Speech-Language Pathology: The UDC Edge

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Program Faculty

Angela Bradford Wainwright, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Bradford Wainwright holds a Ph.D. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Memphis, an M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of the District of Columbia and a B.A. degree in vocal performance from the University of Maryland – College Park. She is a specialist in adult neurogenics. Her research interests include language and cognitive aging, psychogenic voice and language disorders, and aphasia.

Myesha G. Carter, M.S. CCC-SLP

Myesha Carter holds M.S. and B.A. degrees from the University of the District of Columbia in Speech – Language Pathology. She is a specialist in childhood language and early intervention. She supervises Pre-clinical and Level One clinical experiences and provides instruction in language acquisition.

Weynshet Demessie, B.S. (SLP), Clinic/Office Manager

Weynshet Demessie is the Clinic/Office Manager and holds the B.S. degree from the University of the District of Columbia.

Tiffany C. Gurley Nettles, M.S. CCC-SLP   

Tiffany C. Gurley-Nettles holds the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of the District of Columbia and a B.S. in Public Administration and Management from Virginia State University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Health Psychology from Walden University. She is a specialist in adult neurological disorders with an emphasis in medical speech pathology, cognitive disorders, dysphagia, aphasia, and counseling. Her instructional and supervisory focus is Medical Speech-Language Pathology. Her research interests include post-stroke depression, cognitive traumatic encephalopathy, family caregiver stress, and cognitive aging.

Lakeisha Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Johnson received her doctorate in communication sciences and disorders with an emphasis in literacy implications for culturally and linguistically diverse populations (CLD) from Florida State University. She has experience as a research scientist and as a school-based speech-language pathologist. Dr. Johnson’s primary research interests include language, literacy, and dialect usage in African American children and other CLD populations. She provides instruction in language acquisition and language disorders.

Richard Kalunga, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Kalunga holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Howard University, an M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of the District of Columbia, and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, UK. He specializes in language acquisition and disorders, literacy, sociolinguistics, and fluency disorders. His research emphasis is in literacy and developmental correlates.

Natalie A. Ottey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Ottey holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Howard University, an M.Sc. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of the District of Columbia and a B.A.A. degree in Early Childhood Education from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Her research interests include neurogenic motor speech disorders and pediatric neurogenic language impairments, with an emphasis in the treatment of apraxia of speech disorders.  She provides instruction in neurophysiological disorders of speech and swallowing.

Carmen Ana Ramos-Pizarro, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Ramos-Pizarro holds a Ph.D. degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Voice Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She specializes in Voice and its Disorders and currently teaches graduate courses in Voice and Speech Science. Dr. Ramos-Pizarro is currently involved in research with colleagues in Argentina, Colombia, and Puerto Rico and her research interests include the speech patterns of persons from multicultural backgrounds and individuals in transition (transgender), evidenced-based intervention in voice disorders and voice feminization, and the use of simulation in the training of auditory-perceptual rating skills.

Kristin Spivey, Ed.S., CCC-SLP

Kristin Spivey holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Communication Disorders from Marshall University. She also holds an Ed.S. Degree in Early Childhood Special Education and Educational Administration. She is a specialist in childhood language and school-based services. She supervises Level One and Level Two clinical experiences, with a focus on the communication needs of children K-12.

Sulare Telford, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Telford received her Ph.D. from Howard University with a specialization in child language disorders and a concentration in sociolinguistics and psychometrics. She obtained her undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Andrews University. Dr. Telford has over seven years of experience working as a bilingual speech-language pathologist, early interventionist, and clinical supervisor. She is keenly interested in exploring and developing effective assessment and intervention methods for addressing the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations, particularly those from Caribbean English Creole-speaking backgrounds.