Faculty & Staff

Assistant Professor of Practice/Director of the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders

Dr. Rosenzweig serves children with hearing loss and their families around the world via telepractice and mentors future speech-language pathologists.  As a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist (LSLS Cert. AVT), she is passionate about parent/caregiver mediated early intervention to help children with hearing loss develop listening and spoken language.  Her research interests include trauma-informed care, culturally responsive auditory verbal practice, outcomes for children with hearing loss, and personnel preparation.

Bernadine Gagnon, MS, CCC-SLP
Assistant Clinic Director Externship Coordinator

Bernadine Gagnon, MS, 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 teaching ESL in public schools, as well as university settings, she received her MS degree in speech and 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 and swallowing and working with adult patients with neurogenic speech and language disorders.  Bernadine has published in peer reviewed journals and speaks at conferences nationally. In addition to her role as Chief Clinical Supervisor, Bernadine oversees the Aphasia Clinic within the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders. The Aphasia Clinic provides therapy for up to 80 patients monthly in our Monday and Saturday Aphasia Programs.

Chief Clinical Supervisor

Paula V Pineda, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE (Spanish) received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Adelphi University in 2011, and is currently pursuing her Clinical Doctorate at Northwestern University, where she is expected to graduate in March 2023. Paula began her career as a school-based SLP for the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE). For 11 years, she worked with children (K-5) from very diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in a community school in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights, Queens. Throughout her years in the NYC DOE, Paula supervised graduate students during their student teaching experiences and SLPs completing their clinical fellowship. She conducted training sessions for colleagues at the school and district level, as well as parents at the school where she worked. Additionally, Paula has experience as a home-based provider and evaluator, working for the New York State Early Intervention program. She used a family-centered approach during interventions and assessments, and worked closely with families and caregivers to help them identify their unique strengths and areas/goals they wanted to work on. In addition to her role as Chief Clinical Supervisor at the Mysak CLinic, Paula teaches the School Speech-Language Hearing Programs, a graduate course in the Speech-Language Pathology Program at Teachers College. Paula’s areas of focus are working with culturally and linguistically diverse children and families, multicultural/bilingual issues in communication disorders, engaging in culturally responsive practices, and using a family-centered approach to interventions and assessments. Paula is passionate about increasing representation in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders and working closely with graduate students to help them develop the tools and skills needed to feel confident when providing assessments and interventions to diverse populations. She volunteers at a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocate for diversity within the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders to better serve our communities.

 

Clinical Supervisor

Stephanie Sala, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE earned her Master of Science degree in Speech & Language Pathology from Teachers College in May of 2015. She also pursued and obtained her Teaching of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) and Bilingual Extension in Spanish. She began her clinical career at NYU Langone Medical Center-Brooklyn, working with adults in the acute care setting. During her time at NYU, she provided speech, language, cognitive-linguistic, and clinical dysphagia evaluations, across a variety of different medical environments. She then transitioned to working with pediatrics at Blythedale Children’s Hospital. During her time at Blythedale she provided speech, language, feeding, AAC, and cognitive-linguistic evaluations and therapy for children with acquired brain injuries, congenital disorders, developmental delays, progressive neurodegenerative diseases, sensory-behavioral feeding difficulties, and tracheostomy and ventilator dependence in both medical and school-based settings. Stephanie has a passion and interest for working with the acquired brain injury population, across the lifespan. Prior to starting at Teachers College, Stephanie supervised graduate students in the field as an externship supervisor. Additionally, she was an adjunct Clinical Educator at Lehman College. As a Full-Time Clinical Supervisor at Teachers College, Stephanie finds it imperative to maintain open communication and serve as a resource and guide for her graduate students. 

Part-Time Clinical Supervisor Diagnostics Coordinator

Jonathan Jolivette is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in helping clients diagnosed with hearing loss develop listening and spoken language skills. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Houston in 2013, he then earned a Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. After graduation, he joined The Auditory-Verbal Center in Atlanta, Georgia, a clinic that focuses on serving clients diagnosed with hearing loss. In 2018 he earned the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist designation. In addition to his general interest in helping clients diagnosed with hearing loss, he has a specific interest in understanding the impact of hearing loss on literacy development among children diagnosed with hearing loss.

 

Part-Time Clinical Supervisor

Diana Acevedo, M.S. CCC-SLP is a bilingual speech language pathologist who received her Bachelor's degree from Purdue University and her Master’s in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University. Diana has extensive experience working with a variety of speech, language and feeding disorders/ delays in diverse settings. She has had the opportunity to work at the University of Chicago Hospital and Craniofacial Center at University of Illinois at Chicago Cleft teams. She also served as the team lead Speech Language Pathologist on the Craniofacial and Cleft Palate program at Duke University Hospital. Diana has had the opportunity to present in the areas of cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, resonance disorders, velopharyngeal dysfunction, and feeding. She has had been invited to present at the following national and international conferences and events: American Cleft Palate Association (ACPA), Illinois Speech Hearing Association (ISHA), American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), the Mexico Congress for Cleft Palate in Puebla, Mexico, Speech Therapy Seminar in Ecuador, and at the South American Cleft Palate Congress in Salvador Brazil. Diana serves as a Clinical Supervisor training graduate students from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Aurora Anastasi
Clinic Secretary

Aurora Anastasi earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from Lehman College in 2016. She joined Edward D. Mysak clinic for Communication Disorders in October 2017. Aurora loves languages and is bilingual in English and Albanian. She enjoys spending time with her family and writing short stories and poetry.

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