Faculty

The Speech-Language Pathology faculty are world-renowned practitioners, clinicians, and researchers at the forefront of the field. Throughout the program, you will benefit from close faculty mentorship and opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research, course assignments, and your individual capstone project.

Marissa Barrera, MSCS, CCC-SLP, PhD, Program Director and Associate Professor
Marissa Barrera
Marissa Barrera

Dr. Barrera is an internationally recognized medical Speech-Language Pathologist and Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist. She has extensive specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with neurological conditions and is a leading expert on the use of modalities (NMES, sEMG, neuromuscular taping, ultrasound) for speech and swallowing rehabilitation. 

As a researcher and author, Dr. Barrera has lectured in over 15 countries on a wide array of clinical topics ranging from dysphagia, NMES, motor speech disorders, cognition and neurogenerative diseases. She has over 80 research abstracts and has been featured in Women’s Health, Vice Magazine, ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathology and MTV. Dr. Barrera is also the founder and owner of the New York Neurogenic Speech-Language Pathology. She graduated summa cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College, received her Masters of Science from Columbia University, as well as her Masters of Philosophy and PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center. 

 

Troy Clifford Dargin, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Troy Clifford Dargin
Troy Clifford Dargin

Dr. Dargin holds an eclectic array of experiences and degrees, framing his interest with cross-departmental work. He has earned master’s degrees in music, speech-language pathology, political science and finance, and a PhD in speech-language pathology with a focus on habilitation of the professional voice. Dr. Dargin is a certified practitioner in the Arthur Lessac Voice/Body technique and he holds a certificate in vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech. He maintains professional service through offering continuing education through his “Visions in Voice,” where he combines his academic and entrepreneurial business interests.

 

 

Michaela A. Medved, TSSLD, CCC-SLP, ClinScD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Michaela Medved
Michaela Medved

Dr. Medved  completed her clinical doctorate at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with her research focus on swallowing disorders in individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. She has extensive training in evaluating and treating both the adult and pediatric populations with neurological and complex medical conditions. Dr. Medved has had the opportunity to train clinicians within the United States and internationally on the use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) and Surface Electromyography (sEMG) for dysphagia intervention. In addition to providing individualized patient care, she is passionate about supervising graduate clinicians during their clinical externship experiences and serving as a mentor for those working towards completing their doctoral degrees. 

 

Elisabeth A. Mlawski, MSEd, TSSLD, PhD CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor
Elisabeth A. Mlawski
Elisabeth A. Mlawski

Dr. Elisabeth Mlawski completed her Undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University, Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Arizona University and PhD in Health Sciences with a concentration in Speech-language Pathology at Seton Hall University. She began her career working in the NYC Public Schools as a school-based speech therapist. She has presented research both Nationally and Internationally on mechanisms for peer learning relating to the Common Core State Standards, using peer learning as a tool in clinical and academic education, language acquisition and supervision. Her areas of interest include normal/disordered language development, literacy, clinical training, assessment/diagnostics, and supervision.

 

Brittany Palmer, MM, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Supervisor
Brittany Palmer
Brittany Palmer

Ms. Brittany Palmer received a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University.  She specializes in voice disorders and is trained in laryngeal massage, Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy, and the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment.  Her performance career includes principal opera roles, choral ensemble singing, and recital engagements across the country and abroad.   Ms. Palmer has significant experience as a clinician in a private practice setting, where she has evaluated and treated a wide variety of communication disorders across the lifespan.  She is currently collaborating with Dr. Brandon Williams of Rutgers University to co-author a vocal technique book for middle and high school choral students.