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Lori Heisler

L. Heisler

Lori Heisler
Associate Professor, Department Chair

Dr. Lori Heisler, Ph.D., CCC/SLP-L

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.

 

Suzanne Moineau

S. Moineau

Suzanne Moineau
Interim Vice Provost; Interim Associate Dean of Extended Learning

Dr. Suzanne Moineau, Ph.D., CCC/SLP-L

Dr. Moineau joined the faculty at CSUSM in January of 2006 to design, develop and launch the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She has over 18 years of experience working as a medical speech-language pathologist in acute care settings. She teaches courses related to the neuroscience of communication and swallowing, acquired language disorders in adults, dysphagia, and anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism. Her research interests focus on the nature of acquired language and swallowing disorders, and teaching and learning in the field of speech-language pathology. She has extensive experience in program and curricular development at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
 

Alison Scheer-Cohen

A. Sheer-Cohen

Alison Scheer-Cohen
Associate Professor

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.

 

Darin Woolpert

D. Woolpert

Darin Woolpert
Assistant Professor

Darin Woolpert, Ph.D., CCC/SLP-L

 

Dr. Woolpert joined the Speech-Language Pathology department at CSU San Marcos in Fall of 2018. His research focuses on spoken-language factors that predict literacy development in Spanish-speaking children. He has previously worked as a bilingual (Spanish-English) speech-language pathologist in local schools. In previous faculty positions at Loma Linda University and Midwestern University-Glendale, he gained valuable program-development experience, as well as teaching experience in courses on Literacy, Speech-Sound Disorders, and Child Language Development and Disorders.

 

Kristen Nahrstedt

 K. Nahrstedt

Kristen Nahrstedt
Lecturer

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.

 

Laura Coca

L. Coca

Laura Coca
Lecturer

Laura Coca, M.A., CCC/SLP
Clinical Supervisor


Laura 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, where 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

J. Hewitt

Joan Hewitt
Lecturer

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

Dr. Hewitt 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.
 

Rachel Nortz

R. Nortz

Rachel Nortz
Lecturer

Rachel Nortz, M.A., CCC/SLP

Rachel Nortz is a full-time lecturer and clinical supervisor for CSUSM. She received her B.A. in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from San Diego State University and he M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from San Jose State University. At CSUSM, she primarily teaches the bachelor's program, but also teaches in the post-baccalaureate and master's programs. Rachel's previous work includes mentor/lead SLP in Escondido Union School District. Her areas of interest include treatment and assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse populations, caseload management, birth-elementary language acquisition and professional aspects of SLP.  She enjoys living, working, and supporting the community in San Marcos.
 

Jodi Robledo

J. Robledo

Jodi Robledo
Associate Professor

Jodi Robledo, Ph.D., BCBA
School of Education

Dr. Robledo is an Associate Professor in the School of Education 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.
 

Decemna Tang

D. Tang

Decemna Tang
Clinical Supervisor

Decemna Tang, M.S., CCC/SLP

Decemna joined the Department of Speech-Language Pathology as a Summer Clinic Supervisor in 2013.  In her 15 years of practice, she has worked with clients of all ages in the public schools, private practice, outpatient clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health settings.   Her experience has allowed her opportunities to collaborate with professionals from a variety of disciplines in the treatment plans of individuals with different diagnoses and disorders.  Currently, Ms. Tang supervises graduate clinicians at the CSUSM Speech-Language Clinic while continuing her practice in the public schools during the academic year.