Brittney Carlson, Au.D/Ph.D., CCC-A
Director of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Assistant Professor

3rd floor Berchmans Hall
413.265.2282 |

B.A., Au.D., Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Dr. Carlson’s research interests include adult aural rehabilitation and amplification. Most recently, she served as a clinical audiologist at the Connecticut VA Medical Center. Dr. Carlson has volunteered on numerous committees for professional organizations, is published in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented her research at conferences nationally.

Laura A. Hanratty, Ph.D., BCBA, LABA
Director of Applied Behavior Analysis
and ASD Graduate Programs
Assistant Professor

3rd floor Berchmans Hall
413.265.2463 |

B.A., Western New England College
M.A., University of South Florida
Ph.D., Western New England University

Dr. Hanratty is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst in Massachusetts. Her research background is in teaching children safety skills, assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, and reinforcement parameters. Laura has presented her research at local and international conferences, as well as published and served as a guest reviewer for peer reviewed journals. Laura has experience working with children and adults with and without developmental disabilities, in schools, group homes, and the foster care system. She teaches courses in applied behavior analysis, assessment and treatment of behavior concerns, and research.

Faculty Member Kathleen MurphyKathleen Murphy, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in CSD

3rd floor Berchmans Hall
413.265.2334 |

B.A., Elms College
M.S., University of Washington
Ed.D., American International College

Dr. Murphy is a speech language pathologist with over 15 years of experience working in urban and rural school districts. She has provided direct services, supervision, and management of clinical staff and collaborated with regular and special education staff, parents, and administration on multicultural awareness in education. She has developed workshops on childhood development, multicultural issues in speech language pathology, and special education law. Dr. Murphy has assisted in development of early childhood educational and play programs internationally and collaborated on the design and implementation of parent and coordinator resources within early childhood centers. In addition, Dr. Murphy has consulted with the State of Connecticut’s Early Childhood Cabinet to review the Early Learning and Development Standards for the Birth to Age 5 population specific to dual language learners. She has taught courses on special education law, multicultural awareness, and multicultural awareness in speech and language development. Dr. Murphy published her most current research on Latino parents’ perceptions of early intervention.

David Bickford, M.A.
Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in CSD
Academic Coordinator, online SLPA programs

3rd floor Berchmans Hall
413.265.2253 |

B.A., M.A., University of Massachusetts

David Bickford has worked as a speech-language pathologist in skilled nursing facilities throughout western Massachusetts. He was an SLP and supervisor at Belchertown State School, the New Medico Head Injury Systems facility, and Valley Rehabilitation. David joined the Elms faculty in 2004.

Angela Mansolillo, M.A., CCC-SLP, BRS-S
Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in CSD

3rd floor Berchmans Hall
413.265.2253 |

B.A., Rhode Island College
M.A., University of Connecticut

Angela Mansolillo has been a speech-language pathologist since 1985, and works at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. She has practiced in hospital, home care, and school settings. She lectures on dysphagia assessment and intervention, and earned specialty certification in swallowing disorders from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Angela joined the Elms faculty in 1998, and provides clinical supervision to student clinicians.

Faculty Member Christina CzurchaChristina Czuchra, M.A., BCBA, LABA
Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in CSD

3rd floor Berchmans Hall

B.A. University of Massachusetts-Amherst, MA
M.A. Westfield State University-Westfield, MA
Christina Czuchra has worked with adults and children with Autism and intellectual disabilities in various roles for over 15 years both in Massachusetts and Connecticut.  She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2009 and is a licensed Applied Behavior Analyst in Massachusetts.  Currently, Christina is employed as  a behavior analyst at CREC River Street School in Windsor, CT  providing ABA consultation to multiple classrooms.

Faculty Member Steve DysktraSteve Dykstra, M.S.
Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in CSD

3rd floor Berchmans Hall

B.A. University of New York, Buffalo
M.S University of Rhode Island

Steve Dykstra has worked with a variety of populations in Massachusetts since 1978.  He has been a speech language pathologist, teacher, mentor, tutor, administrator and consultant to Early Intervention programs, public elementary and secondary schools, a private residential school for students with learning differences, a state residential program for developmentally  disabled adults, house of corrections, and other settings.  Steve has also taught a number of professional and parent workshops on topics such as Learning Disabilities, Language Development, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, Language based programs, and written expression.  His expertise in testing and assessment has been considered valuable to many families, schools, and lawyers.  In 1998, Steve opened a private practice  which includes services for speech and language issues as well as hypnosis interventions.  In 2006, his book on the development of writing skills and remediation  of deficits, Word Forging was published.

Generic Female PlaceholderNerissa Hall, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP
Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in CSD

3rd floor Berchmans Hall

B.S. University of Massachusetts
M.A. University of Massachusetts
Ph.D, University of Massachusetts

Nerissa Hall is the co-founder of Communicare, LLC, specializing in augmentative and alternative communication, assistive technology, telepractice, and tele-AAC.
She is a practicing clinician in Massachusetts and Connecticut, with over 12 years experience providing specialized, evidence-based assessment, intervention and
consultation services primarily in schools. She is an affiliate of ASHA Special Interest Groups 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication; and 18, Telepractice.