Clinic Director: Kathleen M. Youse, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC ANCDS
Kathleen M. Youse, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC ANCDS has been the Director of the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders since January 2011 and the Program Chair for the Program in Speech-Language Pathology since September 2013. Prior to joining the Mysak Clinic, Dr. Youse was on the faculty at the University of Kentucky in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. She received her B.A. from Rutgers University in New Jersey, her M.A. from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, and her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in Storrs. In addition to holding the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), Dr. Youse has been a Board Certified member of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) since 2006 and has been the Certification Board Chair for ANCDS since 2010. Her research investigates the impact of cognitive deficits on communication in individuals with traumatic brain injury with a particular interest in the validity of treating attention and memory deficits as a means for improving proficiency of conversational discourse in this population. She has extensive clinical experience with individuals who have neurologic communication disorders and has worked in several well respected medical institutions including Moss Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.
Elise Wagner, M.S. CCC-SLP has been the Assistant Director of the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders since the summer of 2005, having joined our staff in the fall of 2004. At the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Wagner studied the Biological Basis of Behavior (biopsychology) and completed an unofficial minor in Spanish. At Sargent College of Boston University, she received, with distinction, a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders. Working in a pediatric rehabilitation facility in Boston, she developed an interest in children with autism and communication differences and disabilities in bilingual/bicultural children. Her interests and expertise in pediatric populations were further enhanced with training in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, a holistic approach to working with cerebral palsied children. Returning to the New York area and focusing on bilingual/bicultural issues, she completed the bilingual extension of the NYS Teacher of Speech/Language Disordered certificate while servicing infants, toddlers and preschoolers at Cassidy's Place, until she joined our staff. She has recently begun doctoral studies here at Teachers College, intending to focus on bilingual/bicultural aspects of communication disorders.
Bernadine Gagnon, R.N., M.S. CCC-SLP has been a supervisor at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders since the fall of 2004, moving into her current position as Chief Clinical Supervisor in the fall of 2005. Bernadine has been in the health profession for over fifteen years, with nursing being her first profession. She later graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Stony Brook with dual majors in Linguistics and Biology and a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. After several years of teaching ESL in public schools, as well as university settings, she received her MS degree in speech/language pathology from Teachers College in 2001 and worked in various health care settings before joining our staff. Bernadine's clinical experiences range across the lifespan from infants and toddlers through geriatrics. Primary clinical interests are pediatric feeding/swallowing, fluency, and language disorders in both pediatric and adult populations. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree with primary research interests in dysphagia, fluency, and voice.
Lindsay Milgram, MS CCC-SLP, has been a Clinical Instructor at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders since the Fall of 2011. Prior to joining the staff at the Mysak Clinic, Lindsay served as a Speech and Language Pathologist for the New York City Department of Education for over five years. She specializes in working with children with severe to profound developmental disabilities including cognitive disabilities, cerebral palsy, and various degrees of Autism. She shares her knowledge and expertise in Augmentative and Alternative Communication; school-age language disabilities; and state educational standards. Lindsay's clinical experience also includes targeting therapy in articulation, auditory processing, syntax and grammar, semantics and vocabulary, word finding, oral and written language, narrative language, pragmatic language, and executive functioning. During her time with the Department of Education, Lindsay supervised graduate students during their externships, providing hands-on clinical experience and fostering an understanding of multi-disciplinary service delivery. Lindsay earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with high distinction, at The Pennsylvania State University and received a Master of Science Degree in Speech and Language Pathology at Teachers College, Columbia University.