New Faculty Members

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences and the UB Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic welcomes new clinical faculty members, Laura Roberts in Spring 2021 and Molly Holcombe in Fall 2021 as well as Gabrielle Marek in Fall 2021 as administrative support. Below is a brief introduction of each.

Laura Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences. She received an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from SUNY Fredonia in 2001. As a clinician, she has practiced in a variety of medical settings, including Erie County Medical Center and Catholic Health Buffalo. She has served as an instructor and clinical supervisor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at SUNY Buffalo State College from 2007—2016. From 2014-2019, she held Board Certified Specialty in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and was an active mentor to board certification applicants. Laura has developed and presented two continuing education courses through Dynamic Therapeutic Resources and Northern Speech Services, as well as engaged in a variety of local community and professional presentations. More recently, she had the opportunity to practice and develop language-literacy programming in a Buffalo city charter school and continues to advocate for educational and language-literacy legislation at the state level. Laura has earned two ASHA Awards for Continuing Education (ACE) in 2013 and 2021. She is a certified SPEAK OUT!® provider and a McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program (MDTP) Certified Provider. At the University at Buffalo Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic she specializes in adult neurogenic communication, swallowing disorders, and supervises the department’s SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® programs for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. For more information on Laura Roberts please visit her website;

Molly Holcombe, M.A., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and Speech & Hearing Science from the University at Buffalo and completed her Master’s degree in Hearing & Speech Science from the University of Maryland. Molly completed her clinical fellowship in Speech-Language Pathology at the Washington DC VA Medical Center, where she provided SLP services to veterans recovering from stroke, TBI, neurologic conditions, and head & neck cancer. Prior to joining the faculty at the University at Buffalo, Molly was working as a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital as well as the National Center for Children’s Rehabilitation (partnered through Children’s National Medical Center) in Washington, D.C. Her clinical interests include aphasia, traumatic brain injury, dysphagia, group treatment for adults with communication disorders, and student mentorship. Molly will be providing supervision to graduate students completing their clinical practicum in Speech-Language Pathology at the UB Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic. For more information on Molly Holcombe please visit her website:

Gabrielle Marek, joins the UB Speech-Language & Hearing Clinic team as Clinic Administrative Staff as an Office Assistant. Please welcome her when you visit the UBSLHC. She will likely be one of the first faces you meet! For her contact please visit;