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Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders

Clinical Supervisors and Instructors

 

Jo Ann Nicholas, Ed.D., CCC-A received her doctoral degree in audiology from Teachers College in 1977 and has spent her career teaching undergraduate and graduate students in speech/language pathology, as well as providing clinical audiology services in a range of professional settings.  She returned to Teachers College as Director of Audiology Services in 2002 and served as the Director of the Mysak Clinic for several years.  Since 2010 she has been a full time lecturer in audiology here at Teachers College.


 Lauren Liria, M.S., CCC-SLP has been a Clinical Supervisor and Instructor at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders since the fall of 2016. Prior to joining the team at the Mysak Clinic, Lauren worked as a bilingual speech-language pathologist in the New York City Department of Education, serving children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in community schools. There she developed an interest in issues specific to this population, including appropriate identification of language difference vs. language disorder; improving interdisciplinary collaboration; and strengthening professional development to ensure implementation of culturally- and linguistically-appropriate, evidence-based practices across settings. In addition, Lauren has worked as a clinical supervisor and speech-language pathologist in a private practice, providing intensive services to pediatric and adult populations with a variety of communication disorders and needs, including aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, executive function deficits, social communication disorder, fluency disorder, voice disorder, articulation, and receptive-expressive language issues. Lauren has supervised graduate students, clinical fellows, and licensed clinicians across settings; she has also spoken at workshops and conferences across the New York metropolitan area. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University in 2010, graduating summa cum laude with a dual major in linguistics and Spanish, and a minor in speech-language pathology. She received her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from Teachers College in 2012.  


Alice V. Luna, MA, CCC-SLP-TSHH-BE has been a Clinical Supervisor at The Mysak Clinic since Fall 2015 and Instructor of Diagnostics since Spring 2016. Alice is a practicing Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist for 18 years, focusing on patients with developmental, speech, language, executive function, feeding, cognitive, and neurogenic disorders. Prior to joining the Mysak Clinic staff, Alice worked for the New York City Department of Education in community school districts providing assessment and services to bilingual children with communication disorders. She has extensive knowledge regarding New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum, and was an integral part of the Response to Intervention Team at her school. Additionally, she holds a Specialization Certificate in Early Intervention and provides evaluations and home-based services to children and families through various NYS Early Intervention agencies and in private practice. Providing diagnosis and therapy to visually impaired students, as well as medically fragile pediatric populations within the hospital setting are also rewarding experiences in her career. She enjoys mentoring graduate students on their journeys toward becoming SLPs. 

You may contact her via email at: luna@tc.columbia.edu


Jennifer Thomas, M.S. CCC-SLP has been a Clinical Instructor at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders since the Fall of 2015. She is an alumnus of Teachers College, Columbia University receiving her M.S. in speech language pathology in May 2001 and her B.S. degree in communication disorders from Sargent College, Boston University in May 1999. Jennifer has clinical experience across the life span, working within the New York State Early Intervention Program, New York City Committee of Preschool Special Education, New York City Department of Education, skilled nursing and adult day rehabilitation facilities as well as private practice. In addition to her work in Mysak Clinic, Jennifer is currently the supervisor of speech at a transdisciplinary private practice in Brooklyn, NY where she developed a Clinical Fellowship and graduate externship program. She has extensive experience with medically fragile and complex pediatric cases requiring close collaboration across disciplines. Jennifer has a strong clinical interest in speech motor, feeding and autism spectrum disorders.  


Julia Weksler, M.S., CCC-SLP, has been a clinical supervisor since 2016 and a diagnostics instructor in 2017 at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders. Julia has been a Speech pathologist for more than 25 years. She has evaluated and treated patients of all ages with a broad range of disorders. Prior to starting her private and consulting practice, Julia has worked in a variety of school settings and early intervention programs. She has specialized in pediatric feeding, verbal apraxia. cognitive deficits, articulation disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, play development, Autism Spectrum, Attention Deficit Disorders, and infant development. Julia has spoken at parent groups and has been part of many CPSE, CSE, and IEP meeting throughout New York and New Jersey. She has worked with multidisciplinary teams and has hired consultants to work at her practice. Julia graduated Teachers College, Columbia University in 1992.


Ashleigh Wishen, M.H.Sc. CCC-SLP has been a Clinical Instructor at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders since the Spring of 2016. She has broad clinical and academic experience working with pediatrics, adolescents and adults within the neurogenic population in acute hospital, rehabilitation, and community settings. Ashleigh’s work experience includes Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and The Speech Therapy Centers of Canada. She holds a position as Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto and was part of their Integrative Learning Experience curriculum committee. In addition to her teaching and clinical experience, she has publications and peer-reviewed presentations, both international and within Canada. She brings to the clinic her expertise in the assessment and treatment of cognitive communication deficits, motor speech disorders, pediatric dysphagia, and narrative discourse. Ashleigh earned her Masters of Health Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto.