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Mary Jo Santo Pietro, Ph.D.

Mary Jo Santo Pietro, Ph.D. CCC-slp received her doctorate from Columbia University and after teaching at both Rutgers University and The City University of New York, has settled in as Associate Professor of Speech-language Pathology at Kean University in Union, NJ. She is a research consultant to the Jewish Home and Hospital, Bronx, NY, and founder and moderator of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Stroke Club, now in its 20th year. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a four-term ASHA Legislative Councilor and a past president of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA). Her publications include the books Successful Communication with Persons with Alzheimer's Disease, (with E. Ostuni, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2003, 1st edition, 1997), What is Dementia? (The Speech Bin, 1999), The Breakfast Club: Enhancing the Communication Ability of Alzheimer's Patients, (with F. Boczko, The Speech Bin, 1997), TARGET: Techniques in Aphasia Rehabilitation: Generating Effective Treatment, (with R. Goldfarb, The Speech Bin, 1995), Getting Through: Communicating when Someone You Care for has Alzheimer's Disease (with E. Ostuni, The Speech Bin, 1991), and Father Hartke: His Life and Legacy to the American Theater. Her research articles have appeared in Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, Brain & Language, American Journal of Alzheimer Disease, and ASHA. In the summer of 2000, she presented her work at the World Alzheimer's Congress. In the fall of 2000, she played the part of an aphasic aviator in the drama Wings by Arthur Kopit at the Parsippany Playhouse and Kessler Rehabilitation Institute.