News from The Katz School

Marissa BarreraDr. Marissa A. Barrera, director of the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) at the Katz School of Science and Health, contributed a chapter, “A Tough Pill to Swallow: Maintaining Good Nutrition when Swallowing is Difficult,” to the Communication Problems from Brain Injury or Disease, published by Johns Hopkins University Press and available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

The book is a guide for caregivers to address speech, language, voice, memory and swallowing impairments and to help distinguish these problems from healthy aging.


Dr. Michaela Medved, clinical assistant professor in the SLP, and Prof. Daniel Pollack, professor of social work at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, co-authored a commentary on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in the New Jersey Law Journal. In “Born Addicted,” the authors discuss how a mother’s illegal drug use during pregnancy can result in NAS, which can lead to a finding of abuse or neglect and a series of legal questions. (Read more of Prof. Pollack’s work.)


Dr. Marian Gidea, chair of the mathematics department at the Katz School, has been appointed to the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a program director in the Mathematical Sciences Division. This distinction is awarded only to the most accomplished researchers in their respective fields. In this annually rotating role, Dr. Gidea will be guiding and evaluating research at the national level. His appointment as an NSF program director is further validation of his expertise as a national researcher and of Yeshiva University’s prestige as a research university.

In his role, he will be involved in various programs on promoting new directions in science, engineering and technology, on supporting cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, and on influencing STEM education at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels.