Bilingual Symposium - 2010
Meet the Presenters



José G. Centeno, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

St. John’s University, New York, NY

José G. Centeno, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at St. John’s University, New York City. He has worked extensively as a bilingual speech-language pathologist in New York City and has published on bilingualism issues in Spanish-English speakers in the U.S. and on acquired language impairments in monolingual Spanish and bilingual Spanish-English speakers, including a volume (Communication Disorders in Spanish Speakers: Theoretical, Research, and Clinical Aspects, 2007, with R. T. Anderson and L. K. Obler) and a special journal issue on communicatively-impaired minority adults (Seminars in Speech and Language, August 2009, with K. Kohnert). His current research focuses on aphasic impairments and service delivery issues in monolingual Spanish and bilingual Spanish-English adults.

Catherine J. Crowley, J.D., Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Teacher’s College Columbia University, New York, NY

Catherine J. Crowley, J.D., Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Distinguished Lecturer in the graduate program of speech-language pathology at Teachers College Columbia University, where she founded and directs the bilingual/bicultural program focus and the Bilingual Extension Institute. She established and leads annual clinical opportunities in Bolivia and Ghana for her graduate students.

Crowley is an experienced attorney with significant experience at the federal, state and local levels in developing policy and guidelines, especially regarding appropriate assessment of bilingual and minority students. She is the recipient of a number of honors and awards and is active in ASHA and at the state level where she is currently Vice Chair and immediate past Chair of the New York State Board for SLP and Audiology.

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Ovetta Harris, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Howard University, Washington, DC

Dr. Ovetta Harris received her Master’s from North Carolina Central University, Doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and performed her Post Doctoral studies at Purdue University. She is well written in the area of AAC and cultural and linguistic diversity. Dr. Harris is presently on faculty at Howard University.

Luis F. Riquelme, M.S., F-CCC-SLP

New York Medical College/Riquelme & Associates, Valhalla, NY

Luis Riquelme has been living in the U.S. for the past 30 years, where he completed his education in SLP. He has published and presented at local and national venues on topics including multiculturalism, bilingualism, dysphagia, best practices in SLP, quality improvement, and promoting improved services to Latino children and adults. He remains the only person of color to have held the office of President of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and he has served ASHA in many capacities, including Chair of its Multicultural Issues Board. He co-founded the Hispanic Caucus and has received awards from ASHA, NYSSLHA, and the Latino Children Educational Network.

Melissa D. White, M.A., CCC-SLP

University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX

Melissa D. White, M.A., CCC-SLP, began as a Clinical Faculty Supervisor for the University of Texas Speech and Hearing Center in August of 2006. Prior to working at the UTSHC, she worked with culturally and linguistically diverse school-age children with various communication disorders in Texas and Illinois. She now primarily supervises graduate students during their bilingual Spanish rotations. White is currently a clinical mentor on the Implementing Treatment Practices (ITP) Project, which is a four-year (2009-2013) training grant through the Office of Special Education, U.S. Department of Education.