Associate Professor, Department Chair
Director, Master of Science program, Post-Baccalaureate Prerequisite program
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.
Alison Scheer-Cohen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Program Coordinator: Bachelor of Science program
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.
Kristen Nahrstedt, M.A., CCC-SLP
Director of Clinical Education
Ms. 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.
Lecturer, Clinical Supervisor
Megan Yeager is a lecturer and clinical supervisor for CSUSM. She received her B.A. and M.A. from CSUSM, and was part of the first master-level cohort for Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Ms. Yeager teaches for the bachelor and post-baccalaureate programs. During summers, she runs an intensive clinic at TERI Inc., where she supervises graduate students working with adults with significant developmental disabilities. She also trains graduate students in case management and assessment and treatment skills at her primary work site, with the Cardiff School District. Ms. Yeager’s professional interests are in the areas of augmentative and alternative communication and childhood speech and language disorders. Her professional experience is primarily supporting children in preschool through sixth grade with articulation and phonology, as well as expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language disorders. Ms. Yeager enjoys giving back to the program that has given so much to her, as well as sharing with students what a joy it is to work in this field.