Contact Information and Faculty

Interested students should contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at 561-297-6074.

Correspondence should be addressed to:

Florida Atlantic University
College of Education
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
777 Glades Road
P.O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, Florida 33431


The faculty includes four full-time professors and a clinic director, as well as clinical and adjunct faculty. The faculty represents a range of experience and expertise in a wide variety of disorder and research areas. View the Department Directory.

Dr. Deena Louise Wener is the Department Chair. Dr. Wener has research and clinical interest in adult language and cognitive disorders and neurogenic and motor speech disorders in pediatric and geriatric populations.

Dr. Ali A. Danesh is an associate professor of audiology. He coordinates the audiology clinic and engages in research. He also has a joint appointment as Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Dr. Danesh's areas of interest are diagnostic audiology, vestibular assessment, and tinnitus. He conducts research on auditory electrophysiology. He is currently working on a study on the late auditory event-related potentials. Another area of research for Dr. Danesh is the application of Otoacoustic Emissions in a variety of populations. He is currently working on the responses of inner ear in individuals with Asperger's Syndrome. Dr. Danesh also conducts a research on individuals with Tinnitus. He is a member of the American Tinnitus Association and provides clinical support to the people with tinnitus.

Ms. Carol Hess, CCC-SLP is the director of the Communication Disorders Clinic. In addition to administration and supervision, she teaches clinical practice in speech-language pathology. Her particular areas of interest include the supervisory process in graduate clinical training and the role of the family in treatment of communication disorders.

Dr. Barbara Fries graduated from FAU with her Masters Degree in Communication Disorders in 1991, and She received her Doctoral degree (Ed.D) in Exceptional Student Education (also from FAU) in 2004. Professionally she specializes in Oral Motor Disorders, and Precursory Language Development of Children with Mental Retardation and Severe Disabilities. Currently Dr. Fries is a Clinical Supervisor at the FAU-CDC, assisting Dr. Danesh with a research project involving Hearing Differences in Children with Asperger's Syndrome. Her research interests include Emergent Literacy development in young children with mental retardation.

Dr. Connie Keintz is an Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology. Her research interests include motor speech disorders, speech perception, and intelligibility. Dr. Keintz also specializes in research and professional ethics. Her current research is focused on how listeners use visual cues from speakers who have motor speech disorders. Dr. Keintz teaches Dysphagia, Voice Disorders, Motor Speech Disorders, and Professional Practices and Program Organization.

Dr. Dale F. Williams specializes in and coordinates the diagnosis and treatment of fluency disorders. His research encompasses not only fluency, but also other areas of speech production, including voice and articulation.

Department Staff:

Mr. Jeremy E. Bayne
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Program Information: 561-297-6074
CDC Information: 561-297-2258

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