Faculty | M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

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

Matthew Rouse is married to Chrissie Rouse (Biola '96). They have two children: Torie and Lexie. The Rouses live in Whittier and attend Redeemer Church La Mirada.

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Research Interests

  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders

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

Professor Uranga-Hernandez is an Associate Professor and Clinic Director at Biola University where she teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. Her research interests include Multi-cultural Issues, Autism, Language and Literacy Development and Disorders, early intervention, and Theology and Disabilities. Prior to moving to...

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Research Interests

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

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

After earning a B.A. from Biola University and an M.A. in Communication Disorders from California State University, Fullerton, Tonya started her career working as a speech-language pathologist in a public school early intervention program. Her work included assessment and treatment of young children from a variety of ethnic and socio backgrounds with various communication disorders including...

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Research Interests

  • Language Disorders
  • Pediatric Speech

Lori Newport

  • Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Dr. Lori Newport has practiced audiology clinically at La Palma Intercommunity Hospital and in a private practice in California. She performed diagnostics for hearing for patients of all ages from the NICU to nursing homes as well as assessing balance function in adults. Newport fit and evaluated patients with hearing aids. She began teaching adjunct at Biola University in 1996 and found it was...

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    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

    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, Ph.D. joined the Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty as part of the recently launched master’s program. She is a clinician-researcher and professor, with areas of expertise in neurologically-based motor speech and language disorders, cognitive-communicative impairments and dysphagia. Her clinical and research interests include differential diagnosis and understanding...

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    Research Interests

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

    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, who earned the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning from Azusa Pacific University, joins the Communication Sciences and Disorders department after serving as adjunct faculty for four years. She has been employed for over two decades in the public schools as a speech language pathologist and special education teacher. Welty has specialized in diagnosing and...

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    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

    Teri Clemons

    • Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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

    Teri Clemons is an Assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her clinical experience is in medical speech pathology, specializing in rehabilitation of adults with neurological communication, cognitive, and swallowing disorders.

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    Research Interests

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