Department Faculty and Staff
Shubha Kashinath, Ph.D., Florida State University
Associate Professor and Interim Department Chair
Areas of Interest: Early Intervention, Treatment Efficacy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Personnel Preparation
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Shubha Kashinath is an Associate Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and the Department’s Continuing Education Administrator. She received an M.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona and a PhD in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Florida State University. Dr. Kashinath’s research is focused on efficacy of communication interventions for individuals with autism, family-centered practices for children with disabilities and development of innovative personnel preparation programs in speech language pathology. She has over 10 years of clinical experience serving families of young children with disabilities in Florida and California. She is a co-investigator on a training grant funded by The California Wellness Foundation (2012-2015).
Elena Dukhovny, Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley and San Francisco State University
Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Areas of Interest: Alternative and Augmentative Communication, Working Memory, Bilingualism
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Elena Dukhovny is an Assistant Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She received an M.A. in CSD from Northwestern University and a PhD in Cognition and Development, with emphasis in Special Education, from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Dukhovny is a licensed clinical speech-language pathologist who has worked in school-based, private practice, non-profit and university settings since 2002. She conducts research in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), looking at the relationship between use of speech generating devices (SGDs) and working memory.
Nidhi Mahendra, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Director, Aging and Cognition Research Clinic
Faculty Lead, CSUEB Partnership with the CSU Institute for Palliative Care
Areas of Interest: Multicultural Issues in Speech-Language Pathology, Cognition and Communication in Dementia and Healthy Aging, Bilingualism
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Nidhi Mahendra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She has been on the faculty at CSUEB since 2006. She earned her MS in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing in India and her Ph.D. in Speech Language Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona. She is a bilingual speech language pathologist and has worked in acute hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, and in early intervention. Her areas of clinical and research expertise are in neurogenic communication disorders - dementia and aphasia, multicultural issues in speech language pathology, and dysphagia. She is the Principal Investigator of a training grant funded by The California Wellness Foundation (2012-2015). She was the 2006 recipient of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Editor's Award, and the 2012 recipient of ASHA's Certificate of Recognition for Distinguished Contribution in Multicultural Affairs.
Pradeep Ramanathn, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Areas of Interest: Voice Disorders, especially in professional voice users; Cognitive Neuroscience; Adult Neurogenic Cognitive and Communicative Disorders
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Dr. Ramanathan holds bachelor’s and master's degrees in Physics, and worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley for several years before pursuing a clinical Master’s degree and subsequently a Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Minnesota. At a level one trauma center in Minneapolis, he worked primarily with individuals with aphasia, TBI, and swallowing disorders, and there helped found one of the country's first intensive aphasia programs. From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Ramanathan worked at the Lions Voice Clinic at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, treating adults with voice disorders. He then joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut. He also worked with the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut to establish the UConn’s first TBI support group and to organize NSSLHA fundraising events for TBI. Dr. Ramanathan joined the faculty at CSUEB in 2015
Sandra Deane, M.A., California State University, Hayward
Sandra Deane is a Senior Speech Language Pathologist at Stanford Hospital and Clinics working in Acute Critical Care with previous clinical positions at John Muir Hospital, Walnut Creek and St. Rose Hospital, Hayward. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University Hayward (now CSUEB) with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a Master of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 2004. She has considerable experience working in a private clinic and elementary school setting providing assessment and treatment for children with speech, language, voice, and swallowing disorders. She currently is a Lecturer at CSUEB and teaches the Dysphagia Class at California State University East Bay. She became a Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders in 2011 and earned the designation of Registered MBSImP Clinician (Modified Barium swallowing Impairment Profile) in 2012.
SallyAnn Giess, Ph.D., University of Florida
Dr. Giess is currently an adjunct faculty member with the California State University system, teaching at California State University, East Bay, San Francisco State University, and San Jose State University. She believes strongly in lifelong learning and giving back to the community by teaching about the prevention of communicative disorders. Dr. Giess serves on professional committees at both the national level with ASHA, and at the state level with CSHA. She has a number of areas of professional interests including differential diagnosis of developmental dyslexia, prevention of communication disorders for children living in poverty, and school-based practice. For her doctoral research, she investigated the effectiveness of a multi-sensory, Orton-Gillingham based intervention for adolescents with dyslexia.
Jennifer Henderson-Sabes, M.A., The George Washington University
Jennifer Henderson Sabes has been teaching at CSU East Bay since 2008. Her clinical interests and research are primarily focused on auditory rehabilitation and tinnitus management. She is a Clinical and Research Audiologist at the University of California San Francisco and co-developed the LACE (Listening and Communication Enhancement) auditory rehabilitation program. Jennifer has authored papers in both peer-reviewed and professional publications as well as book chapters. She completed her Audiology degree at The George Washington University and is pursuing post-graduate education and training in auditory neuroscience at Arizona State University.
Janet Patterson, Ph.D., Kent State University
Dr. Janet Patterson is the Chief of Speech Pathology at the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Martinez, California. Dr. Patterson served as Department Chair from 2004-2007 while Associate Professor of CSD at CSUEB. Recognized as a Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, she is a nationally known expert on aphasia assessment and management, and more recently on Constraint-Induced Language Treatment for persons with aphasia. She frequently teaches classes on Aphasia and Neuromotor Speech Disorders.
Heather Starmer, M.A., University of Pittsburgh
Heather Starmer, M.A. CCC-SLP, BCS-S is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University and the Director of the Head and Neck Cancer Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation Program at the Stanford Cancer Center. Her clinical and research interests include prevention and rehabilitation of speech, voice, and swallowing deficits associated with head and neck cancer. Heather completed her undergraduate training at San Francisco State University and her graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a board certified specialist in swallowing disorders.
Department Clinical Staff
Shelley M. Simrin, M.A., San Francisco State University
Director of Clinical Services
Areas of Interest: Speech and Language Diagnostics, Child Language, Aphasia
Office: MB 1097A
Shelley Simrin has been the Director of the Speech Language Hearing Clinic at CSUEB since 1987. She received her B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley and her M.A. in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University. She considers herself a “generalist.” After spending several years exclusively working with children as an itinerant clinician or a Communication Handicapped classroom teacher, she shifted her focus to adults. She provided treatment to adults with neurogenic disorders, secondary to strokes, head injuries, and other medical conditions in a variety of settings─ critical care, acute rehabilitation, outpatient, skilled nursing and home health. This generalist perspective coupled with her extensive background in supervision provides a strong foundation for the CSUEB Speech-Language Pathologist training program. Her areas of interest include: diagnostics, linguistics, adult and pediatric language impairments, and counseling clients or families. Shelley was the 2011 recipient of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Outstanding Service Award.
Jenny L. Rosenquist, M.A., California StateUniversity, San Diego
Clinical Supervisor and Coordinator of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services, Lecturer
Areas of Interest: Clinical Supervision, Autism Spectrum Disorders
Office: MB 1088
Jenny Rosenquist joined CSUEB in 2007 as a full-time Clinical Supervisor and intermittent lecturer. She received her B.A and M.A. degrees in Communication Disorders from San Diego State University. After 7 years of working with adults in various levels of rehabilitation, including outpatient, acute care and skilled nursing, she spent the next 9 years working with infants and toddlers with developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorders. During this time she worked extensively with families and caregivers in the home environment, and frequently supervised interns and clinical fellows in both the home and classroom. Her areas of interest include clinical supervision, Autism Spectrum Disorders, early childhood language and family centered therapy, and she continues to provide speech therapy to both pediatric and adult clients in their homes.
Ellen Bernstein-Ellis, M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
Clinical Supervisor and Director-Aphasia Treatment Program
Areas of Interest: Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Group Treatment of Aphasia
Office: MB 1564
Ellen Bernstein-Ellis is currently the Director of the Aphasia Treatment Program at CSUEB and developed the Aphasia Tones© choir in 2009, a Life Participation singing group. She received her BA and MA degrees from UC Santa Barbara. She received her initial clinical training at the Martinez VA Medical Center with Dr. Robert T. Wertz where she was a clinician investigating teletechnology as a means to provide aphasia therapy. She worked at Easter Seals Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in Oakland and was the primary clinician on Dr. Roberta Elman’s Efficacy of Group Treatment study. She facilitated conversation groups at the Aphasia Center of California for over 10 years and helped to develop the Book Connection, a program focused on making popular literature accessible for individuals with aphasia. Her area of expertise is group treatment for neurogenic communication disorders. Ellen is the 2014 recipient of a Certificate of Recognition from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association for Special Contributions to Higher Education.
Bonnie Groth, M.A., San Francisco State University
Bonnie Groth has been a certified speech language pathologist for over 37 years. She has been a clinical supervisor at CSUEB since 1997. She received her BA in French and her MA in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from San Francisco State University. She has developed expertise in the areas of childhood language disorders (including autism and deafness), head injury, dysphagia and adult neurological communicative disorders. Her work experience includes acute hospitals, schools, clinic settings and providing expert witness testimony. She was CEO/owner of East Bay Therapy, a speech-language pathology company, from 1991-2010. She speaks French and knows S.E.E. sign.
Karen Jang, M.S., California State University, Hayward
Karen Jang has been a clinical supervisor at CSUEB for 6 years. She has a BS in Genetics and Developmental Biology from UC Berkeley and an MS in Speech Pathology from Cal State Hayward (now CSUEB). She has worked in a variety of settings over the years including as a Communication Disorders Teacher for preschoolers, and a school-based Speech Language Pathologist. She has worked in Medical based settings including inpatient, outpatient, skilled nursing facilities (SNF), rehab hospitals, transitional units and home health. For 6 years she worked in a private school setting with autistic and severely emotionally disturbed children and teens and in Adult Day Settings with developmentally disabled adults. She enjoys working with adults and with alternative and augmentative communication modalities.
Department Administrative Staff
Department Administrative Support Coordinator
Office: MB 1099A
Marianna Wolff graduated from California State University-Hayward (now CSUEB) with a degree in Music - Vocal Performance emphasis. She completed a Preliminary Single-Subject teaching credential in 1995 and a Certificate in Theatrical Production Basics in 2001. She has worked for the campus since 1995, first for the Music Department and then transferring to Communicative Sciences and Disorders in 2004. Her background in music has led to many interesting discussions with faculty and clinical staff in how the study of music and the singer’s voice align with the discipline of speech language pathology. When not supporting the students, faculty, and clinical staff in the department, Marianna enjoys being involved in community theatre.
Clinic Administrative Support Assistant
Office: MB 1099
Juanita Jackson retired after 25 years of employment with California State University, Fresno (now Fresno State), receiving a Certificate in Excellent Services in 2014. She majored in Business Administration at Fresno State after first attending New York University, majoring there in modern dance. Specialization areas at Fresno State included Admissions Evaluator for Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Travel Consultant, and Student Advising. She also has been Supervisor and Proctor for Testing at CSU East Bay. Juanita enjoys her time volunteering in community service programs, and speaks Mandarin.
Department Emeritus Faculty
Jan R. Avent, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco & Santa Barbara
Areas of Interest: Adult neurological disorders, clinical research
Robert C. Peppard, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
Associate Professor Emeritus
Areas of Interest: Voice Disorders, Head and Neck Cancer, Cleft Palate, Multicultural Issues, Speech Science
Norma S. Rees, Ph.D., New York University
Professor Emerita and President Emerita of the University
Areas of Interest: Child language (pragmatics), reading disorders
In honor of Dr. Rees' exceptional contributions to the profession of Speech-Language Pathology and to California State University, East Bay, the department renamed its clinic the Norma S. and Ray R. Rees Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic in May of 2014.
Robert A. Veder, Ph.D., University of Washington
Areas of Interest: Audiology, aural rehabilitation