Clinic Faculty

Joan M. Balash

Office: CMA 2.252
Hours: By appointment only
Email: j.balash@mail.utexas.edu
Phone: (512) 471-2013

Joan M. Balash, M.A., CCC-A is the audiology coordinator of the Speech and Hearing Center. Additional responsibilities include clinical supervision in all areas of audiology, with special interests in the evaluation of infant hearing sensitivity, counseling issues with hearing-impaired persons, and clinical research. Prior to her appointment to the Department in 1990, Ms. Balash was the audiologist at the Austin State School.

Jessica H. Franco

Office: CMA 2.248
Email: jfranco@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: (512) 471-2017

Jessica H. Franco, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA-D, joined the UTSHC as a Clinical Assistant Professor in summer, 2011. She holds degrees from the University of Kansas and University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Franco has focused her clinical practice and research on assessment and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  She founded a diagnostic and training center in San Antonio and has traveled as a consultant for schools and autism centers around the country. Dr. Franco has experience with a variety of approaches for teaching communication skills and methods for reducing severe challenging behaviors. She is active in many autism-related committees and boards, including the Texas Autism Resource and Research Center, Texas Autism Council Advisory Task Force, and the Autism Community Network.

Mirza Lugo-Neris

Office: CMA 2.262
Email: mirzalugo@utexas.edu

Phone: (512) 232-1503

Mirza J. Lugo-Neris, PhD, CCC-SLP, joined the UTSHC as a clinical assistant professor in August 2016. She holds graduate degrees from Florida State University and The University of Texas at Austin. Her experience includes working as a bilingual speech-language pathologist in multiple settings (private practice, public schools, contractor, consultant), clinical supervision of SLP assistants and graduate students, as well as providing community in-services and co-teaching graduate courses.

Dr. Lugo’s clinical research interests include the assessment and treatment of Spanish-English bilingual children with language impairment, the development and efficacy of narrative-based language and literacy interventions, clinical practice research, as well as bilingual language disorders across the lifespan. She currently has publications in American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, and Seminars in Speech and Language.

At UTSHC, Dr. Lugo focuses on educating graduate clinicians in providing appropriate diagnostic and intervention services for children and adults with speech and language disorders, with a focus on Spanish-English bilinguals.

Cydney M. Medford

Office: CMA 2.258
Email:cydmedford@mail.utexas.edu
Phone: (512) 471-2019

Cydney M. Medford, M.S., CCC-SLP, joined the UTSHC as a clinical faculty supervisor in January of 2009. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Baylor University in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Ms. Medford has worked in a variety of settings including the public schools, private practice, home health, residential treatment for brain injured individuals, and outpatient rehabilitation.

Her primary interests are in adult speech/language/cognitive disorders related to aphasia and brain injury.

Madhu Sundarrajan

Office: CMA 2.254
Email: msrajan@austin.utexas.edu

Madhu Sundarrajan, PhD, CCC-SLP joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in September 2015. Dr. Sundarrajan received her training from The University of Texas at Dallas and has worked as a clinical supervisor of graduate students in Texas and California. Her research interests include exploring speech and language development in children with hearing loss. At UTSHC, Dr. Sundarrajan focuses on educating students in providing appropriate intervention for young children with speech and language disorders.

Amanda Zappler

Office: CMA 2.250
Email: azappler@mail.utexas.edu

Amanda Zappler, Au.D., CCC-A, is a clinical assistant professor teaching both graduate and undergraduate CSD and audiology students. She received her doctorate of audiology (AuD) from A.T. Still Health Sciences University in 2006 and her M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1998.

Dr. Zappler specializes in audiology, amplifying systems, aging auditory systems, and noise exposure and hearing loss. She has worked as an educator, private practice clinical audiologist, hospital audiologist, and manufacturer’s technical audiologist and trainer. Zappler currently has publications under review for Ear and Hearing and Audiology Now.