Alliete Rodriguez Alfano


Miami, Florida


Dr. Alfano is a bilingual speech-language pathologist with over 21 years of clinical experience. In addition to attending both children and adults at The Alfano Center, she is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Florida International University.

Dr. Alliete Alfano, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
A Miami native, born to Cuban parents, Dr. Alfano earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Florida State University and her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Miami. She has worked in a variety of settings that include a pediatric hospital, private practice, and the Miami-Dade County Public School System. Her research foci include culture and communication issues in Hispanic-Deaf families, the speech and language development of bilingual children with cochlear implants, and test development and adaptation in Spanish for children with hearing loss. Read Dr. Alfano’s doctoral thesis, “Culture and Communication: Implications for Hispanic Mothers with Deaf Children,” online (PDF). She is also a mentor for professionals interested in becoming certified LSL Specialists and mentors professionals in several different continents.
Dr. Alfano has presented her work at the local, state, national, and international levels. Presentation topics include “Speech Production in Bilingual Children with Hearing Loss”, “Development of the CASP-S”, “Introductorio a la Terapia Auditivo Verbal”, “Deafness: A Multicultural Case Study”, “Assessment and Treatment Options for Bilinguals”, “Naming and Speech Production in a Bilingual Child Pre- and Post-Cochlear Implantation”, and “Cleft Palate, Apraxia, and Sign Language: a Trilingual Case Study”. She has held several professional positions including: Vice President for Governmental Education for the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists (FLASHA), Vice President for Continuing Education for the Miami Association for Communication Specialists (MACS); Steering Committee member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Special Interest Division 14-Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations; and Chair, Committee for Membership Development for Special Interest Division 14. She is also a field examiner for Pearson, Janelle Publications, Western Psychological Services, Super Duper Publications, The Psychological Corporation, Pro-ed, and Academic Therapy Publications.