Pre-Professional/Graduate Program Coordinator
Advisor: Non-SLHS Majors (pre- and post- B.A.)
Christina Luna received her Master of Arts degree in speech-language pathology (1998) as well as her Bachelor of Arts degree in speech-language pathology and psychology (1996, Summa Cum Laude) from William Paterson University. Following graduation, she worked for several years as a New Jersey licensed speech-language pathologist and earned a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Over the course of her clinical practice, Dr. Luna continued to be interested in pursuing clinical research. She ultimately returned to school to earn her doctorate in speech-language pathology from Nova Southeastern University, graduating with distinction in 2009, after completing her dissertation in the area of aphasia and cognitive flexibility which she conducted entirely in the on campus Center for Communication Disorders at Kean.
Dr. Luna joined the faculty at Kean University in the Department of Communication Disorders and Deafness as an adjunct professor in September 2003 teaching in the graduate and undergraduate programs and supervising student clinicians in the on campus clinic while completing her doctoral degree. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Kean and continues her clinical practice as a per diem clinician at a local area hospital and a regional trauma center providing acute care inpatient and acute rehabilitation services including the assessment and treatment of dysphagia (disorders of swallowing) as well as a variety of speech, language and cognitive disorders. Dr. Luna also provides outpatient services for children with a variety of disorders including communication problems related to autistic spectrum disorders, executive dysfunction, auditory processing disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, and craniofacial disorders, such as clefts of the lip and palate.
A member of several professional associations, including the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) and the Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences and Disorders (ANCDS), Dr. Luna continues to pursue her research work in the areas of executive function (e.g., attention, memory, cognitive flexibility, problem solving) in individuals with a variety of disorders affecting communication including post-stroke aphasia, attention deficit disorder and auditory processing disorder.