Communication Sciences and Disorders Professor
“The dedicated faculty here is like family and our graduates are sought after by employers because of the program’s design that fuses theory and practice.” - Dr. Robert Pieretti.
Dr. Robert Pieretti is an associate professor and Interim Associate Dean for Students and Personnel in the College of Health and Human Services. He is also faculty coordinator for the Second Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a degree completion program coordinated by the College of Continuing Education.
Dr. Pieretti has practiced as a language, speech and hearing specialist in the Sacramento City Unified School District and is devoted to literacy development in monolingual and multilingual student populations.
He created the Sacramento State Literacy Connection, in collaboration with his department’s Applied Communication Sciences Lab. In addition to active research, the program provides weekly literacy enhancement for low-income children, whose families participate in programs such as parent education at the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Undergraduate and graduate students also conduct parent training in the area of childhood literacy in both English and Spanish.
Dr. Pieretti is the recipient of a 2018-2019 Outstanding Faculty Award for exemplary community service. His research and clinical interests involve language disorders, language-based reading disorders, and literacy development, and he continues to make presentations at the state and national levels.
Dr. Pieretti earned his master’s degree in speech pathology and a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). His doctorate focused on language and literacy for second-language learners.