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Maria Diana Gonzales, Ph.D., CCC-SLPDr. Gonzales
Associate Professor and Chair

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 170
Phone: 512-245-2330
Email: mg29@txstate.edu

Associate Professor
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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
Phone: 512-245-2330
Email: rc39@txstate.edu

Associate Professor
Dr. Domsch
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
Phone: 512-245-6578
 


Valarie B. Fleming, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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.

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Office: Health Professions Building, Room 166
Phone: 512-245-2330
Dr. Flemming
Farzan Irani

Farzan Irani, Ph.D, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor

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
Phone: 512-245-2330
Email: fi10@txstate.edu

Maria Resendiz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor

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
Phone: 512-245-2031
Email:  mr54@txstate.edu  
 
Ms. Resendiz
 

SCHWARZ Amy Louise Schwarz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor

Dr. Schwarz earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she received a New Century Scholar Doctoral Fellowship from the American Speech Language and Hearing Foundation. Her research interests include translating basic research on early language development and pre-literacy into applied research that informs clinical practice and language intervention with children across clinical populations. She has coauthored publications and has presented at national conventions.
 
Office: Health Professions Building, Room 169
Phone: 512-245-6175
Email: als217@txstate.edu
 
Erica Almaraz Erica Almaraz M.S. CCC-SLP
Program Faculty
 
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
Phone: 512-245-3509
Email: ec1110@txstate.edu 


Jessica Bowers, M.S., CCC-SLPMs. Bowers
Program Faculty

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
Phone: 512-245-8689
Email: jh1124@txstate.edu

Jennifer L. Johnson, M.S. CCC-SLP
Program Faculty
Ms. Jennifer Johnson
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
Phone: 512-245-2036
Email: jj43@txstate.edu

Ms. Linda Johnson
Lecturer
 
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
Phone: 512-245-4356
Email: lj19@txstate.edu
 
Ms. Linda Johnson
 

 

 

Jana Proff, M.S., CCC-SLP
Program Faculty
Jana Proff

Ms. Proff graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from Texas State University in 2000 and earned a Master's degree from James Madison University in Virginia in 2002. She was awarded the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and licensed to practice in the state of Texas. She was previously employed at McKenna Health System in New Braunfels, Texas for four years evaluating and treating adult neurogenic patients in the acute care, acute rehabilitation, home health, and outpatient settings and pediatric clients in the outpatient clinic.
 
Office: Health Professions Building, Room 231-D
Phone: 512-245-6658
Clarissa Rodriguez, M.S., CCC-SLP
Lecturer and Co-Clinic Director
 
Clarissa Rodriguez, M.S., CCC-SLP, graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Master's degree from Texas Woman’s University. 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. She was previously employed as a school based speech-language pathologist for nine years.
 
Office: Health Professions Building, Room 231E
Phone: 512-245-6800

 

 
Ms. Rodriguez
 
 

Lori Stiritz, M.A., CCC-A
Senior Lecturer and AudiologistMs. Stiritz

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
Phone: 512-245-2330
Email: ls12@txstate.edu


Renee Wendel, M.S., CCC-SLPMs. Wendell

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
Phone: 512-245-8240
Email: rw18@txstate.edu