Ph.D., Columbia University; Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2006)
M.S., Teachers College; Columbia University (1992)
B.A., New York University (1990)
Advanced Anatomy,Physiology, Neurology Of The Speech Mechanism
Dysphagia: Evaluation And Management
Introduction To The Clinical Process
Speech Disorders In Children
I have been a licensed speech-language pathologist for 22 years with the following certification and training: ASHA, Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicap, Certified as an Early Intervention Provider in Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau County, Compton Foreign Accent Program, Lidcombe trained, FastForward, Prompt trained, Vital Stimulation trained, and Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) training. My clinical expertise are in the following areas: children with speech sound disorders, TBI, aphasia, swallowing disorders in adults, and stuttering in children and adults. I have worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes (contract), school (contract), private practices (and agencies) and a day treatment program.
Name: The Neural Bases of Speech and Swallowing Disorders Laboratory
Description: The goal of this laboratory is to develop an understanding of the neural and physiological mechanisms underlying a variety of communication and swallowing disorders including: neuromotor speech disorders, stuttering, and dysphagia. We are also interested in understanding the role that these mechanisms play in assessment and treatment of these disorders.
The laboratory contains equipment for examining the effectiveness of certain treatment techniques, such as Electopalatography for children with articulation and phonological disorders, and Vital Stimulation for adults with swallowing disorders. In addition to other methods, Electropalatography (EPG) and Electromyography (EMG), which measures the activity of the muscles in order to evaluate motor learning patterns and performance, assist in investigating the neurological bases of these disorders.
1. The effectiveness of parental questionnaires on assessment of speech--language and auditory function in children. In Collaboration with Dr. Yula Serpanos, Dr. Mary Jo Cooley-Hidecker, Dr. Abbey Berg and Lisa Casale (Master’s Student).
2. The use of Electropalatography therapy with deaf children
with Cochlear Implants.
3. Examining the effectiveness of Isometric Progressive Resistance Oropharyngeal (I-PRO) Therapy in patients with dysphagia secondary to dysarthria.
4. The use of SIPARI: a music therapy intervention for patients diagnosed with aphasia. In collaboration with Dr. Dianne Slavin (LIU-Post).
5. The Importance of Interprofessional Education and Collaboration in Swallowing Disorders. In collaboration with Akhtar Ebrahimi Ghassemi, Ph.D., MHC, MSN, RN is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Public Health
1. Faculty Development Grant, Adelphi University, PI: Renee Fabus: $3,200 for Spring 2015. A pilot study examining the effectiveness of Isometric Progressive Resistance Oropharyngeal (I-PRO) Therapy in Patients with Dysphagia Secondary to Hypokinetic Dysarthria.
2. Faculty Development Grant, Adelphi University, PI: Renee Fabus: $2,000 for Spring 2014. The Use of Electropalatography Therapy with Deaf Children
with Cochlear Implants.
3. Faculty Development Grant, Adelphi University, PI: Renee Fabus; $4,000 Spring 2013. The Use of Electropalatography in Intervention with Children Diagnosed with Articulation Disorders.
Funding at Previous Institution:
1. New Faculty Fund, Brooklyn College, PI: Renee Fabus; $342.00 for Spring 2010.
2. Diversity Grant Proposal (For Spring Semester 2009). City University of New York; PI: Renee Fabus; $2,500.00
Development of a Mentoring Program to Increase Recruitment of Graduate Students from Underrepresented Populations in Communication Sciences and Disorders - (Collaboration with faculty at BC)
3.CUNY Collaborative Incentive Award (For 2007 – 2008, August 2007); PI: Renee Fabus; - $38,935.00 in collaboration with Dr. Ray Johnson at Queens College
4.New Faculty Fund (December 2006); PI: Renee Fabus; - Received January 2007 ($800.00)
5.Diversity Grant Proposal (November 2006) - Received January 2007 ($2,500.00)
Proposal to Increase Recruitment of Graduate Students from Underrepresented Populations in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Collaboration with faculty at BC)
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"Educational Video for Individuals with Dysphagia". Educational Video for Individuals with Dysphagia. In Collaboration with Kaitlin Dondorf M.S. and Selene Gatzonis, MFA, released in January 2015. January 2015.
"Case Studies of Children with Articulation and Phonological Disorders". This video was created in collaboration with Julia Yudes-Kuznetsov and Terry Gozdziewski. This video was inspired by the fact that there are limited video files of children exhibiting articulation and phonological disorders. Plural Publishing. September 2014.
"Helpful Internet Resources for the Speech-Language Pathologist Working with Children with Speech Sound Disorders (Editorial Reviewed)". LISHA Hearsay, Vol 38, Issue 2, page 4. July 2014.
"Electropalatography in the 21st Century (Editorial Reviewed). In collaboration with Lawrence Raphael.". Advance in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Magazine. May 2014.
"The Use of Electropalatography (EPG) in the Therapy Session". The Communicator. The New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Volume 44, Issue 2, Pages 20-21. April 2014.
"Complete Speech Smart Palate System, review posted on their website". Collaborated with Dr. Lawrence and Brittany Badke and Sarah Cron. January 2013.
Eichorn, N. &Fabus, R. (2012). Assessment of Fluency Disorders. A Guide To Clinical Assessment and Professional Report Writing in Speech-Language Pathology. Delmar/ Cengage Learning.
Fabus, R. & Gironda, F. (2012). Assessment of Articulation and Phonological Disorders. In Stein, C. & Fabus, R. (Eds.). A Guide To Clinical Assessment and Professional Report Writing in Speech-Language Pathology. Delmar/ Cengage Learning.
Gironda, F., Fabus, R. & Musayeva, S. (2012). Assessment of the Oral-Peripheral Speech Mechanism. In Stein, C. & Fabus, R. (Eds.). A Guide To Clinical Assessment and Professional Report Writing in Speech-Language Pathology. Delmar / Cengage Learning.
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Dondorf, K., Fabus, R. & Ghassemi, A. (2016), The Importance of Interprofessional Education and Collaboration between Nurses and Speech-Language Pathologists in Skilled Nursing Facilities. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 16(4), 17-20.
Gatzonis, S. & Fabus, R. (2015), A preliminary Study Investigating the Effects of a Modified Yoga Breathing Program with Four Persons who Stutter (PWS). Contemporary Issues in Communication Disorders, 246-259.
Fabus, R., Sands, E., Springer, C. & Dondorf, K. (2015), The relationship between perceptions of caregiving and carer contributions in an interview situation with a partner with aphasia. Aphasiology.
Casale, L. & Fabus, R. (2015), A preliminary study investigating the naming and narrative discourse skills in three variants of primary progressive aphasia (PPA): semantic, logopenic, and non-fluent/agrammatic. Medico Research Chronicles, 2(3), 384-393.
Fabus, R., Raphael, L., Gatzonis, S., Dondorf, K., Giardina, K., Cron, S. & Badke, B. (2015), Preliminary Case Studies Investigating the Use of Electropalatography (EPG) Manufactured by Complete Speech as a Biofeedback Tool in Intervention. International Journal of Linguistics and Communication, 3(1).
Fabus, R. & Dondorf, K (2014), Training Speech-Language Pathology Students to Perform the Clinical Swallow Evaluation and a Multidisciplinary Approach in a Skilled Nursing Facility. (2015). EXPRESS: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 1(11), 1-24.
Fabus, R. & Dondorf K. (2014), International Journal of Therapies and Rehabilitation Research. The Effects of VitalStimTherapy with a Patient Diagnosed with a Stroke, 3(3), 13 – 21.
Sidavi, A. & Fabus, R. (2009), A Review of Stuttering Intervention Approaches for Preschool and Elementary School-Age Children. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences & Disorders..
Longtin, S. & Fabus, R. (2008), The Use of Videotape Self-Monitoring to Facilitate Interactive Intervention in Speech-Language Therapy with Preschool Children with Autism. The Clinical Supervisor, 27 (1).
Fabus, R. (2008), Book Review of Technology for Communication and Cognitive Treatment: The Clinician’s Guide. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences & Disorders., 35.
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Fabus & Colley-Hidecker (2014, January). Communication Assessment. UNICEF-Expert Consultation on the Measurement of Child Disability.
Fabus (2013, November). The importance of collaboration with nursing when working with patients with dysphagia. College of Nursing and Public Health - Dr. Lee's Class.
Fabus, R. (2013, September). Board of Education Professional Development Workshop on Stuttering Assessment and Intervention.
Fabus, R. (2012, June). Review of Existing Instruments for the Child Assessment: Communication. UNICEF Expert Consultation on the Measurement of Child Disability, New York, NY.
Fabus, R. (2012, March). Speech and Swallowing Disorders in Patients with Neurological Impairment. SUNY Downstate Medical Center, for Doctoral Students in PT, Brooklyn, NY.
Fabus, R. (2010, December). Assessment of Speech and Language Skills in Preschool Children. Fordham University - Doctoral Program in School Psychology, NY, NY.
Fabus, R. (2009, April). Supervisor - The Fluency Weekend Workshop. The College of St. Rose, Albany, NY.
Fabus, R. (2009, March). Neural Motor Processes Underlying Stuttering. SCORE Science retreat at Brooklyn College/CUNY, Brooklyn, NY.
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Ghassemi, A. & Fabus, R (2015). Interprofessional Education: A Bridge to Quality of Patient Care in 21st Century. 11th Nursing Leadership Conference: Building Alliances-Cultivating leadership.
Casale, L. & Fabus, R. (2014). • Naming and narrative discourse skills in patients diagnosed with subtypes of Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). In ASHA Convention. Orlando, Florida.
Slavin, D. & Fabus, R. (2014). • The influence of spouses’ attitudinal patterns on long term adjustment to aphasia and physical impairment. In ASHA Convention. Accepted, not presented.
Sands, E., Fabus, R. & Dondorf, K. (2014). Do the nurturance characteristics of the spouse influence the communication style of the patient with aphasia? In NYSSLHA Annual Convention. Saratoga Springs, N.Y..
Gatzonis, S. & Fabus, R. (2014). • What are the effects of a modified yoga breathing program on the fluency skills and self-perception of an individual who stutters? In NYSSLHA Annual Convention (pp. accepted, not presented). Saratoga Springs, N.Y..
Farrell, L. & Fabus, R. (2014). Surface Electromyography (sEMG) used as a biofeedback instrument during dysphagia. In NYSSLHA Convention. Saratoga Springs, N.Y..
Renee Fabus/ Lawrence Raphael/ Brittany Badke/ Sarah Cron (2013). EPG as an Intervention for Clients with Speech Sound Disorders. In NYSSLHA Convention Poster Session, Saratoga, NY.
Renee Fabus/ Elaine Sands/ Kaitlin Dondorf (2013). A Systematic Review of the Nurturance Characteristics of Carers of Patients with Aphasia. In NYSSLHA Convention Poster Session, Saratoga, NY.
Rene Fabus/ Kaitlin Dondorf (2013). Intervention Techniques for Adults Diagnosed wih Dsphagia Secondary to Stroke. In NYSSLHA Convention Oral Session, Saratoga, NY.
Renee Fabus/ Lawrence Raphael/ Sarah Cron/Brittany Badke (2012). Electropalatography as an Intervention Tool for Clients with Articulation Disorders. In ASHA Convention 2012. Atlanta, GA.
Renee Fabus/Susan Bohne/ Lucille Nielson-Rosander (2007). Evidence-Based Practice Study Examining the Compton Accent Modification Program. In ASHA Convention 2007. Philadelphia, PA.
Renee Fabus/Peter Gordon (2007). Evaluating the Procedural Deficit Hypothesis in Preschool Children with Language and Motor Deficits. In Cognitive Neuroscience Society. NY, NY.
Susan Longtin/Renee Fabus (2006). Discourse Modification Program. In NYSSLHA Convention 2006. Saratoga Springs, NY.
Other Scholarly/Artistic Work
UNICEF Measurement of Child Disability Second Stage Assessment: Communication Module In PRESS--
Contributors: Fabus, R. & Cooley Hidecker, M.J.
Honors and Accomplishments
Immediate Past President's Award from Long Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association (LISHA) - December 2015
The New York State Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NYSSLHA) Student Scholarship Award to Selene Gatzonis (Master’s Student Mentoring), April 2014.
Doctoral Student Award from Long Island Speech-Language and Hearing Association (LISHA) for Kaitlin Dondorf (Doctoral Student Mentoring). October 2014.
Four graduate student awards for their projects on Research Day at Adelphi University (April 2013 and April 2012)
Cambridge Who’s Who Registry among Executive and Professional Women (2009)
Teacher of the Year Award at Brooklyn College (2009)
The Salute to Scholars Award from The City University of New York (December 2009; December 2008)
ACE from ASHA (January 2014; January 2012; January 2008; May 2006; January 2007)
Kappa Delta Pi - International Education Honor Society-Teachers College Chapter
Guest Editor of Special Interest Group (SIG) 2: Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders in an Issue of Perspectives in 2016
NYSSLHA Communicator Editorial Board (Assistant Editor, 2015 - present)
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology- Editorial Reviewer (2011 – 2013)
Reviewer for Jones and Bartlett Publishers for textbooks
Journal of Motor and Behavior (2011- 2013) Editorial Consultant
SLP.com—Editorial Consultant (2011 – 2014)
Associate Editor for Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders (CICSD) – (July 2008 – January 2010)
Reviewer for CUNY Collaborative Awards (2009)
Editorial Consultant for CICSD (2006 – 2008)
Editor for Hearsay (Quarterly newsletter from LISHA) (2007 – 2009)
Academy Neurologic Communication Disorders Publications Committee Chair (2015- present)
Long Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2005 – Present)
Board Position -
President (2012 - present);
Vice President and Conference Chair (2010, 2011); Publications (2007 – 2009); Conference Chair of Exhibits- October 2009; Co-Chair of Exhibits 2008 Fall Conference; University Counselor (2006 – 2007); organized workshops about sensory integration in children, aphasia, phonological awareness for approximately 50 – 90 attendees
NYSSLHA Conference Committee on Neurogenic Communication Papers (May 2009)
ASHA Mentor (December 2006 – 2008)
Chair of the Student Papers Committee for the 2006 NYSSLHA Convention
Chair of NYSSLHA Student Issues Committee & Student Scholarship Task Force (2005 – 2007)
Co- Chair of NYSSLHA Student Issues Committee & Student Scholarship Task Force (2004)
NYSSLHA Student Information Committee & Student Scholarship Task Force (2003 – 2004)
Special Interest Divisions (2, 4, and 13)
National Stuttering Association
Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences
Dysphagia Research Society
Round Table Groups-Expert Witness Testimony
Kappa Delta Pi
Community and Corporate Leadership
Supervising graduate students in the Hy Weinberg clinic with their clients using Electropalatography (2012 - Present).
Supervised students during a Clinical Swallow Evaluation at the Hy Weinberg Center in February 2014.
Invited Supervisor at the Fluency Weekend Workshop at the College of St. Rose (April 2009 and April 2007).
Memory Screenings for the Alzheimer Association at the Diana Rogovan Davidow Speech & Hearing Center (For Spring 2009)
Established The Oliver Bloodstein Chapter of the National Stuttering Association Adult Chapter (Began Spring 2008 and still in existence)
Licenses & Certifications
New York State License