Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Affiliated Faculty

Offiong Aqua, MD

Born in Nigeria, he received his M.D. from the Faculty of Medicine at Friendship University, Moscow, Russia in 1986. His post-graduate training at the same University was in Facio-Maxillary Surgery.  For more than a decade, he was a faculty member at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY where he helped establish programs in Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, and served as Co-Chair, Department of Natural Sciences. He also served as adjunct faculty at New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York before joining the faculty at New York University.

He is a pivotal member of the heath section of NYU Africa House, ( a research institute that among other things focuses on global African health care issues.) On a NYU health care grant, in 2007, he helped develop an academic partnership between the Ghana Ministry of Health and New York University at Ghana. This partnership resulted in the launching of the Steinhardt School's (Department of Occupational Therapy) first health-related course abroad Jan 2008 "A Global Disability Course" under the auspices of New York University Campus in Accra, Ghana.

Professor Offiong Aqua successfully conducted a Health System Audit for Akwa-ibom State Government in Nigeria. Akwa-ibom State is the #1 producer of petroleum (oil) in Nigeria. This audit (system of assessment) is currently used for healthcare planning in that region. He is, in addition, working with another senior faculty member from the NYU School of Medicine on a program proposal to institute a Functional Health Care System in the oil producing region of Nigeria (pop = 40 million). The main feature of this program is academic training and international clinical education.

Ryan C. Branski, PhD

Ryan Branski Ph.D is Associate Director of the NYU Voice Center and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at New York University.  He is in affiliated faculty member of the CSD Department.  

Dr. Branski is a licensed speech pathologist specializing in voice rehabilitation. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Florida, and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He completed his Clinical Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center.

Prior to joining the NYU Voice Center, Dr. Branski served as the Associate Director of the Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Branski is an active member of the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA). He is also the recipient of the Award for Early Career Contributions in Research by ASHA. Dr. Branski runs an active research laboratory funded by the National Institutes of Health and is considered a leader in the study of vocal fold injury and repair and the development of novel gene therapy techniques. He has published over sixty scientific articles and two seminal books on the voice.

Elizabeth E. Galletta, PhD

Elizabeth E. Galletta, Ph.D., is Director of the Neurolinguistics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (NNR Lab) at Rusk Rehabilitation, NYU Langone Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. She is an affiliated member of the CSD Department.

Dr. Galletta is a licensed speech-language pathologist specializing in aphasia treatment and aphasia rehabilitation research in the Speech Language Pathology Department at Rusk Rehabilitation where she is a Clinical Research Specialist in Acquired Neurogenic Disorders. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and graduate degrees from the City University of New York. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Stroke Rehabilitation Research at the New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Foundation Research Center.

Aaron M. Johnson, PhD, MM

Aaron M. Johnson, Ph.D, MM is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at New York University School of Medicine.  As a speech-language pathologist and singing voice specialist at the NYU Voice Center, he specializes in voice habilitation and rehabilitation to prevent and treat voice disorders in performing artists. His patients range from aspiring students to accomplished professionals. His research laboratory, funded by the National Institutes of Health, employs novel translational methods to examine the effects of vocal training on laryngeal neuromuscular mechanisms, with a particular focus on preventing and treating age-related voice disorders in older adults.

Both his clinical and research interests stem from his previous decade-long career as a professional classical singer and teacher of singing. He holds degrees in vocal performance from Northwestern University, a certificate in Vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech, and a clinical masters in speech-language pathology from Rush University, and earned his research doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining NYU, he was on faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is an active member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Voice Foundation, and is a charter member of the Pan-American Vocology Association.