Dr. Jessica Galgano is a Speech Language Pathologist and the Founder and Executive Director of Open Lines Speech and Communication. Her expertise, vision, and guidance ensure a philosophy of integrated, evidence-based care at Open Lines. Dr. Galgano received her PhD from Columbia University and specializes in the treatment of neurogenic speech, language, and voice disorders. Prior to receiving her doctorate, she received an MPhil from Columbia as well as MA and BS degrees from NYU.
Dr. Galgano is a member of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences and the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Special Interest Division focused in the areas of Voice Disorders, and Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders.
Dr. Galgano is one of seven certified LSVT LOUD® faculty instructors worldwide. LSVT LOUD is the gold standard treatment approach used for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. It has also shown to be effective in the treatment of speech and voice disorders due to Cerebral Palsy, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, and changes associated with aging voice. She has also been trained in Lessac-Based Resonant Voice Therapy and other effective means of treating other types of voice disorders in individuals who use their voice professionally, from attorneys and teachers to Broadway performers.
Dr. Galgano holds a faculty instructor position at NYU Langone School of Medicine where she was involved in research examining what factors help people with Aphasia live successfully after having a stroke. Dr. Galgano has been an adjunct professor Columbia University, Teachers College and NYU on the topics of Neurogenic Communication Disorders that result from stroke, Voice disorders, and Motor Speech Disorders in Adults and Children, such as Dysarthria and Apraxia as a result of progressive and non-progressive neurological disease.
Dr. Galgano has also been a consulting Senior Speech Language Pathologist at Bank Street School for Children and The Spence School in Manhattan for over 15 years, where she provides speech and language services to preschool and school-aged children with a variety of speech, language, fluency, voice, and literacy needs. During this period of time, she has provided graduate and post-graduate supervision at private schools throughout Manhattan. She has also consistently demonstrated her commitment to implementing, facilitating, and supporting a collaborative approach that includes parents, faculty members, staff educators, and allied health professionals in every aspect of a child’s treatment program.
Dr. Galgano has also presented research at the annual American Speech Language and Hearing Association, National Voice Symposium, American Laryngological Association, and Organization of Human Brain Mapping conferences. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health for her research and has published several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in the areas of neurologically based communication disorders in adults, the neural underpinnings of speech and voice production using EEG and fMRI, neuroplasticity following thyroplasty using fMRI, and professional voice use.
In addition to research, teaching, and clinical work, Dr. Galgano is also a political advocate. She has visited the child of New York Senators Schumer and Gillibrand in Washington DC on behalf of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
Dr. Galgano founded Open Lines on the principle that an integrated approach to therapy is the ideal way to treat speech and language disorders. Her clinical practice extends beyond treatment; Open Lines is consistently engaged in research, education and political advocacy. Open Lines is committed to making an impact that reaches beyond the clinical environment, providing treatment for clients and support for their caretakers. Dr. Galgano maintains a collaborative environment at Open Lines, reviewing cases with all therapists so every Open Lines client gets a “virtual board” of Speech Language Pathology experts.