Our Clinical Faculty

Meet our Faculty:

Cara Babon, M.S., CCC-SLP

Cara Babon is currently a Clinical Instructor at the University of South Florida. She began her work in the Language-Phonology and Diagnostics practica in December 2015. Ms. Babon has been practicing as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2002, having previous clinical experience in a pediatric outpatient hospital clinic, the public school system, and in a private speech-language clinic. Ms. Babon completed her Bachelor's degree at Cleveland State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1997, and her Master's degree at Nova Southeastern University in 2002. Her primary areas of clinical expertise include the evaluation and treatment of the pediatric population, specializing in the areas of low-cognition, multiply impaired, AAC, autism, and developmental delay.

Michelle S. Bourgeois, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Bourgeois joined our faculty in August of 2013. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh and has been a faculty member at Florida State University and the Ohio State University. A clinical researcher, Dr. Bourgeois has developed and evaluated many interventions for clients with neurogenic cognitive-communication disorders (e.g., dementia, TBI, MCI, aphasia) and their caregivers, including the use of Memory Books and other visual cuing systems and Spaced Retrieval memory training. She is currently evaluating a Memory Strategies course for persons with mild memory problems and VoiceMyChoiceTM , a picture/text based tool for eliciting preferences and decisions from persons with dementia. She enjoys clinical teaching and mentoring clinicians in research; she currently supervises two stroke caregiver support groups and one master's thesis on script training in aphasia.

Alexandra E. Brandimore, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Alexandra Brandimore, Ph.D. CCC/SLP joined the USF Communication Sciences and Disorders department faculty in May 2017. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Florida where she also received her Master's and Undergraduate education. After obtaining her Ph.D in Speech-Language Pathology, Dr. Brandimore completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Laboratory for Upper Airway Dysfunction within the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University. During her post-doctoral work she established and coordinated the Clinical Research Neurorehabilitation Center at Teacher's College, served as co-investigator and/or study coordinator for various large-scale NIH and MJ Fox funded projects, and provided mentorship and teaching to Master's level SLP students. As an academician, Dr. Brandimore interfaces her passions for teaching, research, and clinic. Her primary research goals target the development of evaluative techniques and therapeutic paradigms to improve upper airway dysfunction, primarily dysphagia (disordered swallowing) and dystussia (disordered cough), in persons with neurodegenerative diseases (i.e. Parkinson's disease). Her clinical work has mainly been in the area of Movement Disorders where she has evaluated and treated the motor speech, voice, AAC, and airway protective needs of hundreds of patients. She currently participates in a collaborative, multidisciplinary clinic for the management of patients with ALS. Dr. Brandimore has teaching expertise in the areas of: respiratory physiology, cognitive-motor relationships, neural/myogenic adaptations to exercise and training, with emphasis on the swallowing, coughing and respiratory systems, and clinical disorders of motor speech, voice, and airway protection. Dr. Brandimore's teaching interests include dysphagia, voice disorders, motor speech disorders, speech anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy, and SLP management of complex movement disorders.

Amy Davis, M.S., CCC-SLP

Amy Davis joined USF as a full time clinical instructor in 2013. She received her Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida and her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Gallaudet University. Ms. Davis began her career in Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia where she specialized in working with preschool and school aged children in the area of aural rehabilitation, using both ASL and cued speech. Additionally, Ms. Davis gained extensive experience working with children with autism, specifically with pragmatic intervention and augmentative communication treatment. Ms. Davis has also worked in the private sector at an outpatient children's therapy center, as well as in home health. She most recently worked in Pasco County Schools where she gained extensive experience treating school age students with language and literacy disorders. Her primary areas of interest include language and literacy intervention, phonological disorders and autism spectrum disorders.

Carolyn Ford, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Carolyn Ford joined USF as an Instructor in the CSD Department in 1992. She received her Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Alabama and her Educational Doctorate Degree from the University of South Florida. She holds ASHA Board Certification as a Child Language Specialist and teaches courses and supervises in the areas of Child Language and Literacy and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She is the coordinator of the Suncoast Distance Master's Program, an online master's program through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She serves on several task forces including the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Speech Language Pathology Leadership Network. She promotes the Evidence-Based Practices model, Leadership skills, and best practices with colleagues throughout Florida's through her collaboration with SLPs working in the public schools throughout Florida. She has provided numerous in-services to school districts and SLPs throughout the State of Florida on Language and Literacy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Response to Intervention, and Common Core State Standards.

Michelle Peters Hite, M.S., CCC-SLP

Michelle Hite has been with USF as a clinical instructor since 2010. She received her Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from USF. She has experience working with children and families within an outpatient clinic setting, public school systems, as well as in a training and consultative ole while at the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Her areas of clinical specialty include working with individuals with language and literacy disorders, including Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and phonological disorders. She has previously published research in the area of written language disorders, with a focus on how spelling development is influenced. She has also published a clinical manual about providing evidence-based intervention to children with ASD. She has developed both social skills groups and literacy intervention groups, including here at the USF-SLHC. She particularly enjoys working collaboratively with families and with school-based teams to provide evidence-based interventions and supports to children. She currently provides clinical instruction within the Speech Language Pathology Master's program on campus, as well as within the Suncoast Distance Master's program.

Diana Julbe-Delgado, M.S., CCC-SLP

Diana Julbe-Delgado is currently the Clinic Director. She completed her undergraduate and graduate coursework at the University of South Florida where she also received her Master's and Undergraduate education. Mrs. Julbe-Delgado has experience with pre-school through geriatric age populations in a variety of settings and has served as a USF clinical instructor for both the Language Phonology practica as well as the Voice, Fluency, and Neurogenic practica. Her experience includes performing speech-language evaluations and providing treatment to children in outpatient, private practice, hospital homebound, and school based settings. Mrs. Julbe-Delgado also has experience working with adult populations in acute care, inpatient/outpatient hospital, skilled nursing facilities, rehab, assisted living, and private practice. Her areas of specialty includes working with adults with disorders of Cognition (e.g. Dementia), Traumatic Brain Injury, Language Learning related to Learning Disabilities, Voice, and Dysphagia (swallowing disorders). Mrs. Julbe-Delgado also works with bilingual populations (Spanish-English) and provides elective accent reduction training. Ms. Julbe-Delgado holds specialty certification/training in Vital Stim for the treatment of Dysphagia, Comprehensive Assessment in Foreign Accented English, and Lee Silverman Voice Treatment program for clients with Parkinson's disease.

Leslie Lopez, M.S., CCC-SLP

Mrs. Lopez joined the Clinical Faculty at USF in August 2017. She has been practicing as a speech-language pathologist for over 10 years, having previous clinical experience in the public schools, in-patient hospitals, and a pediatric convalescent center. Most recently, Mrs. Lopez worked as a diagnostician on a multidisciplinary pediatric evaluation team at the University of Louisville, Weisskopf Child Evaluation Center. ASHA certified, she has experience evaluating and treating children of all ages, with a wide variety of diagnoses. Mrs. Lopez completed her Bachelor's degree at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2002, and her Master's degree at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2004. She is currently in candidacy to complete her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Public Health, with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, at the University of Louisville. Her areas of clinical expertise include: diagnostic procedures; early intervention; caregiver coaching; and autism spectrum disorder.

Nathan Maxfield, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Maxfield joined our faculty in August 2005. He earned his Ph.D. at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. His research focus is on cognitive neuroscience investigations of speech, language and hearing processing. A portion of his work, funded by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on language and cognitive processing in people who stutter. In this line of research, Dr. Maxfield uses brain electrophysiological measures alongside more traditional behavioral measures to investigate how people who stutter process language in real time in preparation for speech production. Dr. Maxfield's clinical focus is on working with people who stutter. Among other people, Maxfield trained under Pat Richard Sacco who, for many decades, directed a residential treatment program for stuttering at the SUNY-Geneseo campus (with Dr. Harold Starbuck) before bringing that program to USF in the early 1990's. Both Sacco and Starbuck were students of Dr. Charles Van Riper, and many of Van Riper's core treatment principles make-up the intensive treatment program developed by Sacco and Starbuck. Sacco retired in the late 1990's, but Dr. Maxfield recently revived Sacco's summer intensive treatment program for stuttering (now called the Program for Advanced Treatment of Stuttering, or PATS). Dr. Maxfield also supervises preschool and school-age fluency clinics at USF. Dr. Maxfield enjoys clinical teaching and mentoring students in research; he supervises undergraduate and graduate thesis projects, as well as doctoral student projects.

Cheryl Paul, M.S., CCC-SLP

Ms. Paul is a graduate of USF. She specializes in treating adults with neurogenic language disorders. Ms. Paul works with adults who have aphasia, doing individual and group treatment, including an Aphasia Book Club, Aphasia Movie Group and group sessions for people with mild aphasia. She also assist with the monthly Tampa Community Aphasia group.

Ms. Paul is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator.

Mary Pyfrom, MA, CCC-SLP, MT-BC

Mary Pyfrom, MA, CCC-SLP, MT-BC joined USF as a full time clinical instructor in the fall of 2015. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from Mississippi University for Women and holds the credential MT-BC (Music Therapist- Board Certified). She received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Mrs. Pyfrom has experience working with adult populations in skilled nursing facilities, home health, and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals. This includes working with adult clients with Dysphagia (swallowing disorders), Aphasia, Apraxia of Speech, Parkinson's disease, and Cognitive-Communication deficits (e.g. Dementia, Traumatic Brain Injury). Prior to joining USF, she served as the Director of Speech Therapy at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her areas of clinical specialty include adult neurogenics and pediatric and adult voice disorders, with primary interest in professional voice users, specifically singers and actors. Mrs. Pyfrom holds specialty certification in Vital Stim for the treatment of Dysphagia, Lee Silverman Voice Treatment – LOUD and Speak OUT! for clients with Parkinson's Disease, Myofascial Release, Leesac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy, and the Compton Method for Accent Modification.

Kathleen Sills, MS, CCC-SLP

Kathleen Sills is a Speech-Language Pathologist and certified teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing. Ms. Sills is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Florida with special interests in the areas of Early Intervention, Aural (Re) Habilitation, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Special Populations. Mrs. Sills is also an Early Steps provider through the State of Florida and provides a family centered approach to speech-language and aural rehabilitation therapies. Mrs. Sills' prior experiences included working for the School District of Hillsborough County for 25 years. As a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing, she taught in a self-contained, total communication classroom setting and as a parent-infant hearing impaired teacher in the hospital/homebound program. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, Ms. Sills was a resource SLP in an elementary school with a large ESE population. She has also held positions as a licensed Audiology Assistant and worked part time in a private practice serving pediatric and adult clients. She has been recognized by parents and professionals with various education awards and continues to serve the community by providing community outreach and education through multiple agencies and volunteering for special events.