Meet CHC’s speech-language pathologists in NYC
Eizabeth A. Ying, MA, CCC-SLP
Co-Director, Shelley and Steven Einhorn Audiology and Communication Centers
CHC is thrilled to announce that, effective April 15, 2015, speech-language pathologist Elizabeth A. Ying will rejoin CHC as Co-Director of the Shelley and Steven Einhorn Audiology and Communication Centers in New York. Ying, who has a 40-year career of providing aural habilitation and rehabilitation services for children and adults with varying degrees of hearing loss, will share responsibility for the leadership of CHC’s acclaimed speech and hearing services with audiologist Ellen Lafargue.
Early in her career, Elizabeth A. Ying, MA, CCC-SLP, was a member of CHC’s clinical staff where she began her pioneering work in auditory-based oral speech and language therapy for recipients of cochlear implants. She later served as clinical supervisor of the DeVault Otologic Research Laboratory at Indiana School of Medicine, gathering data for NIH-funded research investigations of the benefits of cochlear implantation within the pediatric population. Most recently Ying has been pursuing her clinical and research interests as Director of Hearing Habilitation at the Ear Institute at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai Health Systems.
Linda Kessler, MA, CCC-SLP
Assistant Director, Shelley and Steven Einhorn Communication Center
Speech-language pathologist, adult specialty
Linda Kessler has been working as a speech-language pathologist at CHC for over 20 years. Her experience includes working with both children and adults with a focus on speech, language, speechreading and auditory therapy. She currently provides a broad range of rehabilitative services to school-age children and adults. Her particular area of expertise is providing auditory training to individuals who have received a cochlear implant. She is also responsible for the provision and oversight of CHC’s individual and group speechreading program, one of the only such programs in the New York City area. She received her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Teachers’ College, Columbia University in 1964 and is certified by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by NYS.
Dana N. Selznick, M.A., M.Ed.
Coordinator, Family Resource Center
Dana Selznick is an education specialist dedicated to helping your child with hearing loss or auditory challenges get the support and accommodations they need to thrive academically and reach their true potential. Often the first point of contact for parents with a baby newly diagnosed with hearing loss, Dana provides information and guidance so that parents can make informed decisions about their child’s hearing health care, She’s an indispensable resource for parents seeking help in navigating Early Intervention (EI), Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE), Deaf Infant Program (DIP) and the New York State educational system. As Coordinator of the Family Resource Center, she facilitates peer support through educational and social events that bring CHC families together throughout the year. Dana received an undergraduate degree in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education at the University of North Florida and her M.A. and M.Ed. in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education and Elementary Education at Columbia University.
Zara Waldman DeLuca, PhD, CCC-SLP/TSSLD
Zara Waldman DeLuca is a speech-language pathologist specializing in the latest research-based therapies for children with hearing loss, cochlear implants, and auditory processing disorder. Dr. Deluca has an extensive background in research exploring how the brain uses memory, attention, and executive function for language. Her approach to therapy involves creating a fun environment where children can build real-life language and cognitive skills that enable them to become competent communicators, readers and thinkers. Dr. DeLuca, a graduate of Emerson College, received her MS at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and her PhD at CUNY Graduate Center.
Elizabeth Roarke, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD
Elizabeth Roarke joined CHC as a speech-language pathologist with extensive experience providing auditory-oral based therapy to early intervention-aged children as well as adults. In her work with children who are deaf and hard of hearing, Elizabeth creates sound-rich environments in which she observes the children’s responses and helps them make sense of what they are hearing. She comes prepared for therapy sessions with fun activities, realistic goals, and limitless positive reinforcement; but also possesses the capacity to modify the session, if necessary, to ensure a successful result. She earned her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Teachers College at Columbia University and her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at SUNY Cortland.
Camille Mihalik, MA, CCC-SLP
Camille Mihalik is a speech-language pathologist with extensive experience working individually and in groups with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. She is passionate in her approach to aural habilitation, which includes working collaboratively with parents and training them to promote development of their child’s speech,listening and language skills at home..Camille received her BA in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Hofstra University and her MA in Speech Language Pathology at new York University.
The following health care professionals provide clinical services to CHC clients as independent contractors rather than CHC staff members.
Dorene Watkins, M.Ed., NCSP
Dorene Watkins has been involved with the Center for Hearing and Communication for over 30 years. As a school psychologist, she works with children who are deaf and hard of hearing and provides counseling to parents and other family members.