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Stephen F. Austin State University

SLP Faculty/Staff

Nagalapura Viswanath
Nagalapura Viswanath - Program Director Office: HSTC 205E Phone: 936.468.1029
Dr Viswanath is a Professor & Director of the program in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. He obtained his Ph.D in Speech & Hearing Sciences and Speech pathology from The City University of New York, New York. He has a B.Sc and M.Sc in the same fields from the All India Institute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore, India. Dr Viswanath's main areas of interest are: fluency disorders, Speech Science & Speech motor control, Genetics and neural basis of developmental stuttering. He is a long-standing member of the American Speech & Hearing Association, Acoustical Society of America, Texas Speech & Hearing Association and a founding member of International Fluency Association. He has numerous publications on fundamental aspects of stuttering in local, national and international peer-reviewed publications.
Frank Brister
Frank Brister - Associate Professor Office: HSTC 205B Phone: 936.468.1330
Audiologist and Associate Professor, Human Services
Working with hearing- impaired people of all ages
International Humanitarian Award of the American Academy of Audiology
Fellow American Academy of Audiology
Member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association
Member of the Texas Speech Language Hearing Association
Honors of the Texas Speech Language Hearing Association
Recognition of the Texas Department of Health Services for establishment of the standards for hearing screening
Hope of Hearing for Haiti, 20 trips to Haiti for provision of hearing aids and services for over 800 hearing-impaired children
Hunger Plus for Haiti, 2 trips to Haiti to establish a program to provide one million dehydrated meals to children of Haiti
Rotary International Assistant Governor
Rotary International Service Award
Nacogdoches Rotary Club , Past President
Nacogdoches Rotary Club, Secretary
Substitute Sunday School Teacher
Dr. Kelly Jobe
Dr. Kelly Jobe Research/Areas of Interest: Audiologist Office: HSTC 205J Phone: 936.468.7110
Dr. Kelly Langston Jobe, Clinical Audiologist for the Gwen and Ed Cole Audiology Lab in the Department of Human Services, received her Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) from the University of Florida at Gainesville. She received her M.S. (Audiology) from the University of Texas at Dallas-Callier Center and her B.S. (Communication Sciences and Disorders) from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and certified by American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She has dedicated her career to clinical excellence and enjoys the role of supervisor for graduate students during clinical practicum rotations.
Lydia Richardson
Lydia Richardson - Clinic Director Office: HSTC 205A Phone: 936.468.1255
Mrs. Lydia Richardson, Clinical Instructor and Director of the Stanley Speech and Hearing Clinic, received her M.S. and B.S. from Stephan F. Austin State University. Mrs. Richardson has 8 years of clinical experience as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of settings to include outpatient rehabilitation, hospital, nursing home, public schools, and home health. Her areas of interest are child language and articulation, autism, and aural/oral habilitation. Mrs. Richardson is a Hanen certified SLP and is certified in the Picture Exchange Communication System.
Deena Petersen
Deena Petersen - Clinical Instructor Office: HSTC 205C Phone: 936.468.3997
Deena Petersen, Clinical Instructor in the Speech Language Pathology Program, received her MS (Speech-Language Pathology) from the University of Southern Mississippi and BSed (Communication Sciences and Disorders) from Abilene Christian University. She has worked as a speech language pathologist for 20 years in the public schools, private clinic setting, and for the Department of Defense Education Activity. She holds a Texas state license in speech language pathology and Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech language pathology. She also has a Texas Teacher Certificate in the areas of Speech and Language Therapy and Early Childhood Education-Handicapped.
Layne Debardelaben
Layne Debardelaben - Clinical Insturctor Office: HSTC 205H Phone: 936.468.1155
Mrs. Layne DeBardelaben is a speech language pathologist and part-time clinical instructor in the Speech Language Pathology Program. She received her M.A. from the University of Houston where she graduated on the Early Childhood Intervention Specialty Training Track; and her B.S. from Stephen F. Austin State University where she majored in Speech and Hearing and minored in Child Development and Family. Mrs. DeBardelaben is a long-standing member of the Texas Speech, Language and Hearing Association and the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. She has years of clinical experience as a speech language pathologist in a variety of settings to include outpatient rehabilitation, hospital, nursing home, early childhood intervention (ECI) and private practice. Currently, Mrs. DeBardelaben supervises graduate level student clinicians at the Nacogdoches Head Start Development Center and teaches undergraduate Diagnostic Methods.
Amy Durham
Amy Durham - Clinical Instructor Office: HSTC 205H Phone: 936.468.1158
Mrs. Durham is a speech-language pathologist and part-time clinical instructor in the Program of Communication Sciences & Disorders. She received both her M.S. (Speech-Language Pathology) and her B.S. (Major: Speech-Language Pathology, Minor: Hearing Impairment) from Stephen F. Austin State University and is a proud alumnus. Ms. Durham has experience as a speech-language pathologist working with early childhood intervention, geriatric rehabilitation, and pediatrics and adults in the outpatient and hospital settings. She is a member of the Texas Speech Language & Hearing Association and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Currently Mrs. Durham supervises graduate clinicians at the Nacogdoches Head Start Child Development Center and teaches undergraduate clinical phonetics
Debra Bankston
Debra Bankston - Adjunct Undergraduate Instructor Office: HSTC 205G Phone: 936.468.7109
Ms. Bankston grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. She has worked at the Charleston Speech and Hearing Clinic in Charleston, South Carolina, the Regional Program for the Hearing-Impaired in Amarillo, for private practices in Marshall and Nacogdoches, and for Lufkin and Nacogdoches public schools. She joined the SFA faculty in 1984.
Karla Ashabranner
Karla Ashabranner - Adjunct Graduate Instructor Office: HSTC 205G Phone: 936.468.7109
Ms. Ashabranner grew up in Garland, Texas. She currently works at Woodland Heights Medical Center. Her primary experience is at hospitals and rehabilitation centers. She joined the SFA faculty in 2010.
Kristin Holloway - Adjunct Clinical Instructor Office: HSTC 205E Phone: 936.468.7109