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Christine Sapienza, Ph.D., CCC-SLP​​

Associate Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Program Director

Professor: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Email: csapien@ju.edu

Profile: As a full professor Dr. Sapienza's area of research interests include the study of adult normal and disordered voice and adult neuromotor disorders such as Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. Her most recent work has focused on the use of strength training paradigms in these populations as well as with spinal cord injury and others with physical and neurological insult. She has authored over 100 publications which can be found in the Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research (JSLHR), The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Voice, AMJSLP and others.  Dr. Sapienza authored the graduate textbook: Voice Disorders (Plural Publishing) as well as the Voice Disorders Workbook ​and DVD on Vocal Images (Plural Publishing). 

​​​​​ Please see Dr. Sapienza's CV here: Sapienza2014.pdfSapienza2014.pdf


Judith M. Wingate, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor: Communication Sciences and Disorders


Profile: Judith Wingate is associate professor in the Jacksonville University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her interests include occupational voice problems, singing voice, and clinical outcomes in voice therapy. Dr. Wingate received a B.A. in music therapy from Charleston Southern University in 1976 and practiced as a music therapist for several years.  She received a M.S. in speech pathology from the University of South Florida for 1983 and worked for several private practices in the state of Florida. She also worked as a voice specialist for the University of Florida, Department of Communicative Disorders at the Health Science center.  She returned to school at the University of Florida full-time in 2001 and received her Ph.D. in voice and voice disorders in 2004. She is the author of Healthy Singing, a vocal health book for singers. 

Please see Dr. Wingate's CV here: Wingate2014.pdfWingate2014.pdf​​

SMD.jpgSharon M. DiFino, Ph.D

Assistant Professor: Communication Sciences and Disorders


Profile: Dr. DiFino is an Assistant professor in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She earned her MA and PhD in Germanic languages and literatures at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and later in her academic career her MA in Communication Sciences Disorders from the University of Florida. Dr. DiFino's research areas include oral and written language acquisition, learning disabilities with a special interest in dyslexia among the college population. She has taught at Wellesley College, Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands, and at the University of Florida. Dr. DiFino is published in foreign language acquisition and communication science disorders journals. 

                                         Please see Dr. DiFino's CV here:DiFino2014.pdfDiFino2014.pdf



Jodi Morgan, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor: Communication Sciences and Disorders


Profile: Jodi Morgan is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department fo Communication Sciences and Disorders. Jodi is a speech-language pathologist and clinical research liaison/research speech pathologist at Brooks Rehabilitation. She also serves as Clinical Faculty for the Brooks/UNF residency program as well as Speech Pathology Mentor for the outpatient division. Her responsibilities include the evaluation and treatment of patients with speech, language and swallowing disorders, the development and training of all speech pathology specific courses for the Geriatric Residency program, the facilitator for National Outcome Measures, research speech pathologist and coordinator for various aphasia and language studies, and educator of cpt code and documentation for the outpatient division. She is a certified Vital Stim provider, is Lee Silverman LOUD trained, and has her McNeil                                          Dysphagia Therapy certification. Jodi has received multiple ASHA Ace Awards and serves as an ASHA Reviewer for                                                                Outcome Measures. Jodi is an active member of multiple special interests Divisions through ASHA. 

                                         Please see Ms. Morgan's CV here: Jodi Morgan CV.pdfJodi Morgan CV.pdf ​


ceilbrooks cropped.jpgCecilia Brooks, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor: Communication Sciences and Disorders


Profile: Ceil Brooks is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department fo Communication Sciences and Disorders. Ceil is a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She is certified in Vital-Stim, Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, and is a Brain Injury Specialist. Ceil received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Florida in 1977. She has been a practicing Speech Pathologist for 32 years with the last 17 years spent at Brooks Health. Ceil also owned a Private Practice Clinic for 12 years. Currently, part of Ceil's time is spent evaluating and treating adults at the Brooks Center for Neurological Rehabilitation at the Healthcare Plaza and the other part of her time is spent as a team member of the Neuro Rehab Day Treatment Program. Additionally, Ceil was involved in a research study at the Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies that investigated brain mechanisms involved in the recovery of naming skills in stroke patients diagnosed with aphasia.

Please see Ms. Brooks CV here: CV.pdfCeil Brooks CV.pdf ​

flo.jpgFloris Singletary, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor: Communication Sciences and Disorders


Profile: Flo Singletary is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Communication and Science Disorders.  She has been actively involved in clinical rehabilitation research trials since 1999.  She is currently a research speech pathologist, recruitment specialist and research manager for the Brooks Rehabilitation Clinical Research Center.  She has coordinated clinical trials on a national level with a research interest and specialization in the recovery of cognition and communication post stroke. She has been actively involved in aphasia support groups and stroke recovery programs. Flo has been a practicing speech pathologist for 39 years and has been active in many local, state and ASHA programs.  Her secondary interests include the assessment and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders. 

Please see Ms. Singletary's CV here: Flo Singletary 2013.pdfFlo Singletary CV 2013.pdf 

Gauger cropped smaller.jpgLaurie M. Gauger, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Adjunct Professor: Communication Sciences and Disorders


Profile: Dr. Gauger is is an adjunct faculty member in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Dr. Gauger earned her Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Florida department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Her clinical experience spans from infants to geriatric patients.  Her areas of research include the identification and treatment of children and adults with reading disabilities, primarily developmental dyslexia, as well as studying the neuroanatomical correlates of reading disabilities.  Dr. Gauger's primary areas of interest are child language development and disorders, including both oral and written language modalities. 

Please see Dr. Gauger's CV here: Dr. Laurie Gauger CV.pdfDr. Laurie Gauger CV.pdf

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