Kristen Nahrstedt, Director of Clinical Education shares with us…

kristenKristen Nahrstedt
Director of Clinical Education, Speech Language Pathology

What classes are you teaching or researching? 
Bilingual and Bicultural practice issues in SLP SLP 602, Professional Issues Seminar classes SLP 651, 652, 653, and Diagnostics in SLP SLP 450

Tell us about your background?
I am a native southern California. I live in Scripps Ranch with my husband and son (14) and daughter (10). 

How long have you worked at CSUSM?
6 years 

What brought you to CSUSM?
A colleague asked me to interview for a position as a summer supervision at the CSUSM adult speech-language clinic 

What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Getting placements for the graduate students out in the community 

What is the greatest reward of your job?
Having the students tell me that they loved their clinical experiences/placements out in the community 

What would people be surprised to know about you? 
I lived in Costa Rica for 1/2 year when I was 19 years old.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Traveling, running, spending time with family and friends 

What’s the best part about working at CSUSM?
My colleagues 

What is your short-term goal?
Finishing my 
Doctor of Clinical Science (ClinScD) in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program by August 2019

What is your long-term goal?

What is your favorite movie, food, book, hobbies?
Currently, I am too busy with work, school, and kids’ schedules to do much in the way of hobbies but I try to read and garden when I have some downtime.

What would you like to do when you retire?