Amanda Bennett M.S., CCC-SLP
Professor of Practice
I received a B.A. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from West Chester University and a M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Marywood University. I am currently a clinical supervisor for the on-campus speech-language-hearing clinic. I have spent a majority of my career working in the medical setting at hospitals and acute in-patient rehab clinics with both the pediatric and adult populations. I also have experience within the early intervention, home health and nursing home settings. My professional areas of interest include childhood apraxia, adult acquired communication disorders, brain injury, and pediatric and adult feeding and swallowing disorders.
Heather Ceccarelli MS, CCC/SLP
Professor of Practice
I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as my Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Marywood University. I have experience working in the school setting as well as outpatient rehabilitation and acute care settings with a varied caseload from pediatric through geriatric. I am also certified in LSVT LOUD®, a treatment for voice disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease. I joined Marywood in the spring of 2019 as a clinical supervisor in the on-campus speech-language clinic. My professional areas of interest include childhood apraxia of speech, phonology, adult motor speech disorders and voice.
Mona Griffer Ed.D, CCC/SLP, ASHA Fellow
I am an Associate Professor and the Founding Director of the Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology. I earned a Master's of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Brooklyn College, CUNY in 1982 and a Doctor of Education Degree in Child and Youth Studies from Nova Southeastern University in 1997. As a Board Certified Child Language Specialist (BCS-CL), my clinical areas of expertise and research interests include family-centered early intervention service delivery, pediatric language development and disorders, emergent literacy, pediatric oral-motor/feeding development and deficits, multicultural issues, and the supervisory process. I'm an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), serving as a former site visitor for the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA), the 2016 Chairperson of the Multicultural Issues Board, on numerous Convention Program Committees. Currently I serve on ASHA's Committee on Honors (2019-2021) and the Editorial Board for Communication Disorders Quarterly (CDQ), a publication of The Council for Exceptional Children: Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness.
PT Administrative Assistant
I received my B.S. in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton in 1999. After graduation, I began working with children with autism at a children's behavioral health agency. I worked one-on-one with children in both school and home settings. It was at times a very challenging, yet very rewarding job. It was so wonderful to see the children I worked with accomplish tasks independently that we had worked on together. Today, I am the billing secretary in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department at Marywood. I enjoy working with the faculty and staff in the CSD department. It is a pleasure to come to work everyday.
Renee S. Jourdanais M.S., CCC/SLP
Assistant Professor of Practice; Clinic Director
I received a B.S. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Marywood College, and a M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Nazareth College, Rochester, NY. I have worked at Marywood University since 2000 in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Currently, I am the clinic director for the on-campus clinic and supervise student clinicians for both diagnostic evaluations and therapeutic services. My professional interests include supervision as well as individuals with cleft palate/craniofacial anomalies, dyspraxia, and aphasia. In addition to my department role, I also serve as the university's Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR).
Marla Kovatch M.A., CCC/SLP
Professor of Practice
I joined Marywood University in 2009 as an adjunct clinical supervisor assisting with speech-language-hearing screenings and language stimulation groups. I have become a full time clinical faculty member in August 2013. I am currently the facilitator of the Marywood University Aphasia Support Group and Clinical Supervisor for the on-campus Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Marywood University and my Master of Arts Degree from University of Maine, Orono. I am a PA licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. I have focused my clinical practice in the treatment of both pediatric and geriatric clients in a variety of setting which include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, public and private schools, and private practice. I have clinical experience with Family Based Treatment as a service delivery model as well as teaching communication methods for reducing challenging behaviors. My primary areas of interest are speech-language/cognitive disorders related to aphasia and traumatic brain injury, AAC with complex communication needs, ESL/accent modification, and Language/Literacy.
Department Administrative Assistant
After working in the financial industry for 30 years coming to Marywood was a big career change for me. As the department admin. assistant I am involved in all aspects of the department, from greeting clients and ordering supplies to supervising the billing function. I really enjoy working with the students and my peers, but my favorite thing is seeing the client's speech develop after, in some cases, a few therapy sessions. I feel such a sense of pride for my department when I see a child come in and start a conversation with me when our initial contact was barely a glance. The thought that I had a small part in this transformation makes coming to work every day a pleasure.
Mary Margaret Mazzaccaro M.S., CCC/SLP
Assistant Professor of Practice; Internship Coordinator
I received my B.S. in Communication Disorders in May 1991 from Marywood College. I then received my M.S. in Audiology and Speech Pathology in December of 1992 from Florida State University. I have worked in many areas of the field but primarily in early intervention and the geriatric populations. I began working here in August of 2001, as a clinical supervisor. In July 2015, I became the Internship Coordinator, responsible for scheduling the final clinical experiences off campus for the graduate student clinicians. I continue to work with the CSD students in the on-campus clinic during supervision of clinical sessions as well. My specific interests in the field continue to be varied due to the diversity of the clients that are serviced at the clinic.
Andrea M. Novak M.A., CCC/SLP
Associate Professor of Practice; Department Chairperson, Graduate Program Director
I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Marywood University and my Master of Arts Degree from Edinboro University. I am a PA licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. I am currently the Chairperson and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. In addition to these roles, I also supervise student clinicians in the Marywood University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and am the advisor for the Marywood Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Courses taught include Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism to undergraduate students and Independent Study in Clinical Methods and Processes as well as Professional Issues in SLP to graduate students. My clinical areas of interest lie in adult cognition/neurogenics, supervision, phonology, and swallowing disorders.
Vijayachandra Ramachandra Ph.D.
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. I conduct research in the area of language and cognition. More specifically, I am interested in exploring the relationship between working memory and novel word learning in children and adults, theory of mind and language in people with brain damage, psychological bases of nonverbal emotions, and linguistic and cognitive aspects of synesthesia.
Sheri Skrutski Au.D., CCC/A
Assistant Professor of Practice
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Marywood in 1988. In 1990 I received a Master of Science degree in Audiology from Bloomsburg University. After a few years working as a Clinical Audiologist, I returned to school and received a Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Florida in 2001. I began working at Marywood in 1994 as a part-time clinical audiologist. Presently I am a full time clinical instructor within the CSD Department. In addition to staffing the Audiology Clinic in the CSD department, I also teach the Intro. to Audiology and Aural Rehab classes. Also, I supervise the graduate Speech Pathology Students during their Audiology practicum. Students interested in Audiology can also spend time with me during the Assistantship in Audiology class where they get to work in the clinic with me seeing clients for several hours each week. My interests continue to be in the pediatric and geriatric diagnostic and rehabilitative areas of Audiology. I really enjoy working with the students and patients who are seen in the clinic. The blending of the academic and clinical worlds I get here at Marywood is really wonderful!
Bruce Wisenburn Ph.D., CCC/SLP
I received a B.S. in Communication Disorders from UMass Amherst, an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Iowa, an M.S. in Computer Science from Boston University, and a Ph.D in Speech-Language Pathology from the University at Buffalo. My research interests are in augmentative/alternative communication (including the use of natural language processing to improve AAC systems, and on AAC for people who speak Spanish), and aphasia (especially synthesizing the evidence-based clinical research). I have also worked clinically in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and nursing homes with a wide variety of adult acquired communication disorders. I am also the director, along with Cheryl King of St. Joseph's Center, of the Scranton Area Augmentative/Alternative Communication Center.