Marissa Barrera, Ph.D., MSCS, CCC-SLP

Marissa Barrera, Ph.D., MSCS, CCC-SLP
Adjunct Professor, Online Program - Speech Language Pathology
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Dr. Marissa A. Barrera is the owner of New York Neurogenic Speech-Language Pathology, P.C., in New York City. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist (NY/NJ) & Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist (MSCS) with extensive training in the evaluation & treatment of individuals with neurological condition. She is a recognized expert on the use of modalities (NMES, sEMG, neuromuscular taping, ultrasound) for speech and swallowing rehabilitation and provides clinical training courses globally. As a researcher and author, Dr. Barrera has lectured in over 15 countries on a wide array of clinical topics ranging from dysphagia, NMES, motor speech disorders, cognition and neurogenerative diseases. She has several peer reviewed publications and over 80 research abstracts. She has been featured in Women’s Health, Vice Magazine, ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathology, MTV’s Funny or Die, and CBS News.

Dr. Barrera currently sits of the Clinical Advisory Council for the NYC chapter of the National MS Society and the Clinical Advisory Board for the MSF. In 2010, she was the recipient of the MS Rehabilitation Fellowship and since 2012, Dr. Barrera has served as distinguished faculty for the Consortium of MS Centers. In 2019, Dr. Barrera was awarded the Healthcare Professional Champion award from the National MS Society and in 2020, she was named the Outreach Media Champion by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).


Academic Interests and Research:

Dr. Barrera enjoys research on the topics of the aging swallowing mechanism and the use of modalities for dysphagia and motor speech rehabilitation. Clinically, Dr. Barrera primarily works with individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, however, actively treats patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Aphasia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia, Primary Progressive Aphasia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Spinal Cord Injury, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Huntington’s Disease, Myasthenia Gravis, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. She frequently serves as an expert medical witness and performs IME evaluations throughout the US. Dr. Barrera is passionate about distance education and mentoring graduate clinicians.


  • PhD, CUNY Graduate Center, NY, NY
  • MPhil, CUNY Graduate Center, NY, NY
  • MS, Columbia University, NY, NY
  • BS, Marymount Manhattan College, NY, NY

Curriculum Vitae 

Teaching Responsibilities:

CSD 5311 Aphasiology


Favorite Scripture:

John 14:27

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."