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NMSU Experts available to discuss communication disorders

Speech and language disorders can affect anyone at any age. Millions of infants, children and adults in America suffer from a communication disorder. The following experts from New Mexico State University are available to talk with the media on various issues related to communication disorders.


Teresa C. Brobeck, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a college associate professor in the New Mexico State University Communication Disorders Program. She earned her master's in speech-language pathology from Indiana University in 1983 and her doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1996. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and was recently named editor of ASHA's Special Interest Division 13 Perspectives in Swallowing Disorders. She serves as an editorial consultant for a number of national and international publications in speech-language pathology. Brobeck's clinical, teaching, and research interests are in the areas of adult neurogenic speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders. She has held positions in a variety of medically-oriented settings and helped start a day treatment program for traumatic brain injured individuals affiliated with the Washington University School of Medicine in 1986. Brobeck may be reached at her office at (505) 646-7831 or via e-mail at tbrobeck@nmsu.edu.

Robert G. Ivey, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA, is a college associate professor in the New Mexico State University Communication Disorders Program. He received his bachelor's from the University of Florida with a major in psychology and minor in anthropology, his master's in audiology from Colorado State University and his doctorate in audiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ivey works at NMSU on a part-time basis teaching courses in audiology and providing and supervising audiology services in the NMSU Speech and Hearing Center. He also maintains a private practice in Las Cruces. His clinical and research interests include the central auditory system, its evaluation using behavioral and electrophysiologic measures and management. Ivey may be reached at the NMSU Speech and Hearing Center at (505) 646-3906 or via e-mail at rgi@nmsu.edu.

Estelle Klasner, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor in the New Mexico State University Communication Disorders Program. Klasner received her doctorate from the University of Washington in 2003. Her doctoral work focused on speech intelligibility and listener effort in understanding individuals with motor speech disorders. Klasner has more than 20 years of clinical experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings. She has extensive
clinical and research experience in the area of Huntington Disease and has published a number of articles and book chapters regarding the nature of the speech impairment associated with Huntington Disease and methods of assessment and treatment. Klasner may be reached at her office at (505) 646-2631 or via e-mail at enk@nmsu.edu.

Charlotte H. Mason, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a college assistant professor in the New Mexico State University Communication Disorders Program. She has spent 20 years working in pediatric speech-language pathology settings including public schools with particular focus in autism and early language development. Along with her experience in the public schools, she also has worked with the birth to three population conducting home evaluations and therapy, in outpatient facilities, and in home visitation serving adults and children with developmental disabilities. She joined the NMSU Communication Disorders Program in 2006 as coordinator of clinical services. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she serves as a clinical supervisor and teaches undergraduate courses in clinical methods and procedures. Mason can be reached at her office at (505) 646-7987 or via e-mail at cmason@nmsu.edu.

Deborah Rhein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor in the New Mexico State University Communication Disorders Program. As a bilingual speech-language pathologist, she specializes in the areas of the assessment and intervention of language differences and disorders as they relate to literacy development and school success. She obtained her doctorate from the University of Arizona with a focus on bilingual special education and reading disabilities assessment and intervention. Prior to obtaining her doctorate, she provided consultative services to public schools in Tucson, Ariz., in the areas of bilingual language acquisition, language disorders and literacy. Rhein has a secondary interest and expertise in the assessment and intervention of fluency disorders (stuttering, cluttering). As part of her work at NMSU, she teaches undergraduate courses in language acquisition, graduate-level courses in assessment of communication disorders, school-age language disorders and fluency disorders. Rhein may be reached at her office at (505) 646-4313 or via e-mail at drhein@nmsu.edu.

Connie E. Stout, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an associate professor and director of the New Mexico State University Communication Disorders Program. She earned her bachelor's and master's from the University of New Mexico and her doctorate in speech-language pathology from the University of Oklahoma. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed as a speech-language pathologist by the state of New Mexico. Stout joined the faculty at New Mexico State University in 2003 coming from a faculty position at Oklahoma State University. Previous positions include work as a clinical speech-language pathologist for the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals and Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City and faculty positions at Tulsa University and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Her clinical and research interests are in the areas of speech and language problems of adults and children related to brain injury and child language development. Stout may be reached at her office at (505) 646-2364 or via e-mail at cestout@nmsu.edu.

New Mexico State University has more then 350 faculty experts available on a variety of topics. For more NMSU Experts, visit http://www.nmsu.edu/~ucomm/database/index.php.