psychosocial aspects of stuttering, multicultural aspects of stuttering, and treatment effectiveness in stuttering.
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Office: Health Professions Building, Room 171
Ms. Resendiz earned her Ph.D.at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She has worked with bilingual children and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in school, rehabilitation, and early childhood settings. Her research interests include how children learn language, specifically the role of children’s experience with English in learning English grammar. She has co-authored publications on language learning within the context of narratives with children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and has presented at national conferences.
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Office: Health Professions Building, Room 174
Dr. Schwarz earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research interests include translating basic research on early language development and preliteracy into applied research that informs clinical practice and language intervention. She is particularly interested in identifying the social, linguistic, and perceptual cues young children use to acquire verbs. As she identifies these cues in children developing language in a typical fashion, she will design and test the efficacy of simple no cost treatments for children across clinical populations.
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Office: Health Professions Building, Room 169
Erica Almaraz graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University in 2001, and received a Master’s Degree from Texas State University in 2006. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in the state of Texas. She was previously employed as a school-based speech-language pathologist for six years.
Office: Health Professions Building, Room 217D
Program Faculty and Clinic Co-Director
Jessica Bowers earned both her Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Communication Disorders from Texas State University. She has worked primarily with families of children with severe developmental delays and feeding disorders (dysphagia) through early childhood intervention and home health services. She has also provided assessment and intervention for adults with neurogenic communication disorders and dysphagia in long-term acute care hospitals.
Office: Health Professions Building, Room 217A
Shara Frederickson, M.S., CCC-SLP
Program Faculty and Clinical Supervisor
Shara Fredrickson earned her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has gained a rich variety of clinical experience with both pediatric and adult clientele in clinic, school, home health and skilled nursing settings. In 2002 Ms. Fredrickson pursued her interest in augmentative/alternative communication, working as an Assistive Technology Specialist for Northside ISD in San Antonio for the next 14 years. In her current position as a clinical supervisor on the Texas State CDIS Team, Ms. Fredrickson is eager to share her experience with future clinicians.
Office: Health Professions Building, Room 247
Program Faculty and Audiologist
Emilie Galemore Au.D., CCC-A, graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo., and received her Doctorate of Audiology from The University of Kansas. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in the state of Texas. Previously, she worked in private practice audiology and ENT clinics; as well as completing her clinical externship at a large cochlear implant clinic.
Office: Health Proffessions Building, Room 150B
Jennifer L. Johnson, M.S. CCC-SLP holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University and received a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Texas State University. She holds a certificate of Vocology from the University of Iowa and has extensive clinical experience in the area of voice. She was formerly the senior voice pathologist for Robert T. Sataloff, M.D. and Associates and Instructor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine where she was actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows, as well as speech-language pathologists and singing voice specialists from around the world. She also has been active in research with the American Institute of Voice and Ear Research and with the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Office: Health Professions Building, Room 217C
Linda Johnson, M.Ed. CCC received her masters degree in speech pathology from Southwest Texas State University and has worked extensively in the field of speech and language pathology with children, adolescents and adults. In addition to many years of clinical practice, Ms. Johnson has worked on program development and in management of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs. Ms. Johnson also has offered clinical practicum supervision for Texas State student speech clinicians in various settings. Currently, she specializes in adult neurogenic and swallowing disorders.
Office: Health Professions Building, Room 217B
Senior Lecturer and Audiologist
Audiologist since 1983 and has been licensed in the State of Texas since 1993. Her clinical specialty is the diagnosis and treatment of auditory processing disorders. Ms. Stiritz teaches the undergraduate classes related to hearing (CDIS 3469: Introduction to Hearing Science, CDIS 4420: Audiology, CDIS 4370: Aural Rehabilitation), Neuroanatomy (CDIS 3412), and the graduate-level audiology practicum courses (CDIS 5321).
Office: Health Professions Building, Room 173
Mr. Tipps received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in Latin American Studies and Spanish in 2000. He received a Master of Education with a major in Elementary Education Bilingual/Bicultural in 2004, and a Master of Science in Communication Disorders in 2009 from Texas State University. Prior to becoming a speech pathologist, he was a third grade teacher for the Austin Independent School District. His speech pathology professional experience includes employment in the pediatric home health and adult rehabilitation settings.
Office: Health Professions Building, Room 247
Senior Lecturer and Co-Clinic Director
Renee Wendel earned a Master's Degree from Texas State University in 1994. She teaches advanced clinical practicum and internship in communication disorders and has extensive clinical practice in the area of adult neurogenic communication disorders.
Office: Health Professions Building, Room 101A