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Celia Bassich, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Celia Bassich joined the faulty at Towson University, located near Baltimore, MD, in 1992. She is currently the Speech Pathology Graduate Program Director and teaches an undergraduate course in Speech Science and graduate courses in adult neurogenic speech disorders and voice disorders.

Celia worked as a Research Speech Pathologist at the National Institute of Neurologic and Communicative Disorders, National Institutes of Health from 1977 to 1992, where she investigated speech disorders associated with Parkinson's disease. Her doctoral dissertation involved an investigation of vocal dysfunction in young-onset Parkinson's disease. Celia has published numerous articles in the field of speech-language pathology and has made several presentations about her work in the field. Her clinical and research interests include parkinsonism. Celia is certified in the Lee Silverman Voice treatment method for persons with Parkinson. She has served on the Speech-language pathology faculty in NPF's Allied Team Training for Parkinson.

Leslie Mahler, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, MBA

Leslie Mahler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders. Leslie obtained her BA from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1975, an MA in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of the Pacific - Stockton, CA in 1977, and an MBA from Drake University in Des Moines, IA in 1987.

Leslie worked as a clinical speech-language pathologist primarily in a hospital setting treating adults with neurological disorders prior to enrolling in a dual Ph.D. program in Speech Science and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2001. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Rhode Island in 2007, she was a member of Dr. Lorraine Ramig's research team examining the efficacy of intensive behavioral voice treatment for individuals with Parkinson disease. She teaches courses in cognitive disorders, voice disorders, dysphagia, motor speech aspects of communication, and phonetics. Leslie's current research interests are in the area of behavioral treatment of dysarthria following stroke and intensive voice treatment for individuals with Parkinson disease and individuals with unilateral vocal fold paralysis.

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