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SLHS undergraduates present at Frontiers

Congratulations to SLHS undergraduates for their excellent performance at the annual Frontier in Undergraduate Research symposium (sponsored by the UConn Office for Undergraduate Research). We commend them for their engagement in laboratory research and for putting together such top-notch presentations!

The student presenters were John Gerrity, Jr., Emily Thompson, Lisa Brody, Katlyn Salvador, Nicole Mui, Torri Ann Woodruff, and Sarah Camera. The faculty advisors for these students are Dr. Erika Skoe, Dr. Kathy Cienkowski, Dr. Rachel M. Theodore, and Dr. Marie Coppola (LING/PSYC).


Language for All a cappella fundraiser

Language for All, a UConn student organization for promoting education and advocacy for underrepresented language groups, will be presenting A Cappella for All. This concert will feature three very talented groups including the Conn-Men, A Minor, and Rolling Tones.

The concern is Friday, April 10 at 6:30 PM and will be held at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church (42 North Eagleville Road) in Storrs, CT. A $2 entrance fee will be collected. All proceeds will be given to the 2016 scholarship fund for deaf children in Nicaragua to attend the Nicaraguan Sign Language Boarding School.

Language for All is advised by Dr. Marie Coppola (PSYC/LING) and Dr. Rachel M. Theodore (SLHS).

M.A. defense: Minal A. Kadam

minal_websiteMinal Kadam successfully defended her M.A. thesis today. The title of her thesis is “Gradient effects of reading ability on native and non-native talker identification.” She conducted her thesis in theUConn SLaP Lab under the direction of Dr. Rachel M. Theodore. Congratulations!

Dr. Emily Myers receives AAUP Excellence in Research award

Congratulations to Dr. Emily Myers, Assistant Professor in SLHS and PSYC, who has been selected to receive the 2015 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Excellence in Research and Creativity: Early Career award. This is a very prestigious award and we are delighted that Dr. Myers has been recognized in this way. Congratulations!

M.A. defense: Kelly A. Casey

casey_websiteKelly Casey successfully defended her M.A. thesis today. The title of her thesis is “Effects of auditory and visual variability on word learning in children: A pilot study.” She conducted her thesis in the UConn SLaP Lab under the direction of Dr. Rachel M. Theodore. Congratulations!

Nick Monto becomes IGERT Associate

monto_website1Congratulations to Nick Monto, who has just been accepted as an IGERT Associate!  The Language Plasticity IGERT at UConn is an interdisciplinary training program funded by the NSF designed to foster research and graduate training across cognitive (linguistics, psychology, communication disorders) and biological (behavioral and molecular neuroscience and genetics) approaches to language research. Nick is Ph.D. student in the UConn SLaP Lab, directed by Dr. Rachel M. Theodore.

Julia Drouin to attend fMRI training course

drouin_website-150x150Congratulations to Julia Drouin, SLHS Ph.D. student, who has been accepted to the NIH-funded “Training Course in fMRI” at the University of Michigan. This 2-week intensive training will be very influential in advancing Julia’s research expertise. Ms. Drouin is a 1st-year Ph.D. student in the SLaP Lab (Dr. Rachel M. Theodore, PI). Well done!

NSSLHA to participate in BIAC Walk for Thought

UConn’s chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is sponsoring a team for the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC) Walk for Thought, Sunday October 26th at Rentschler Field.  If interested in joining NSSLHA’s team, contact president Emily Thompson at  If you would rather make a donation, donations are accepted at our UConn team fundraising page for this year’s Walk for Thought event:

Emily Thompson and Dr. Theodore receive ASHA award

Congratulations to SLHS undergraduate, Emily Thompson and SLHS Assistant Professor, Dr. Rachel M. Theodore who are recipients of the 2014-2015 ASHA Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers award!  This is a mentored award to support students who are pursuing careers in academia that integrate research and clinical practice.  Ms. Thompson’s research component will examine the effects of reading ability on perceptual learning in adults, and her teaching component will be to assist Dr. Theodore in preparing fMRI and EEG tutorials for a new interdisciplinary course on communication disorders.