The SDSU Speech-Language Clinic’s faculty supervisors are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the state of California. Sessions run by graduate students in the SDSU School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences are under direct supervision by our faculty supervisors:
- Deanna M. Hughes, PhD, CCC-SLP received her doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. Currently, she serves as academic and clinical faculty in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University. Her research interests include augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), developmental disabilities, supervision, and culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Deanna also supervises graduate students in these areas of clinical practice.
- Charlotte Lopes, M.A., CCC, has been the Speech-Language Clinic Director since 1993 and oversees the on-campus and off-campus clinical programs. Additionally, she supervises graduate students in the areas of early intervention, aural rehabilitation, and augmentative and alternative communication. Charlotte currently teaches the Clinical Issues in Aural Rehabilitation and Professional Issues courses. Prior to coming to SDSU, she worked in a hospital-based setting and continues to work in acute care and early intervention practice.
- Bob McKinney, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a multilingual speech-language pathologist who supervises graduate students in the Accent and Communication Training (ACT) program and teaches undergraduate Phonetics. He works full-time at the Sweetwater Union High School District and heads their Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Assessment team. He also teaches and trains ESL teachers at UCSD’s English Language Institute. Bob is active in the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) and serves on its Board of Directors.
- Paul McRae, M.A., CCC, has been a Speech-Language Clinical Supervisor at SDSU since 2005 and he has been a guest lecturer for multiple SDSU graduate classes over the years. Since 1999, he has been a full-time medical speech-language pathologist at Sharp HealthCare where he completes speech/language and swallowing evaluations and treatments in the adult neurogenic population. Paul’s areas of expertise include head and neck cancer, dysphagia, and communicative disorders related to stroke and traumatic brain injury.
- Karyn Searcy, M.A., CCC, has been a speech-language pathologist for over 35 years and a clinical supervisor at SDSU since 2010. Her areas of expertise include early intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other developmental delays. Her focus is on empowering families to help their children reach their communication potential. She is the owner of Crimson Center for Speech and Language, a private practice in San Diego County. She served as co-principal investigator for SoCal BRIDGE Collaborative, which received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and Autism Speaks. Karyn has authored a book on early intervention and has spoken at many state and national conferences.
- Laura Sendek, M.A., CCC is a bilingual (Spanish-English) speech-language pathologist. She supervises diagnostic and intervention clinic focusing on children experiencing difficulty acquiring language in English and/or Spanish. She has been a speech-language pathologist since 2005 and currently works full-time for San Diego Unified School District where she provides services to children ages 3-14 with multiple diagnoses including social language, fluency, articulation/phonological delays, receptive/expressive language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Intellectual Disability.
- Linda Schmitz, MS CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist working in the area of adult neurogenic disorders. She has worked as a Lecturer and Clinical Faculty member in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at SDSU since 2006. She has held positions at Sharp Rehabilitation Center, the Sharp Community Re-Entry Program, and the Acquired Brain Injury Program offered through the Community College District.
- Susie S. Thorpe, M.S. CCC-SLP has been a speech-language pathologist since 2005 and a clinical educator at the SDSU Speech-Language Clinic since 2010. She worked at Rady Children’s Hospital before changing directions to work in the public and private school setting. Susie has an interest in many areas of speech and language therapy including: child language acquisition, articulation and phonological disorders, feeding therapy, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has training in PROMPT, Floortime, Hanen, and believes family involvement is key to children’s success in therapy.
- Sharron Turner, MA CCC-SLP has been a practicing speech-language pathologist since 1994. Her primary area of interest is adult neurogenic communication disorders. She has worked as a Lecturer and Clinical Faculty member in the School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at SDSU since 1997. She also is an instructor at the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) program at ECC, part of the San Diego Community College District. Prior to joining SDSU, she held positions in a variety of settings within Scripps Healthcare including acute care, outpatient and day treatment services.