Dr. Barbara Bonfanti : CAL U

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Barbara Bonfanti, Ph.D., CCC-SL


  • B.S.: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • M.Ed.: California University of Pennsylvania
  • M.S.: St. Francis University of Juliet, Ill.
  • Ph.D.: University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Bonfanti came to the Department of Communication Disorders after a 25-year career as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of health care settings. Her primary areas of interest are swallowing disorders, diagnostic procedures, stuttering, neurology, patients with blindness and elderly patients with dementia. She has published in the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness and theJournal of Fluency Disorders. She recently invented a method of increasing nutrition and dehydration in patients with late-stage Alzheimer's disease and validated the effectiveness through grant-funded research.


  • Neurology
  • Research and Professional Issues
  • Fluency Disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Speech-Language Diagnostics
  • Communication Across the Lifespan

Service Learning Projects

Dr. Bonfanti has instructed nursing home staff, families and other health care workers about ways to increase nutrition and hydration in the frail elderly.

In The Classroom

"I have worked with neurogenic (brain-damaged) clients for so many years that I understand the effect of those injuries on learning. In my classroom, therefore, I am very sensitive to the differences between my ‘right-brained' vs. ‘left-brained' learners. When I am teaching, I often hear myself saying, ‘Let me say that again for my left-brained friends in the audience; and for my right-brained friends, let me draw it!'"

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Communication Disorders

Academic Program(s)

  • M.S. Communication Disorders
  • B.S. Communication Disorders

Contact Information



Morgan Hall 290