Faculty and Staff

FULL-TIME FACULTY

imageDr. Renee Fabus, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, TSHH
Chair

Renee Fabus, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, TSHH is the Founder/Chair of the Speech Language Pathology Department at Stony Brook University. She received her bachelor's degree from New York University, her master's of science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Teachers College, and her master’s of philosophy and Ph.D. from Columbia University. In September 2020, she received a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and Leadership from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Dr. Fabus is a certified speech-language pathologist for over 20 years who has practiced in a variety of medical settings. She has taught and supervised in programs in the New York City area. She has presented and published articles and books in the areas of stuttering, dysphagia, speech sound disorders and interprofessional education. She has and continues to serve on various regional, state and national committees including being the Past President of the Long Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association and serving on a telehealth committee for the National Academies of Practice and the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative. Additionally, she is currently serving as ASHA SIG-15 Gerontology Editor and on the editorial board of Dysphagia. 

Additionally, Dr. Fabus created an advanced graduate certificate program in Bilingual Education in Spanish in collaboration with Dr. Sarah Jourdain (College of Arts and Sciences) which is housed in the School of Professional Development at Stony Brook University. Drs. Fabus, Jourdain and Shideler received a Clinically Rich Intensive Teacher Institute grant in the amount of $549,750 to offer two Clinically Rich Intensive Teacher Institutes  — one in Bilingual Education (BE) leading to a bilingual extension and a second one in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), which allows candidates to apply for a certification in ESOL

(CR-ITI BE/ESOL).

Email: Renee.fabus@stonybrook.edu
Phone: (631) 638-0502
 


imageProfessor Elisabel Chang, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE 
Director of Clinical Education beginning in May 2022

Elisabel Chang, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the City University of New York—Brooklyn College, and her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology from Adelphi University. 

Ms. Chang is a licensed and certified bilingual speech-language pathologist in New York and Florida who has practiced in variety of settings.  She began her career with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) as a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist, where she worked with preschool and school-aged English Language Learners with language and literacy-based disorders.  Elisabel also previously worked with medically fragile patients in a home health setting.  She provided intervention to students in an integrated preschool setting, as well as clients in private practice.  In addition, Ms. Chang worked as a diagnostician where she implemented linguistically and culturally responsible methods to determine language disorders vs. language differences for students in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as the NYCDOE.  Most recently, Ms. Chang served as a Clinical Instructor at the University of South Florida (USF) where she instructed graduate students in their Pediatric/Language-Phonology Practicum.  As a Clinical Instructor at USF, Ms. Chang served a diverse community while helping graduate students transfer their academic knowledge to clinical situations while using evidence-based practices (EBP) and developing their clinical judgment.  She also educated students on the administration of culturally and linguistically responsible evaluations using standardized and non-standardized measures. 

Ms. Chang’s primary clinical interests include providing culturally competent assessments and differential diagnosis for linguistically diverse students.  While at USF, Ms. Chang developed a pilot program where graduate student clinicians, under her guidance and direction, performed differential diagnosis of language difference vs. disorder for school-aged children from a local school district.  During the evaluation process, the school based SLPs participated and were trained on best practices for differential diagnosis.  Elisabel has also provided district-wide professional development to staff SLPs and lectured to graduate students on topics such as Cultural Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, Diversity and Inclusion in Speech-Language Pathology, Equality vs. Equity in Speech-Language Pathology, Language Difference vs. Language Disorder, Non-Standardized and Dynamic Assessments, and Culturally and Linguistically Responsible Evaluations. 


 
STAFF
 

Ryann Vigliotta, M.A

Ryann Vigliotta is the Staff Assistant for the Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Health Informatics programs. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth Science from Dowling College and a Master of Arts degree in Infant/Toddler Early Childhood Special Education with a Middle School extension from St. Joseph’s College. She has worked in various professional and educational environments including working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as other developmental disorders. Prior to joining Stony Brook University, she worked in the hospitality industry where she developed the strong communication skills needed when interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. She previously worked in the Health Benefit Administration field where she assisted the Human Resource department of major domestic and international companies with administering and managing their employees’ health benefits. She is excited to be working with the Speech-Language Pathology department at Stony Brook University where she can utilize her previous work experience and education to aid in the success of its students and faculty.

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ADJUNCT FACULTY
 

Professor Allison Fucci, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Professor Fucci graduated with a Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Adelphi University in 2014 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Social Gerontology from SUNY Cortland in 2008. Her diverse work history includes CPSE and CSE through the Department of Education for NYC, as well as private practice. Professor Fucci has evaluated and treated a variety of clients ranging in age (birth-geriatric) and diagnosis. Her professional experience also includes being an SLP Supervisor for the Suffolk Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy, where she trained, mentored, and supervised licensed Speech Language Pathologists, as well as clinical fellows and graduate students. Professor Fucci is passionate about the field of Speech Language Pathology and is excited to utilize her clinical experience and knowledge to empower the students of Stony Brook University.

 Allison Fucci

 

Danielle LaRosa, M.A., CCC-SLP

Danielle LaRosa has been a practicing Speech and Language Pathologist since 2009. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from St. Joseph’s College in 2007 with a minor in Psychology. She went on to receive her Masters of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology from St. John’s University in 2009. Following graduation she studied pediatric dysphagia while volunteering at a medical orphanage in Antigua, Guatemala. Professor LaRosa has a passion for working with the pediatric population and has dedicated the last 12 years of her career to treating children at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children. She currently works in the Early Education Department within St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, where she services a diverse caseload comprised of medically fragile children, rare syndromes, and disorders. Her passion for providing all children with a voice has led her to aid in developing and executing a department initiative to incorporate core vocabulary into the curriculum. She also provides in-service training to department staff members in the areas of pediatric feeding and alternative and augmentative communication. Professor LaRosa is excited to share her clinical experience and knowledge with the next generation of speech- language pathologists.

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Professor Michele Merolla,  M.A., CCC-SLP 

​​​​Michele Merolla received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Marywood University, a Master of Arts degree from Hofstra University and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University. She has worked in a variety of educational and clinical settings such as Early Intervention, integrated preschools, K-12 Public Schools and private practice. Ms. Merolla has also been a consultant for several adult group homes and day treatment centers. She is currently working at Southampton Public Schools where she provides speech and language therapy to students in a variety of educational settings. Ms.Merolla has provided professional development to staff on such topics as , Language Difference vs. Language Disorder, Dynamic Assessments, Response to Intervention for SLPs and Executive Functioning Skills.

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Professor Danielle Riccobono, M.S. CCC-SLP

Danielle Riccobono has been working as a speech language pathologist for over 20 years. She has experience in acute care, acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing. Danielle has been assistant professor in the communications department at Suffolk Community College for 16 years.  She received a bachelor’s in science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from St. John’s University in Queens.  She received her master’s in science in Speech Language Pathology from Long Island University in Brooklyn.  During that time, she worked as a Teacher of Speech and Hearing Handicapped for the NYC BOE with children with autism and severe intellectual disabilities. Currently, Danielle is pursuing her doctorate in Education Leadership at the University of Bridgeport with an anticipated graduation in 2023.

Danielle holds the following certifications and trainings: in Vital Stim Therapy, NOMAS, MBSImp, FEES, TEPs, Parkinson’s Voice Project, and has extensive training with tracheostomy and vented patients. Currently, she works at Mather Hospital Northwell Health, but previously was at SBUMC where she worked in the NICU and assisted in the Cleft Palate and ALS clinics. 

When she is not working, Danielle enjoys boating, skiing, cooking, and spending time with her teenage son.

Danielle Riccobono

 

Dr. Garvin Romane, Ph.D. CCC-SLP

Dr. Garvin P. Romane is a dedicated and passionate school leader, educator, speech-language pathologist, and adjunct professor. He has spent the last 17 years studying language and vocabulary development and speech-language pathology, clinically practicing those fields, and serving culturally and linguistically diverse students and families in different capacities in both his work and various volunteer positions. Dr. Romane is the department head of speech and hearing at the Brentwood Union Free School District, where he leads a group of 30 speech pathologists and one audiologist in the fulfillment of the above mission and goal and in the development of speech-language education programs in general. He is also an adjunct professor of speech-language pathology at Stony Brook University and Touro College, where he teaches a graduate course in that subject and shares his knowledge of its application in oral, linguistic and auditory sciences. When he is not busy with these activities, he enjoys traveling, immersing himself in a variety of cultures, and exploring international cuisines. Dr. Romane’s research interests include the examination of current methods of support, intervention, therapeutic delivery, and assessment of cultural and linguistic diversity programs for students and families. He is also extensively involved in assistive technology applications for speech-language pathology, the advancement of strategic learning models that support students of color, and the use of technology to advance speech, language and literacy skills. Dr. Romane holds a license in speech-language pathology, a master’s degree in speech pathology from New York University, a master of science in education in administration and supervision from Fordham University, and a doctor of philosophy in language, literacy and learning from Fordham. He holds additional certifications in school district leadership and school building leadership (SDL and SBL) and as a teacher of the speech and hearing handicapped (TSHH). He is chief executive officer for My NEXT Level Tutor, a highly effective speech/supplemental educational consulting practice specializing in speech and language therapy for all ages as well as academic coaching.

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Professor Brianna Sullivan, M.A., CCC-SLP

Brianna Sullivan, M.A., CCC-SLP has been a practicing Speech Language Pathologist since 2013. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Rhode Island in 2010. She went on to receive her Masters of Art in Speech Language Pathology from St. John’s University in 2013. In 2020, Brianna completed an Advance Certificate in Pediatric Dysphagia from New York Medical College

Brianna has a passion for treating pediatric dysphagia. She studied pediatric dysphagia in graduate school while volunteering at a medical orphanage in Antigua, Guatemala. In 2015, Brianna completed ASHA’s Leadership Development Program for Emerging Leaders with a project focus on the limited graduate training in pediatric dysphagia. She has presented twice at FLASHA’s annual conference; on pediatric dysphagia competencies and the importance of mental health in the success of rehabilitation therapies. She also recently presented at ASHA’s annual conference on early career leadership.

Currently, Brianna leads the NICU Graduate Academy outpatient rehabilitation services at Bethesda Health of Baptist Health South Florida and serves as the senior speech therapist on the intensive feeding team. She trains colleagues, clinical fellows, and graduate students. When Brianna is not providing speech language therapy services, she is engaging in volunteer leadership with the Junior League of the Palm Beaches and hosting book club for her friends. She lives in sunny South Florida with her spunky Boston Terrier, Lilly.

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Professor Pamela Talbot, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, C.E.D., LSLS-Cert AVT

Pamela Talbot is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and Teacher of the Hearing-Impaired. She holds certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist/Auditory Verbal Therapist. She has traveled extensively to consult with programs, present, and train professionals in all areas related to listening and spoken language for children with hearing impairment.  Currently she is the Listening and Spoken Language program coordinator and staff trainer at Cleary School for the Deaf.  In addition, she continues to work virtually mentoring professionals and guiding parents in a private practice.

Pamela Talbot

 

Professor Selene Yoel, SLPD-CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE/ MA TESOL

Selene Yoel, SLPD-CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE/ MA TESOL, is a licensed and certified bilingual speech language pathologist with over 14 years experience combined in the field of speech-language pathology and education. She is the Founder & Director of NY Speaks, an agency focusing on the assessment and treatment of bilingual/bicultural children. She completed her doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology at Northwestern University and her Master’s Degree from Adelphi University in Communication Sciences and Disorders with her Bilingual Extension in Spanish. She also holds a Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL) from Long Island University and holds permanent NYS Certification in these areas. Primary clinical interests include differential diagnosis, assessments, Response to Intervention, and parent/teacher training and coaching.

Selene Yoel

 


CLINICAL SUPERVISORS

Professor Craig Beale, M.A., CCC-SLP

Professor Beale, graduated with Masters of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from Hofstra University in 2011 and a BA in English Literature and Linguistics from SBU in 2009. Since 2013 he has worked at SBMC working in the areas of pediatric and adult swallowing, motor speech, voice, and communication disorders.

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Professor Erika Beck, M.A., CCC-SLP

Erika Beck completed her undergraduate work at SUNY Cortland and her Master's at Hofstra University. She has worked in a variety of settings including Early Intervention, home care, SNF's, as well as acute care. Erika also has experience with a variety of ages, birth through geriatric. She is currently working on being NICU trained. She is excited to share her knowledge during your time together.

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Ryan Bozzello, M.A., CCC-SLP

I graduated with a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from St. John’s University in 2014. I have worked in a variety of medical settings including acute care, outpatient, skilled nursing/sub-acute care, and long term care. I began working at Stony Brook Medicine since 2016 and am currently the Outpatient Speech Pathology Manager.  I also work as a per diem inpatient Speech Pathologist at Mather Hospital since 2015. I treat adults with a wide range of communication and swallowing disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I also serve on the Head and Neck Cancer multidisciplinary team as well as the ALS multidisciplinary team. My special interests include the head and neck cancer patient population specifically patients with TEPs.  

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Kristen Curran, M.S., CCC-SLP

Kristen Curran completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at SUNY New Paltz. She received a BA in Communication Disorders in 2016 and graduated with a Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology in 2018. She has worked in a variety of settings, including early intervention, CPSE, skilled nursing, and acute care. She currently treats pediatrics with feeding/swallowing disorders and adults with a variety of speech, language, and swallowing disorders.

Kristen Curren

 

Professor Rachel Meaney, M.A., CCC-SLP

Rachel Meaney completed her undergraduate degree at SUNY New Paltz and her graduate degree at Hofstra University.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders and Sciences with a minor in Deaf Studies in 2016 and a Master’s of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from Hofstra University in 2018.  Rachel’s clinical experience has been medically-based in a variety of settings including home care, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care, and acute care.   She began working at Stony Brook Medicine as a clinician in the inpatient setting in 2018.  Rachel currently treats pediatric through geriatric patients in the acute setting for speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing deficits.  She also is part of the ALS outpatient clinic and completes AAC evaluations for this population.

Rachel Meaney

 

Professor Sean U. Moonsammy, MM, MA, CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Sean U. Moonsammy is a professionally trained opera singer and voice specializing speech-language pathologist. His performing career has allotted him to sing backups for Elton John, perform on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The U.S. Open opening ceremony, and has accompanied Josh Groban as a backup singer through two national tours. Sean commenced his voice training at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts in New York City; he subsequently obtained his BM and MM in opera performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music, as well as his MA in speech-language pathology from City University of New York: Queens College. He completed his clinical fellowship as an acute care and outpatient provider specializing in voice/upper-airway disorders at Stony Brook University Hospital. His appointment at Stony Brook Medicine has been supplemented by features within the ASHA Leader: In the Limelight,  “SLPs of Color,” and “The 8%” podcast. Sean has co-established Long Island’s first gender-affirming voice care clinic with Stony Brook Medicine’s Laryngologist, Dr. Keith Chadwick. He hopes to continually raise awareness of voice disorders and destigmatizing vocal injury among professional voice users.

Sean Moonsammy

 

Professor Stephanie Saporito, M.A., CCC-SLP

Stephanie Saporito completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at Hofstra University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech & Hearing Science and Psychology in 2013 and a Masters of Art in Speech Language Pathology in 2016. She has worked in a variety of medical settings including skilled nursing, long-term care, home care, and acute care. Stephanie began working at Stony Brook Medicine in 2017 where she currently treats adults in the inpatient setting with a variety of speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. She is especially interested in head and neck cancer and tracheostomy and ventilator dependent patient populations as well as in the utilization of Fiberoptic Endoscopic Assessments of Swallowing (FEES) in the ICU setting.
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VOLUNTEER FACULTY
 

Professor Ilene Berger Morris, MM, LCAT, MT-BC, NMT/F, CBIS

Ilene “Lee” Berger Morris is a board-certified music therapist, a NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, and a Fellow of the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy.  Lee directs the music therapy program at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY, and oversees curriculum development for “Sing Out Loud”, a therapeutic chorus program designed to improve vocal abilities in people with Parkinson's disease, through Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and the University’s Department of Speech-Language Pathology. A clinician-researcher, Lee is particularly interested in studying hybrid approaches that capitalize on the intersections of music therapy and other therapeutic disciplines.  To this end, she collaborates with other researchers in the School of Health Professions, investigating the potential role of music in improving health, function and well-being.   She has extensive clinical experience in both medical and special education settings, and has authored articles about applications of music therapy in people with autism, with hemiplegia, and with Parkinson’s disease.

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Professor Marta Kazandjian M.A.,CCC-SLP BCS-S, FASHA

Marta Kazandjian M.A.CCC-SLP BRS-S, FASHA, is a medical speech pathologist for over 30 years is board certified in swallowing and swallowing disorders and Director of Speech Language Pathology Services at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. She is the co-author of “Communication and Swallowing Management of Tracheostomized and Ventilator Dependent Individuals”, now in its 3rd edition, as well as many peer reviewed articles and book chapters. She is an invited national and international speaker and has extensive experience working with complex medically fragile populations in acute, sub-acute and long term care settings. Marta specializes in swallowing and communication impairment in these patient populations and has participated in funded clinical research trials. Marta has a particular interest in palliative and end-of-life care and has shared her expertise on Palliative Care Interdisciplinary teams. Marta insures that the interdisciplinary team can communicate with these patients even when verbal communication is not possible.  Marta also shares her expertise in integrative health and wellness as a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Integrative Medical Program, College of Medicine and received her certification as an Integrative Health Coach. She is one of the first medical speech pathologist in the country with this certification. Her commitment to preventative health care has allowed her to develop programs that support the “whole” patient in their rehabilitative recovery.

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