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Faculty | B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Teri Clemons

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • M.S., University of Redlands, Communication Disorders
  • B.A., Biola University, Communication Disorders

Teri Clemons’ teaching and research interests are in the areas of swallowing disorders and neurogenic communication disorders. She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.  Her courses include Diagnostic Methods, Dysphagia, Advanced Dysphagia, Neurogenic Communication Disorders, School and Hospital Based Issues, and she also oversees the Diagnostic Team Clinic and the...

Research Interests

  • Medical Speech Pathology specializing in Speech, Language and Swallowing Therapy for Adults

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Tonya Dantuma

  • Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • Ph.D., Exceptional Student Education, Northcentral University
  • M.A., Communication Disorders, California State University, Fullerton
  • B.A., Communication Disorders, Biola University

Tonya Dantuma's teaching interests are in the areas of speech sound disorders, global issues and telepractice, and professional issues in speech language pathology. She teaches in both of the undergraduate and graduate programs. Her courses include Speech Sound Disorders (UG), Clinical Phonetics (UG), Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology, Advanced Capstone (Grad), and Advanced...

Research Interests

  • Language Disorders
  • Pediatric Speech

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Lori Newport

  • Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Lori Newport teaches Audiology in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Her classes include Speech and Hearing Science for freshman and Introduction to Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation for juniors and seniors as well as Advanced Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation in the Master's Program. Teaching is a passion for Newport and her philosophy is to guide each student in learning well....

    Courses

    • CODS 425 Introduction to Audiology - Course includes: anatomy and physiology of the ear, physics of sound, meaning of hearing loss and reading of audiogram audiological evaluation, pediatric hearing testing and pathologies of the ear.
    • CODS 424 Aural Rehabilitation - Course includes: reading audiograms and relating to patient’s ability to hear speech sounds, hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices, acoustics of speech, characteristic speech of hard of hearing and deaf, pediatric habilitation/auditory training.

    Research Interests

    • Mentoring

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    Lori Peirson

    • Instructor, MSLP

    • M.A. in Communication Disorders, California State University, Fullerton
    • B.A. in Communication Disorders, Biola University

    Lori Peirson comes to Biola with 32 years experience at St. Jude Medical Center, where she provided care to patients with a wide variety of medical diagnoses. While there, she managed the speech pathology department, bringing in new programs and therapy techniques to ensure state of the art care given by highly skilled clinicians. Throughout her career, her department grew from eight speech...

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    Diana Petroi

    • Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

    • Ph.D., Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
    • M.S., Loma Linda University
    • B.A., Biola University

    Diana Petroi’s teaching helps students to understand the process of differential diagnosis, to develop a holistic and interprofessional collaborative approach to patient care, and to implement evidence-based practice. Her teaching areas include motor speech, voice, and cognitive-communicative disorders; counseling; and therapeutic methods. Petroi has taken initiative to facilitate...

    Research Interests

    • Neurologic and Neurodegenerative Motor Speech and Language Disorders (including Primary Progressive Aphasia)
    • Cognitive-Communicative Deficits
    • Dysphagia
    • Differential Diagnosis
    • Interprofessional Collaboration

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    Matthew Rouse

    • Chair of Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

    • SLP.D., Nova Southeastern University
    • M.A., Biblical & Theological Studies, Talbot School of Theology
    • M.A., Christian Apologetics, Biola University
    • M.S., Communication Disorders, University of Redlands
    • B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Redlands

    Matt Rouse's teaching interests are in the areas of neuroscience and neurogenic communication disorders. He teaches in the undergraduate B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders program as well as the graduate M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology programs. His courses include Introduction to Human Disabilities and Neuroanatomical Foundations of Communication Disorders in the fall semester and...

    Research Interests

    • Neuroanatomy
    • Neurogenic Communication Disorders

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    Yvana Uranga-Hernandez

    • Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • Clinic Director

    • Ph.D., Educational Studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
    • M.A., Speech-Pathology, California State University, Los Angeles
    • M.S., Educational Administration, California State University, Fullerton
    • B.A., Communicative Disorders, California State University, Fullerton

    Yvana Uranga-Hernandez teaches both in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Her courses include Multicultural Issues in Communicative Disorders (UG), Theology of Disability (Grad), Child Language and Literacy and Disorders (Grad), Childhood Autism Spectrum Disorders and Augmentative Alternative Communication (Grad). She also developed and leads the social skills camp for children with...

    Research Interests

    • Pedriatic Population
    • Autism
    • Bilingual/Multicultural assessment and intervention

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    Suzanne Welty

    • Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

    • Ed.D. Azusa Pacific University
    • M.A. California State University, Fullerton
    • B.A. Biola University

    Suzanne Welty’s interests and experience are in remediation of autism spectrum disorder and spoken language disorders in children. Her specialty is providing evidenced-based interventions within the school setting to meet the communication, social and academic challenges that these children face. Welty teaches Research in Speech-Language Pathology for the M.S. in Speech Language Pathology and...

    Courses

    • CODS 326: Language Development in Children (F11)
    • CODS 331: Speech & Language Development and Disorders: Birth to 5 Years (F13, F15)
    • CODS 332: Speech & Language Development and Disorders: 5 Years to Adolescents (S14)
    • CODS 418: Multicultural Issues in Speech Language Pathology (F15)
    • CODS 429: Clinic Supervision: On Campus (F11, S12, F12, S13, F13, S14)
    • CODS 429: Clinic Supervision: Off Campus at Heights Christian School (S13, F13, S14, F14)
    • CODS 439: Articulation and Phonology Problems (S16)
    • CODS 442: Treatment Methods in Communication Disorders (S16)
    • CODS 466: Capstone Research Project in Communicative Disorders (S12, F13, S14, S16)
    • CODS 470: Communicative Disorders Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorders (S12, S14)
    • SEED 594: Action Research (S14)—online course

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