SLHS M.A. Students Compete in Praxis Bowl

Five SLHS M.A. students competed in the Praxis Bowl hosted by The New England Symposium for Speech-Language Professionals.  Students Sadia Afroz, Erin Cooke, Christianna Gilbert, Melody Rojas and Catherine Shefrin competed in the bowl on behalf of the UConn SLHS M.A program – placing second.  Great job!

 

Dr. Rachel M. Theodore receives NIH/NIDCD Early Career Research Award (R21)

Dr. Rachel M. Theodore, director of the SLaP Lab, has received a 3-year grant from the NIH NIDCD to examine phonetic category structure in individuals with and without specific language impairment (LI). LI is a common child learning disorder that can persist into adulthood and puts individuals at risk for other disabilities including learning disability, reading disability, and failure to thrive in academic environments. Her research will use fMRI neuroimaging and behavioral methods to compare phonetic category structure in individuals with and without LI with respect to (1) how phonetic category structure is represented in the brain and (2) how phonetic category structure is dynamically modified as a consequence of exposure to phonetic variation. These findings will result in improved specification of the etiology of LI, which can be used to develop more targeted rehabilitation protocols. The title of the grant is “Determinants of phonetic category structure in language impairment.”

Au.D. Student Olivia Dewald elected to SAA Board of Directors

Second year Au.D. graduate student Olivia Dewald was recently elected was serve on the National Student Academy of Audiology Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large from July 2017 – June 2018. She will be in charge of a national SAA committee as well as regional representative for several SAA chapters in the country.

Congratulations, Olivia!