Lisa Tafuro, Ph.D.

Lisa Tafuro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Communication Studies LI
Infant Toddler Early Childhood Special Education LI


Long Island

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B.A. in Communication Studies and Philosophy, Rutgers University, 1990

M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Arizona State University, 1996

Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Psychology, New York University, 2011


CCC-SLP, Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, U.S. 

TSSLD, Teaching Students with Speech-Language Disabilities, New York State


Lisa Tafuro, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at St. Joseph’s University, New York. She has worked as a clinical speech-language pathologist for more than 25 years and earned an interdisciplinary doctoral degree at NYU, focusing on linguistic anthropology and applied psychology, studying the role of cross-cultural early childhood language in children’s social-cognitive development. Dr. Tafuro has crossed over into early childhood education with a current research focus on the role of language in equitable and inclusive preschool classrooms. She is the director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL), serves as Chair of the Committee on Honors, and is a Faculty Interest Counsel (FIC) member, as well as licensed telehealth provider.