Welcome to the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Department website.
This past year was another very exciting and productive year for our department. Collectively and individually, we all have accomplished a great deal! This academic year marks my 28th year as a faculty member in the department and my last year as Chair of the department. I will work diligently with incoming leadership for a smooth transition over the next year!
During 2018-19 additional faculty members in our graduate program were trained in digital pedagogy, which allows for greater flexibility in teaching and learning. In addition, many instructors infused the use of Simucase into their classes to enhance teaching and learning and to also allow students to gain clinical hours at the graduate level. This additional instruction is also being piloted at the undergraduate level with great success.
We continue to have excellent opportunities in our internship clinical programs including several of our summer programs, "Ready, Set, Read", where our students worked with children in developing language and literacy, and the "ITAP" program, an intensive treatment program for adults with aphasia where graduate students work with adult clients to increase overall communication abilities and life participation. Students also serve on interdisciplinary assessment and treatment teams working with the audiology and psychology departments.
Our graduate students also participated in a simulation lab with the nursing students at Notre Dame of Maryland University in the spring semester. This comprehensive simulation was a collaboration of two institutions and two professions. Students were exposed to the acute care/medical venue, learned the skills necessary for deep tracheal suctioning (performed on high-fidelity mannikins) as well as performed clinical swallowing evaluations on standardized patients. We continue to expand the interdisciplinary education opportunities for our graduate students and look forward to our next collaboration with Notre Dame, this fall, as we develop a new lab experience focused on improving communication with a diverse patient population.
Our faculty continue to do awesome things both in and outside of the classroom! Many of our faculty members presented at the annual ASHA convention in Boston and many will be presenting at the convention in Orlando this year where we hope to see many of our alums! Please stop by and see us! See more of our faculty members’ accomplishments in News and Highlights.
Related to grants, our department has had an outstanding year in competing for and receiving internal and external funding to support scholarship in many areas. These include:
- Dr. Lena Caesar received a two-year research grant from ASHA in support of her research project, "The Ecological Validity of Narrative Sample Analysis for Diagnosing Language Disorders in Guyanese Children." Dr. Caesar made several trips to Guyana to collect data and we look forward to seeing the outcomes from this important work.
- Dr. Lisa Schoenbrodt (along with Dr. Leah Saal from the Education Department) received a grant from the Maryland Department of Disabilities titled "Learning to Lead" with the purpose of training Law Enforcement to communicate and engage with individuals with IDD/DD that was awarded again this year.They were also featured on local and national television and radio shows.
- Dr. Tepanta Fossett was awarded an Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award from ASHA. With this award, Dr. Fossett will conduct research on her project titled “Test-retest reliability and concurrent validity of the multiple-choice version of the Story Retell Procedure.”
- Dr. Donna Pitts and Dr. Kathy Siren (with Dr. Jen Lowry in Psychology) received a Cigna Grant of $39,007 for interprofessional investigation with Psychology through the LCC and nursing at Notre Dame to investigate improvements in overall wellness (mental and physical) post-treatment for sensorineural hearing loss.
- Donna Pitts and Dr. Kathleen Ward received a Cigna Grant of $15,000 for the project “A Pilot Exploration of Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Interventions for Low-Income Urban Seniors and Their Impact on Health Determinants”
- In addition, four faculty members were awarded Summer Research Grant through Loyola:
- Theresa Alexander, Andrea Atticks, Janet Preis; IPE Simulation: Enhancing collaboration between nursing and speech-language pathology students for improved quality of patient care.
- Kathy Siren; Using ultrasound imaging to expedite speech therapy for /s/ misarticulations
- Sally Gallena; Does Choral Singing Improve Aspects of Speech and Voice for Persons with Aphasia?
- Lisa Schoenbrodt; Training Law Enforcement to Interact with Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
We continue to work diligently in all areas including teaching and scholarship, to be sure our students always have the most current and relevant information related to our field. Our site visit for re-accreditation is in November, just ahead of the ASHA convention! We are excited to showcase all we have done and continue to do!
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Lisa Schoenbrodt, Ed.D. CCC-SLP
Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences