In this episode of the Health Exchange, we discuss the role of a very integral member of the rehabilitation team, the Speech Language Pathologist. Often labled as “Speech Therapist’s,” these healthcare professionals deal with the rehabilitation of individuals experiencing dysfunctions of areas such as speech, language, communication, fluency, and swallowing. To discuss the SLP credential, Marissa Barrera MS, MPhil, TSHH, MSCS, CCC-SLP joins us.
About The Guest:
Marissa Barrera is the owner of New York Neurogenic Speech-Language Pathology, P.C., and co-owner of the Aspire Center for Health + Wellness, New York City’s largest health & wellness center. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist (NY/NJ) & Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist with extensive training in the evaluation & treatment of individuals with neurologic conditions. She is LSVT LOUD certified and serves as a national training course instructor for Guardian NMES® Swallowing Therapy by Spectramed.
Ms. Barrera has previously worked in a variety of settings including, hospitals, outpatient rehab, home care & privatepractice. She has several publications in peer reviewed journals & has given invited lectures at both the local & international level. Ms. Barrera teaches at CUNY Lehman College’s graduate program for speech pathology where she teaches adult neurogenic coursework. In 2008, she became a NY state representative for the National Aphasia Association. In addition, Ms. Barrera sits of the Clinical Advisory Council for the National MS Society and the Clinical Advisory Board for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF). In 2010, she was the recipient of the MS Rehabilitation Fellowship and in 2012, Ms. Barrera was invited to serve as distinguished faculty for the Consortium of MS Centers.
While studying to become a SLP, Ms. Barrera worked at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University conducting occupational health and safety research. Ms. Barrera is a graduate of Columbia University and is currently working towards her PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center investigating the effects of physical and cognitive fatigue on expressive language skills in individuals with MS. Ms. Barrera is passionate about research and has conducted several original research studies investigating motor speech & swallowing dysfunction associated with neurological diseases.
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