Jennifer Casteix, MS, CCC-SLP

Associate Clinical Professor


  • SLHS 503 Clinical Methods and Intervention (SLPA)
  • SLHS 504 Professional Issues and Ethical Considerations (SLPA)
  • SLHS 499/599 Independent Study
  • SLHS 458/558/658 Clinical Studies: Speech-Language Pathology
  • SLHS 597 Workshop - Pediatric Dysphagia
  • SLHS 597 Workshop - Autism Spectrum Disorders


Jennifer joined SLHS in January, 2009. She received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, and her graduate degree from the UA. Jennifer worked at Tucson Medical Center for 20 years, where she developed a variety of pediatric-based inpatient and outpatient programs and mentored graduate students from universities across the west. For 5 years, Jennifer was the pediatric speech-pathologist for The University of Arizona Medical Center’s Diamond Children’s PICU, NICU, and acute care settings, where she instructed and mentored graduate students in speech pathology, was a member of the interprofessional Developmental Long Term Care and Pediatric Trach steering committees, and led the interprofessional NICU Feeding Task Force.

Jennifer has a strong interest in working with children who are medically fragile and complex, as well as working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders and autism. Jennifer has presented nationally and internationally on feeding and swallowing disorders in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Jennifer currently provides instruction and mentoring to graduate students in our on-campus clinic, and mentoring to undergraduate members of NSSLHA.

Jennifer is on the faculty of ArizonaLEND Maternal and Child Health Training Program. She is a member of the executive committee for Science City with the Tucson Festival of Books, which the UA honored with the 2017 Team Award for Excellence. Other collaborations include the award-winning Chemistry Can be Fun, a part of the STEAM camps developed by Jennifer and Terry Matsunaga to provide opportunities for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder to explore lab style learning in a university setting. The Autism Society Southern Arizona recognized Jennifer and Terry in 2017.

Jennifer is a past president and current government relations chair of the Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She was recently honored by the association for her service to the professions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jennifer is very active in the state. She is a member of the Board of Hostesses of the Silver and Turquoise Ball. Jennifer is a past president of the Junior League of Tucson, Inc., chaired the sponsorship committee for the Tucson Festival of Books, and served on the boards of Arizona Public Media and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. She is the recipient of  the Dynamic Duo Award from Compass Health Care and the Ann-Eve Johnson Sustainer of the Year Award from the Junior League of Tucson, Inc.