A Seamless Transition: Alumni Spotlight Series

The Alumni Spotlight Series introduces you to Emerson grads who are following their passions, changing the world, and making waves in their industries. Want to be featured? Email us! 


Liza Catallozzi

Communication Disorders (MS) 2007

I am a hospital-based, pediatric speech-language pathologist.

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program and Emerson College is outstanding. I felt confident in my training and so appreciative of the wisdom and care that my teachers provided me. I now consider my teachers to be mentors worthy of my highest regards.


Describe your career path since graduation. 

Upon graduation, I completed my Clinical Fellowship year in speech-language pathology at a pediatric hospital. I earned my certification in speech-language pathology and then worked in a school district. I returned to hospital-based work soon after as it is my preferred area in this field. I am currently employed as a speech-language pathologist at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Why did you choose to attend Emerson College? 

I chose Emerson for the fabulous location in Boston and the school’s excellent reputation. Foremost, however, was the overwhelmingly positive and warm interactions with various faculty and college staff during the application and admissions process.

Tell us more about your Emerson experience. 

My Emerson experience has left an indelible impression in my life and career. Classes were taught by master clinicians and highly accomplished researchers and leaders in our field of communication sciences and disorders (CSD). My academic classes were challenging. Clinical experiences were vast, including many valuable internship opportunities. Of course, school demands were very difficult at times, but with that came great friendships as we bonded over our journey in the CSD program.

Describe Emerson in 3 words. 

Innovative, unique, accepting.

Describe a memorable experience with Emerson’s faculty.

There are too many wonderful moments to relate. Truly, the faculty were the absolute best. I always felt supported throughout my time at Emerson.

Tell us about a memorable project or internship that you worked on as a student. 

I had an internship at Boston Children’s Hospital as a student and fell in love with the possibility of working in a hospital in this field. I am now employed at Boston Children’s Hospital!

How did Emerson help you get to where you are today?

The amount of training and experiences that my teachers at Emerson provided me made the transition from school to work nearly seamless. I had been used to an intensive schedule of classes and internships and that pace served well when adjusting to a full work load. In our program, I was taught how to incorporate current research in my daily practice. I also learned how to seek out information when I am presented with a less familiar aspect of my profession. To that end, I have often called upon the expertise of my Emerson friends as colleagues to ask questions and/or make referrals.