Our faculty at Eastern take considerable interest in their students. Many bring a wealth of personal clinical experience to the department, teach in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, and supervise clinical practicum students in a variety of settings, including our own University Hearing and Speech Clinic at the Riverpoint campus in Spokane, WA. Many faculty are well published researchers who mentor a wide topic of interests.
For contact information for WSU faculty who teach in the joint program, see the Adjunct and Part-time faculty page
Byron Russell is our acting department chair. He received his doctor of philosophy (physical therapy) from Texas Woman's University, Houston Texas. Professor Russell is the department of physical therapy program's anatomy instructor.
Doreen is a Senior Lecturer and Clinic Director of the University Hearing and Speech Clinic. Doreen joined the department in 1995.
Doreen received her M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. She also earned a Master of Health Policy Administration from Washington State University in 1998. Her interests include medical speech pathology, with emphasis in aphasia and dysphagia, as well as accent modification. She is also interested in the business practices of speech pathology and audiology.
Dr. Pimentel is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders. She joined the department in September 1999.
Dr. Pimentel earned two BS degrees in 1983 from Idaho State University; one in psychology and the other in speech pathology and audiology. She completed her MS in 1984 from Idaho State, and completed her PhD in 1993 from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Dr. Pimentel teaches courses in the area of neurogenic communication disorders and organics, anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, communication neuroscience, aphasia, cognitive/ communicative impairments, and motor speech disorders.
Her research interests include the use of context in dementia treatment, discourse analysis in adult neurogenics and the efficacy of our treatment efforts.
Dr. Fuller began his work at Eastern in the fall of 2004. Dr. Fuller has been a member of the academic community for over 20 years. His most recent position was founding chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Misericordia University in Pennsylvania. He held a position at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) before leaving to help create a new program in speech-language pathology at Florida International University in Miami.
Dr. Fuller received his Bachelor of Science in Education degree and Master of Speech Pathology degree from Arkansas State University in 1982 and 1983, respectively. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Purdue University in 1987, specializing in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Prior to his academic career, Dr. Fuller worked for a company specializing in rehabilitation services and in a residential center for persons with cognitive and developmental disabilities.
Dr. Fuller is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), and United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC). He was elected to ASHA Fellowship in 1998.
Dr. Fuller teaches courses in AAC, Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Production, Phonetics, Voice Disorders, and Research Methods.
Lesli Cleveland is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Disorders. She joined the department in January 2008.
Lesli earned a BA degree in English in 1992 from Emory University, in Atlanta, Ga. She completed her MA in 2000 at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge.
Lesli teaches courses in the areas of typical child language development, child language impairment, and child language development and communication disorders in multicultural populations.
Her research focuses on the morphosyntactic abilities of typically developing children and children with language impairment, child language development in the context of linguistic diversity, and literacy.
Dr. Wilson-Fowler began teaching in our department in fall 2010. She recently received her doctoral degree from Florida State University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and provides clinical supervision.
Prior to coming to Eastern, she worked as a speech-language pathologist in private practice and in the public schools in Anacortes, Washington. Dr. Wilson-Fowler has assessed and treated children from 3 to 21 years of age with a range of speech and language disorders. Her area of interest focuses on school-age language and literacy.
Roberta Jackson (Robbie) has been a faculty member at EWU since Fall 1999. With over 30 years of university teaching, she has held positions at the University of California-Santa Barbara, California State University-Long Beach, and California Lutheran University.
Robbie's clinical interests and expertise are in communication disorders in children, specifically stuttering, phonology and language, and in the assessment process for all communication disorders. Currently her research interests center around speech sound disorders, fluency and language learning disabilities. She teaches Voice Disorders, Fluency and Stuttering, and Intervention courses at the undergraduate level and Assessment, Disorders of Fluency, Phonological Acquisition and Behavior, and Advanced Clinical Practice, at the graduate level.
Dr. Barbara Peregoy began her teaching career at Eastern Washington University, as a lecturer, in the Fall of 2001. She comes to Eastern with almost 20 years of clinical experience in private practice. Her clinical interests are early identification of hearing loss, electronystagmography and electrophysiology of the auditory mechanism.
An alumna of EWU, she received her BA in Communication Disorders in 1979, and recently completed her clinical doctorate degree in Audiology from Arizona School of Health Science. Aside from her teaching and clinical supervision duties at EWU, Dr. Peregoy provides hearing screening consultation in the NICU at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane.
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