Communication Sciences and Disorders

Center Coordinators

Lesley Maxwell, Director of the MGH Institute Speech, Language, and Literacy CenterLesley Maxwell, MS, CCC-SLP, is Director of Clinical Education for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) and directs the Speech, Language and Literacy Center. As Clinical Associate Professor she teaches and practices in the area of pediatrics with specialty interests in early childhood speech and language disorders, autism phonological disorders, and literacy.

Bonnie HalvorsonBonnie Halvorson-Bourgeois, MS, CCC-SLP, coordinates Reading Services for the Center and is also Clinical Instructor in the CSD program. She has both teaching and clinical experience in the areas of reading and reading instruction.

Marjorie NicholasMarjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP, coordinates the adult Aphasia Center. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist for over 15 years at the Boston Veteran's Hospital Healthcare System. She is  Associate Chair and Professor in the CSD program, and a research assistant professor in the Neurology Department of Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Nicholas is an expert in the areas of aphasia, language in normal aging, and dementia.

Eileen HunsakerEileen Hunsaker, MS, CCC-SLP, coordinates the adult Aphasia Center. She worked as a speech-language pathologist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston for several years before joining the Aphasia Center in 2006. She is Clinical Assistant Professor in the CSD department. Eileen has worked as a speech-language pathologist for over 15 years with a specialty in rehabilitation of adult neurogenic communication disorders.

Speech Center Faculty

  • Melissa J. Feller, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Instructor
  • Bonnie Halvorson-Bourgeois, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Instructor and Coordinator of Reading Services
  • Charles Haynes, EdD, MS, CCC-SLP, Professor and Clinical Supervisor
  • Eileen Hunsaker, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the Aphasia Center 
  • Charles Jeans, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Instructor, Coordinator of External Clinical Education
  • Lesley Maxwell, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Education, Coordinator of the Speech, Language and Literacy Center 
  • Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP, Professor, Associate Chair, Coordinator of the Aphasia Center
  • Mary Riotte, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Instructor
  • Margaret Kjelgaard, PhD, CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor


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