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Faculty & Staff

Diane Ferrero-Paluzzi, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, School of Arts & Science
Associate Professor


Office: 18 President Street, Room 200
Phone: (914) 633-2053

Email: dferrero-paluzzi@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2002
MA, University of Maine, Orono, 1998
BA, Hofstra University, 1995

Dr. Diane Ferrero-Paluzzi teaches courses in narrative and storytelling in healthcare, communication for the health care professional, intercultural and interpersonal communication, clinical communication, cognitive communication and aging, and communication with families. Her research interests include health communication, philosophy of communication, physician-patient relationships, communication apprehension, narrative storytelling, tourism, nonverbal communication, medical curricula, therapy dogs and aging in healthcare.
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Jennifer Gerometta, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Chair, Speech Communication Studies
Associate Professor


Office: 18 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2036
Email: jgerometta@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D. Graduate Center, City University of New York
MPhil, Graduate Center, City University of New York
MS, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
BSW, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Dr. Jennifer Gerometta teaches courses in clinical linguistics, phonetics, speech science, and advances phonological disorders. Her research interests include phonological awareness and pre-literacy skill development in children with speech and language delays and disorders, transgender voice and communication training; accent addition/modification for English as a second language learners and network analysis of the developing mental lexicon.
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Min Jung Kim, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

Office: 18 President Street, Room 204
Phone: (914) 633-2176
Email: mkim@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Communication Science and Disroders, Florida State University, Tallahassee
MA, Speech-Language Pathology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
BA, Kyungpook National University, South Korea

Dr. Min Jung Kim teaches courses in neuroanatomy and physiology, language disorders in adults, anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, and speech science. Her current research interests include the role of non-iconic gesture in speech production and electronic intervention for improving cognitive-linguistic functioning of indidividuals with neirological impairments.
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Dorothy Leone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, '04

CSD Graduate Program Coordinator
Associate Professor



Office: 18 President Street, Room 203
Phone: (914) 633-2127
Email: dleone@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Columbia University
MS, Teachers College, Columbia University
BS, Iona College

Dr. Dorothy Leone teaches courses in language disorders in children, research methods in speech and hearing, language development and disorder in school-age children, social communication development and disorders, and evaluations procedures for diagnostic purposes in speech-language pathology. Her research interests currently focus on children’s vowel perception of speech in noise, as well as children’s language development.
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Michelle Veyvoda, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

Office: 18 President Street, Room 104
Phone: (914) 633-2177
Email: mveyvoda@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Columbia University
MS, Gallaudet University
BS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. Michelle Veyvoda teaches courses in introduction to hearing science, audiology, introduction to American Sign Language, fluency disorders, and current issues in audiology. Her research interests focus on the clinical and academic preparation of speech-language pathologists, especially related to working with deaf and hard of hearing children. She also engages in interdisciplinary research related to the deaf and hard-of-hearing population.
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Nancy Vidal, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

Office: 18 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2606
Email: nvidalfinnerty@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York
MPhil, Graduate Center, City University of New York

MA, Hunter College, City University of New York
BA, City College of New York, City University of New York

Dr. Nancy Vidal teaches courses in dysphagia in adults and children, introduction to communication disorders, normal aquisition of speech and language, anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, andbilingualism and speech disorders. Her research interests include neurophysiological correlates of English speech sounds in the monolingual and bilingual population, socio-cultural variables that influence language use in bilinguals, the effects of animal-assisted therapy on college students and on individuals with communication difficulties, and dysphagia in children and adults.
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Speech Language Pathology