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

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: Willow Hall, Room 253A
Phone: 512.716.2624



Celeste Domsch, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor

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: Willow Hall, Room 261
Phone: 512.716.2624



Maria Diana Gonzales, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor

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: Willow Hall, Room 259
Phone: 512.716.2629



Farzan Irani, Ph.D, CCC-SLP

Associate 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: Willow Hall, Room 249
Phone: 512.716.2618



Ranjini Mohan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

Dr. Mohan received her Bachelor's degree in Speech & Hearing and her Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Mysore, India. She earned her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Gerontology at Purdue University in 2016. Her research interests include identifying age- and disease-related changes in communication across the lifespan. She is specifically interested in understanding the neural bases of cognition and language in typically aging adults and those with neurogenic diseases. She has extensive clinical experience working with adults in acute, sub-acute, and outpatient settings both in the U.S. and in India.

Office: Willow Hall, Room 243
Phone: 512.716.2612



Maria Resendiz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor

Ms. Resendiz earned her 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: Willow Hall, Room 248
Phone: 512.716.2617



Amy Louise Schwarz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

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: Willow Hall, Room 264
Phone: 512.716.2636



Jessica Bowers, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lecturer and Director of Clinical Operations 

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: Willow Hall, Room 113
Phone: 512.716.2990



Emilie Galemore Au.D., CCC-A

 Clinical Lecturer & 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: Willow Hall, Room 260
Phone: 512.716.2630



Jennifer L. Johnson, M.S. CCC-SLP

Clinical Lecturer

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: Willow Hall, Room 244
Phone: 512.716.2616



Linda Johnson, M.Ed., CCC-SLP


Linda Johnson, M.Ed. CCC-SLP 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: Willow Hall, Room 245
Phone: 512.716.2614



Lori Stiritz, M.A., CCC-A

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: Willow Hall, Room 263
Phone: 512.716.2635

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Cecilia Perez, M.S. CCC-SLP

Clinical Lecturer

Ceci Perez earned both her bachelor and master of science degree in communication disorders from Texas State University.  She has worked in a variety of settings including public schools, home health and early childhood intervention. 

Ms. Perez is excited to be back at her alma mater to guide and support future speech-language pathologists. 


Office: Willow Hall, Room 242
Phone: 512.716.2609



Jason Tipps, M.Ed., M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Lecturer

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: Willow Hall, Room 247
Phone: 512.716.2607



Renee Wendel, M.S., CCC-SLP

Senior Lecturer and Director of Clinical Education 

Renee Wendel earned a master's degree from Texas State University in 1994, and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, and is licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. She teaches CDIS 5344 -Advanced Clinical Practicum, and CDIS 5689 - Internship in Communication Disorders. Her clinical expertise is in assessment and intervention of autism spectrum disorders, as well as emergent literacy.

Office: Willow Hall, Room 114
Phone: 512.716.2604



Kathryn R. Hayes, M.A., CCC-SL P

Clinical Lecturer

Kathryn R. Hayes received her B.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin, and her M.A. from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. She comes with extensive experience in the areas of adult neurological disorders, dysphagia and cognitive rehabilitation. Her clinical work settings include acute hospital, rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, specialized TBI rehabilitation centers and a private practice (owner). Positions held include speech-language pathologist, director of neurological rehabilitation, and Director of Clinical Services. She has a special interest in the Parkinson’s Disease population, and ran a support group in Wimberley, Tx for 12 years. Her passion is working with students to help them develop professional competency and also a love for the field of speech-language pathology.

Office: Willow Hall, Room 241
Phone: 512.716.2608

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The master's (MSCD and MA) education program in speech-language pathology at Texas State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700