Faculty and Staff in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Get to know the individuals in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.

Full-Time Faculty & Graduate/Undergraduate Advisors

To make an appointment with any of the graduate/undergraduate advisors, please contact the the SLHS Office in Burk Hall 114 by calling (415) 338-1001 or sending an email to slhsinfo@sfsu.edu.

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Dr Michael Clarke is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences in the Graduate College of Education. His area of professional expertise is in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). His research in the area of AAC is motivated by questions arising from clinical practice and is rooted in close collaboration with families, SLPs, teachers, paraprofessionals and occupational therapists. He has a particular research interest in in-person multi-modal interaction involving children who are provided with AAC systems and tools.

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Laura Epstein

Laura Epstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,

Department Chair, Professor, Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor, School Internship Coordinator


Burk Hall 115 


Dr. Laura Epstein completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research and clinical interests include language development and disorders, bilingual/multicultural language assessment, articulation and phonology disorders, literacy and language, and the language and processes of clinical interaction. Dr. Epstein was the recipient of the 2011 state-wide CSHA (California Speech Hearing and Language Association) Diversity Award and the 2015 District 1 Service Award. She was a CSHA Convention Program co-chair, along with Dr. Nancy Robinson, in 2014 and 2015. She supervises a bilingual, school-based speech-language clinic in the Mission District in San Francisco.

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Teresa Gray

Teresa Gray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor, Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor, Medical Internship Coordinator


(415) 338-1058

Burk Hall 103

Dr. Teresa Gray completed her Ph.D. in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Boston University. Her expertise is in the areas of aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and bilingualism. She supervises on- and off-campus adult neurogenic clinics and teaches the graduate level seminars on adult language communication. She is also the director of the Gray Matter Lab. Her research interests focus on bilingual aphasia and language access, the mechanisms of control in linguistic and non-linguistic contexts in bilingual aphasia, and the role of language rehabilitation and its short-term and long-term effects on functional communication.

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Marcia Raggio

Marcia Raggio, Ph.D., CCC-AU

Professor, Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor


(415) 338-7653

Burk Hall 104

Dr. Marcia Raggio earned her B.A. and M.S. degrees from the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences department at San Francisco State University. She earned her Ph.D. in auditory neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco. Her primary area of research is in the cortical representation of peripheral electrical stimulation provided by cochlear implants. Dr. Raggio was appointed to the California state licensing board for audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPAHADB) by Governor Gray Davis, and served under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She was recently reappointed to the board by Governor Jerry Brown.  She currently serves on the Government Relations Committee of the American Academy of Audiology and is the legislative liaison for the California Academy of Audiology. She has published numerous research articles, and has given many presentations at the state, national, and international levels. 

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Nancy Robinson

Nancy B. Robinson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,

Professor, Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor


(415) 338-1031

Burk Hall 519

Dr. Nancy Robinson completed her master’s degree in speech and hearing sciences at Portland State University in 1975 and Ph.D. in special education at the University of Washington in 1987. For many years, she worked at the University of Hawaii with the Center on Disability Studies with a team of faculty and students in health, education, and social science who developed interdisciplinary education models to support individuals with disabilities and their families. With Dr. Gloria Soto, Dr. Robinson co-directed two personnel preparation grants funded by the US Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs, focused on preparing SLPs and special educators to provide AAC services to children and families. In 2013, she was awarded Fellows of the Association by the California Speech, Language and Hearing Association.

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Gloria Soto

Gloria Soto, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Professor, Graduate College of Education Dean of Research, Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor


(415) 338-1757

Burk Hall 271

Dr. Gloria Soto is a professor in the Department of Special Education. She teaches graduate coursework in special education, cultural diversity, augmentative communication and curriculum-based language and communication intervention.Her area of professional expertise is in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Her areas of research interest include applied educational issues such as multiculturalism, collaborative teaming, inclusive education and professional preparation, as well as more basic areas such as narrative language in AAC, language development through augmented means and the impact of graphic symbol use on language development. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences related to communication intervention and special education. She has published numerous articles and book chapters.

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Anusha Sundarrajan

Anusha Sundarrajan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,

Assistant Professor, Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor


(415) 338-7652

Burk Hall 101

Dr. Sundarrajan received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology in India. She earned her Ph.D. in Speech Language Pathology and a minor in Gerontology at Purdue University in 2016. Her research interests center around understanding the physiology of aging voice using aerodynamic and acoustic measures. She is specifically interested in understanding how the healthy young and old larynx responds to the effects of unhealthy, and the excessive use of the laryngeal mechanism. She has extensive clinical experience working with children with developmental disabilities in schools and private practices both in the U.S. and in India. She is the director of the "Find your Voice" Research Lab and teaches the graduate courses on voice and resonance. She co-teaches the voice clinic that focuses on teachers and transgender and non-conforming individuals. 

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Betty Yu, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Professor, Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor, Thesis Coordinator


(415) 338-3429

Burk Hall 105

Dr. Betty Yu examines how the development of communicative, linguistic and sociocultural competencies among racialized bilingual/multilingual children interfaces with institutional practices/policies, family socialization, and dominant ideologies about race/language/disability. She has investigated the communication and socialization experiences of recently diagnosed autistic children within bi/multi/translingual communities as they and their families interact with disability services, school systems, and healthcare. Another strand of her work focuses on issues of equity in the field of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS), particularly the systemic influences of raciolinguistic discrimination, ableism and pathologization. She is the co-director of Project ALLIES, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education to prepare speech-language therapists and special educators to work in collaboration to support autistic students through advocacy, community/teacher/peer education, and opportunities for friendship and play. She is a advisory board member to the Asian Pacific Islander Speech-Langugage-Hearing Caucus

Dr. Yu's Fall 2022 office hours are TBA

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Administrative Coordinator

Mallorie Desimone

Mallorie Desimone, B.A.

Administrative Office Coordinator


(415) 338-1001

Burk Hall 114

Mallorie Desimone graduated from SF State in May 2007 with her bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies. While a student, she worked in the Credential Services Teacher Preparation Center. She is currently the SLHS department administrative office coordinator.

Lecturers & Clinical Instructors

Patricia Cavanagh

Patricia W. Cavanagh, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S



(415) 338-1001

Burk Hall 146

Patricia Cavanagh is the chief of the speech pathology section at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco. She is a board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders. Her primary caseload consists of acute and ambulatory care patients with dysphagia, voice impairment and head and neck cancer. In addition to her full-time work at the San Francisco VA, she teaches the Adult Dysphagia course at SF State and also FEES and Laryngectomy courses in association with UCSF and Stanford Universities.

Oneida Chi, M.S., CCC-SLP

Oneida Chi, M.S., CCC-SLP (They/them)

Clinical Instructor


(415) 375-0279

Burk Hall 114

Oneida Chi is a first generation, Chinese American genderqueer speech-language pathologist who grew up in San Francisco and is an SF State alum. They worked in home health and public schools throughout the Bay Area for the past 15 years and supervised several interns and Clinical Fellows. They started their private practice to assist friends and community members to explore their voices in a healthy way that is congruent with their gender identity and expression. At SF State, they supervise the Gender Affirming Voice Clinic. Additionally, they work in early intervention and at the Gender Health Clinic in Santa Clara.  

Ruth Donig-White

Ruth Donig-White, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Instructor


(415) 338-1001

Burk Hall 138

Ruth Donig White is delighted to be supervising the child language and accent modification clinics this fall. She has been a speech therapist since graduating from SF State in communicative disorders many years ago. She has worked in schools, serving preschool through high school age students, been the director of speech services at the Hearing and Speech Center of N. California, where she worked with toddlers, children, and adults, and has had a private practice for the last few years. Prior to being an SLP she taught high school french, german, and elementary school music. She has four grown children and two grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, swimming, listening and playing classical music, and traveling. She is excited to work with new graduate students and looks forward to a shared new experience!

Chris Focht

Chris Focht, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA



(415) 338-1001

Burk Hall 103

Dr. Chris Focht is a clinical and dispensing audiologist for the Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California (San Francisco). A graduate of the SF State SLHS department (1988), he was in private practice for over 20 years and has had extensive experience working in educational settings. Dr. Focht teaches courses in Audiology, Audiometry, and Aural Rehabilitation.  He is also an academic and clinical preceptor for graduate students who are in the last year of their doctoral studies. Chris specializes in geriatric audiology and is often asked to speak at conventions and professional meetings.  He is married, with two grown children, and his hobbies include singing, baseball, and playing with 'Phoebe', his three-year-old cocker-poodle therapy dog who also comes to class and serves as his 'teaching assistant.'

Flo Kimmerling

Flo Kimmerling, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lecturer and Clinical Instructor


(415) 338-1001

Burk Hall 146

Flo Kimmerling's lifelong fascination with language began as an undergraduate at Northwestern University, followed by a master's degree in psycholinguistics and reading at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. After serving as a high school english teacher and reading specialist for several years, she worked as a teacher of "minimally brain damaged teenagers" (what learning disabled children were called in the 70's) and then completed her M.S. in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at SF State. In addition to teaching at SF State, she works privately in the area of language-learning disorders and serves on the staff at the Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

Blair Menn

Blair Menn, M.A., CCC-SLP

Lecturer & Clinical Instructor


(415) 338-1001

Burk Hall 138

Blair Menn received his graduate degree from Northwestern University in 2003. Fluent in Spanish, he joined the SLHS faculty in Fall 2007. He supervises clinics in adult neuorgenic disorders, advanced diagnostics, and accent modification. He also teaches a course in dysphagia.

Kelly Rinehart

Kelly Rinehart, M.A., CCC-SLP

Clinical Instructor


(415) 338-1001

Burk Hall 208

Kelly Rinehart earned her bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology at Miami University and her M.A. at The University of Iowa. She began working as an AAC Specialist in 1999. She worked at The Bridge School for 11 years and continues to serve as the co-director of the Building Bridges Camp and Training Institute. Currently, she is an associate with ACTS (Augmentative Communication and Technology Services), providing AAC assessment and intervention for children and adults as well as presentations and trainings regarding the support of complex communication needs and AAC. At SF State, she is the clinical supervisor of the Child AAC Clinic. In addition to her work as an SLP, she is an actor and a teaching artist.

Katherine Seto

Katherine Seto, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Clinical Instructor


(415) 338-1001

Burk Hall 146

Katherine Seto received her bachelor's degree in english from UC Berkeley in 1986 and master's degree in Speech Pathology from SF State in 1990. She has enjoyed working with the adult/geriatric neurogenic population for nearly 20 years. She is familliar with acute care, inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, home health, and long term care settings. Ms. Seto is currently employed at Pacifica Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and has spent several years training Speech Pathology interns from SF Bay Area Universities. She is a big "foodie' and loves dogs. Ms. Seto lives in Foster City with her husband, three children, two dogs, and a tortoise.

Sara Spencer

Sara Spencer, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Instructor


(415) 338-1001

Burk Hall 146

Sara Spencer has worked as a speech pathologist in hospitals, schools and private practice for over 30 years. She has been supervising at SF State for many of those years. She was the recipient of the 2010 CSHA Award for Outstanding Achievement. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two sons.

V. Tisi

V. Tisi, M.A., CCC-SLP (they/she)


V is an autistic, disabled, and queer Taiwanese-Chinese-Venezuelan-American clinician- and educator-activist. They graduated with their AA from Pasadena City College and both BA and MA from California State University, Los Angeles before relocating to the SF Bay Area in 2016. They then co-founded SLPs of Color 501(c)(3) with two SF State SLHS alumni.

Their area of special interest is in intersectional social justice, especially for autistic children and people who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and/or LGBTQIA+. They work in the public schools during the day and teach part-time at SF State, and are also the topic area expert on anti-bias and cultural-linguistic diversity for The Informed SLP.