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L. Heisler
Lori Heisler
Associate Professor, Department Chair
Dr. Lori Heisler, Ph.D., CCC/SLP-L
(Purdue University, 2004)      
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.
S. Moineau
Suzanne Moineau
Dr. Suzanne Moineau, Ph.D., CCC/SLP-L
(University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University, 2006)

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.
A. Sheer-Cohen
Alison Scheer-Cohen
Assistant Professor

Alison Scheer-Cohen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
(University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006)

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.

K. Nahrstedt
Kristen Nahrstedt
Kristen Nahrstedt, M.A., CCC/SLP
(San Diego State University, 2001)
Director of Clinical Education

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 Director of Clinical Education 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.
D. Acharya
Devina Acharya
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.
K. Catterall
Kathleen Catterall
Kathleen Catterall, M.A., CCC/SLP

Ms. Catterall 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.
L. Coca
Laura Coca
Laura Coca, M.A., CCC/SLP
Lecturer / 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.

Sarah Gonzales

Sarah Gonzales
Sarah Gonzales

Ms. Gonzales is a lecturer and clinical supervisor for CSUSM. She received her B.A. in Communicative Disorders from San Diego State University and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University Northridge.  At CSUSM, she primarily teaches in the post-baccalaureate program and runs an intensive, adolescent social skills clinic during the summer with graduate students. She is also a SLP for the San Dieguito Union High School District where she trains CSUSM graduate interns. Ms. Gonzales areas of interest include assessment and treatment of language disorders in adolescent populations. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm of the profession with anyone who is interested.
J. Hewitt
Joan Hewitt
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.
L. Mauerman
Leslie Mauerman
Leslie Mauerman, MS.Ed

Leslie Mauerman, MS.Ed, is a lecturing professor in the Special Education teacher preparation and graduate program in the School of Education at California State University San Marcos. She has served in this capacity for 17 years and is Coordinator for the Concurrent Credential Program, a unique dual credential program for new teachers. Prior career positions include serving as training consultant for the CA State Department of Education, both in the CA Migrant Education Program, as well as the Special Education Resource Network, Professional Development Unit, providing program development and training both in statewide and nationally. She has collaborated with various universities to develop programs, teach courses, and consult. Prior to this, Leslie served as a program specialist, education specialist and trainer of trainers. Her classroom experience includes students ranging in age from Kindergarten through adulthood with mild to moderate needs. Her published work, research interest and implementation focus has been in the areas of parent training, adult learning, inclusive teacher mentoring, and program effectiveness.
R. Neuhart
Russ Neuhart
Russ Neuhart, Ph.D.

Dr. Russ Neuhart has worked in the Field of Human Services and Education for over 35 years working for Non-profit Agencies, Government Social Services, and Faith Based Communities.  His professional experience includes direct services as a Therapist, Counselor/Case Manager, Program Manager and in Educational Administration.  He received a BA in Psychology and an MA in Religious Education from the University of San Diego.  He received his MA in Psychology and his Doctorate in Applied Psychology from United States International University-Alliant.  His clinical experience encompasses victims of crime, abuse, & trauma; Individual, Couple & Family therapy; and Disability Counseling & Service Delivery.  His research interests are evidence based treatment models & methods for Family Systems Intervention, Step- or "Blended" families, and the impact of Belief Systems on Mental Health.  In addition to teaching in Human Development, Dr. Neuhart has lectured for the School of Education and the Speech-Language Pathology Department at CSUSM.
R. Nortz
Rachel Nortz
Rachel Nortz

Rachel Nortz is a full-time Speech Language Pathologist in Escondido Union School District. She specializes in bilingual preschool and elementary language acquisition. Over the past three years Rachel has worked for CSUSM in a variety of capacities including, post-baccalaureate adjunct lecturer, graduate intern supervisor and clinical supervisor for the Bilingual Preschool Clinic. She is also author/owner of She lives by the beach with her husband and two Jack Russell Terriers.
J. Robledo
Jodi Robledo
Associate Professor
Jodi Robledo, Ph.D., BCBA
(University of San Diego, 2006)

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.
D. Tang
Decemna Tang
Decemna Tang, M.S., CCC/SLP
(Arizona State University, 2000)
Clinical Supervisor

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.