Information For


 Dr. Moineau

Suzanne Moineau, Ph.D., CCC/SLP-L
Associate Professor

Chair, Department of Speech-Language Pathology
Program Director, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Dr. Suzanne Moineau, Ph.D., CCC/SLP (University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University, 2006). Dr. Moineau joined the faculty at CSUSM in January of 2006; her main area of specialization is in neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders. Dr. Moineau is the Program Director and currently serves as the Department Chair for SLP. Dr. Moineau’s research focuses on basic research in cognitive-linguistic functioning in those with acquired brain injuries and aspects of teaching and learning in higher education.



Lori Heisler, Ph.D., CCC/SLP-L
Assistant Professor

Dr. Heisler, Ph.D., CCC/SLP (Purdue University, 2004). Dr. Heisler joined Cal State San Marcos in Fall 2010; her areas of specialization are in child language disorders and child phonology. Dr. Heisler has over 15 years of international clinical experience working in a children's rehab center, private practice and in public schools.   Her research interests center around the interaction of speech and language in production processes, improving public education outcomes for infants and children from multicultural and multilingual populations and teaching and learning.



Kristen Nahrstedt, M.A., CCC/SLP
Clinical Director

Kristen Nahrstedt, MA, CCC/SLP (San Diego State University, 2001). Ms. Kristen Nahrstedt joined Cal State San Marcos in July 2012 as a clinical supervisor for the adult neurological clinic. In July 2013 she took on the position of Clinic Director for the program. Kristen Nahrstedt has been practicing speech-language pathology for the past 14 years working with a wide range of communicative disorders. She received her undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Northridge in 1999 and earned her Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders from San Diego State University in 2001. Her areas of focus include multicultural and multi-linguistic clinical practice issues, supervision and aphasia/stroke rehabilitation.  She has experience in early intervention settings, school settings, skilled nursing facilities, hospital settings, academic instruction, and supervision. 


Alison Scheer-Cohen

Alison R. Scheer-Cohen, Ph.D., CCC/SLP
Assistant Professor

Alison Scheer-Cohen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006). Before joining California State University, San Marcos in Fall 2013, Dr. Scheer-Cohen worked as a speech-language pathologist in both the hospital setting and private practice. She was also a lecturer at San Diego State University and a visiting instructor at the University of Iowa. In both academic positions, she taught courses, supervised graduate students in clinic, and engaged in multiple research projects. Dr. Scheer-Cohen's primary research interests include the speech of children with sensorimotor speech and low-incidence disorders, in addition to typical speech acquisition.


Adjunct Program Faculty and Supervisors


Devina Acharya, M.A., CCC/SLP
Clinical Contracts and Placement Director

Devina Acharya, M.A., CCC/SLP (San Diego State University, 1999). Ms. Acharya has been with CSUSM since 2011. She has worked in a variety of medical settings, including inpatient, outpatient, acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing. She is currently Lead SLP at Palomar Health. At CSUSM, Devina serves as Clinical Placements and Contracts Director, and teaches in the post-baccalaureate program. Her areas of interest include traumatic brain injury, tracheostomy/ventilator-dependence and end-of-life issues. She enjoys bringing her daily experience with patients into her teaching.


Kathleen Catterall, M.A., CCC/SLP
Adjunct Lecturer

Kathleen Catterall, M.A., CCC/SLP is Manager of Rehabilitation Services for Sharp HealthCare where she began as a staff SLP 34 years ago.  She is a lecturer at CSUSM and SDSU.   She has responsibilities for regulatory compliance for speech and other rehab services in Sharp including supervision of the SLPs in the system.


Laura Coca, M.A., CCC/SLP
Adjunct Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor

Laura Coca, M.A., CCC/SLP is an adjunct faculty member and clinic supervisor at CSUSM.  Ms. Coca received her B.S. in Communication Disorders from San Francisco State University and her M.A. in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She has worked for the past 16 years in a Brain Injury Day Treatment Program at a local community hospital, were she has been instrumental in evaluating and developing treatment plans for patients with a wide variety of neurological diagnoses.  She has also established student internship and student volunteer programs at the hospital. Ms. Coca’s areas of interest are traumatic brain injury and community and work reentry and has presented on these topics both locally and nationally.



Joan Hewitt, Au.D., FAAA, CCC-A
Adjunct Lecturer

Joan Hewitt, Au.D., FAAA, CCC-A is a pediatric audiologist with over 25 years of experience in diagnosing and treating infants and children with hearing loss.  Board certified with a specialization in cochlear implants, Dr. Hewitt has advanced degrees in both audiology and auditory/oral education of the deaf. Her clinical and research interests include early identification of hearing loss, appropriate intervention through hearing aids and cochlear implants, and optimal speech and language development through aural (re)habilitation for children with hearing loss.  A main focus of her work is to help others recognize and overcome the profound effects hearing loss can have on speech, language, cognitive, social, and emotional development. 



Marianne Miller, M.A., CCC/SLP
Clinical Supervisor

Marianne Miller, M.A., CCC/SLP joined California State University San Marcos in January 2015 as a clinical supervisor.  She has worked in the public school setting for thirty-eight years at preschool, elementary and secondary levels working with a wide range of communicative disorders.  She received her undergraduate degree in Speech and Language Therapy from Bowling Green State University in 1974 and earned her Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders from California State University Long Beach in 1985.  Her areas of focus include autism and social thinking interventions at the secondary level with an emphasis on inclusive practices. She developed a district wide peer mentoring/anti-bullying program in the San Diego Unified School District impacting over forty schools.



Jodi Robledo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Jodi Robledo, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Special Education at California State University, San Marcos and serves as the Co-Coordinator of the Education Specialist Credential Programs and Master’s Degree option. She is also the Program Director for the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate of Advanced Study. Dr. Robledo also teaches courses in the Speech and Language Pathology Department. Prior to this appointment, she was K-12 Autism Specialist and Education Specialist in an urban multicultural school district. Dr. Robledo currently teaches courses with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder, supporting individuals with moderate/severe disabilities, and inclusive education. She has joint referred journal publications, several book chapters, and numerous national conference presentations. Her research interests focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder, supportive relationships, sensory and movement differences, building self-advocacy skills in youth with ASD, and inclusive education.


Summer Clinical Supervisors

Christine Goan

Sarah Gonzales

Dawn Shirvanian

Decemna Tang

Dana Tappen