The staff of the Aphasia Center of California is dedicated to bringing innovation, compassion, and expertise to serving people affected by aphasia. All therapy is provided by highly experienced speech-language pathologists who have dedicated their careers to the treatment of aphasia and other neurological communication disorders.
Roberta J. Elman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS
President/CEO and Speech-Language Pathologist
Dr. Elman holds Board Certification in adult neurologic communication disorders from the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences. She received her doctorate in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to founding the Aphasia Center of California, Dr. Elman was Co-Director of an outpatient medical rehabilitation center. She has more than 40 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of neurologic communication disorders. She is the author of numerous professional publications and the editor of a book published by Plural Publishing, “Group Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders: The Expert Clinician’s Approach.” Dr. Elman is an Honors recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Susan E. Adair Ewing, M.A., CCC-SLP
Ms. Ewing brings more than 35 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist working with adults having neurologic communication disorders. Before moving to California in 1994, she worked at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan where she began communication and psychosocial groups for stroke survivors and family members. She has co-authored a book, “Pathways: Moving beyond stroke and aphasia,” and two videotapes, “What is Aphasia?” and “Pathways.”
Giti Cira, M.S., CCC-SLP
Ms. Cira received her Master’s Degree in Communicative Disorders & Sciences from California State University, East Bay. While there, she gained valuable clinical experience in facilitating aphasia groups. Before beginning her staff position at the ACC, Ms. Cira was an ACC volunteer. In addition to her work at the ACC, she currently works with adults at a regional medical center.
Madison Cano Fox, M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS
Ms. Fox received her Master’s Degree in Communicative Disorders & Sciences from California State University, East Bay. During her graduate studies, she gained experience in facilitating aphasia groups as well as an aphasia choir. Before beginning her career as a speech-language pathologist, Ms. Fox was a professional musician. In addition to her work at the ACC, she currently works with adults at a regional medical center. Ms. Fox is certified as a brain injury specialist by the Brain Injury Association of America.
Alyssa Rome, M.S., CCC-SLP
Ms. Rome earned her Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders & Sciences from California State University, East Bay after working as a journalist for many years. She began at the Aphasia Center of California as a volunteer in 2016. She also works with adults in the hospital, outpatient, and skilled nursing settings.