Maria Grigos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development. She is currently Director of the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Masters Program and the Motor Speech Laboratory at NYU.
Dr. Grigos has been conducting research to better understand speech production in children for over 20 years. Her scholarly work uses kinematic, acoustic and perceptual methods to pursue two lines of research. The first examines speech motor development in children with speech sound disorders, which includes studying the efficacy of speech intervention for children with apraxia of speech. The second examines changes in speech production and facial movement in adults following facial transplant surgery, together with an interdisciplinary team from the NYU Langone Health System. Funding from the National Institutes of Health, NYU Steinhardt, the ASHFoundation and Apraxia-Kids has supported her research. Dr. Grigos’s research has been published in a number of journals including the Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, Phonetics, and Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics.
Dr. Grigos is currently an Editor for the Speech section of the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. She holds clinical certification from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, and is licensed in speech-language pathology in New York State. Dr. Grigos earned a B.S. from New York University, and both a M.S. and Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a graduate of the Fontbonne Class of 1986. Dr. Grigos resides in Brooklyn with her husband and their three children.
Christine Minieri is a native of Brooklyn, New York and a Fontbonne alum. After she graduated in 2004, she obtained a Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Psychology, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Childhood Education, and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Science, Letters, and Society, from the City University of New York.
Christine is the co-owner of DC Licensed Mental Health Counselors PLLC. She is a therapist specializing in child, adolescent and adult therapy. Her area of specialization includes but is not limited to adjustment issues, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, self-esteem and body image. With compassion and understanding, she works with individuals and families to help them build on their strengths and maximize personal growth. She also has extensive experience working in crisis intervention. The New York State Office of Mental Health has acknowledged her for her crisis counseling work in responding to the communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Christine is also a member of the NYS Psychological Association and the NYS Mental Health Counselors Association. During Christine’s free time she enjoys yoga, horseback riding, and tennis.
Sr. Maryann Napier is a Sister of St. Joseph of Brentwood, New York. Brooklyn, New York is her home town and she is a proud Alumna of Fontbonne Hall Academy. She did her undergraduate studies at Brentwood College. She achieved Masters Degrees from C.W. Post and the Immaculate Conception Seminary. Being the recipient of grants afforded her the great experience of studying at Potsdam State College, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and San Diego State College.
Sr. Maryann Napier is currently the Mathematics Chairperson at St. Francis Preparatory High School in Fresh Meadows, New York. She teaches Calculus Honors and enjoys the energy of the young people that she meets. Being on the Board of Trustees of Fontbonne Hall has enabled her to meet new and interesting persons as well the ability to reconnect with her Alma Mater.