Kaitlin Dondorf, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist and a third year doctoral student in the Ph.D. program in Speech-Language Pathology at Adelphi University. She received her B.A. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from SUNY New Paltz in 2006 and her M.S. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Adelphi in 2008. Kaitlin is currently employed at the North Shore Center for Speech, Language and Swallowing Disorders. Her primary interests focus on adults with neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders. Kaitlin is interested in completed her doctoral research in the area of aphasia treatment and management.
Projects: Kaitlin is currently involved in two research projects through the Neural Bases of Speech and Swallowing Disorders Lab. One study investigates therapeutic techniques to improve swallowing disorders status post stroke. The other project focuses on the communication between persons with aphasia and their carer.
Lauren Farrell is a graduate student in the master’s program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Adelphi University. She is currently student teaching at Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School. She held a student clinician position at the Hy Weinberg Center for Communication Disorders where she treated a range of disorders including aphasia and traumatic brain injury. Lauren has recently received the Marie Newton Sepia Memorial Scholarship Award, which awards students who are preparing for a career helping children with brain-related disorders or disabilities.
Project: Surface Electromyography (sEMG) Used as a Biofeedback Instrument During Dysphagia Therapy in Post-Stroke Patients
Selene Gatzonis is a second year graduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. She holds an M.A. in TESOL from CW Post and a B.F.A. in Writing from Pratt Institute. Selene has special interests in bilingualism, language acquisition, fluency, voice, yoga and other mind-body treatments. She is currently conducting a pilot research study on the effects of a yoga breathing program on the fluency and self-perception of individuals who stutter. She looks forward to integrating these interests into clinical practice.
Project: The Effects of a Modified Yoga Breathing Program on the Fluency Skills and Self-Perception of an Individual Who Stutters