Professor Zraick Appointed to Stroke Awareness Foundation Board
Department Chair and Professor Richard Zraick has been named as an executive board member of the Scott Coopersmith Stroke Awareness Foundation. He is one of 12 members of the board. Read Zraick’s biography on the SCSAF website.
A First-Place Winner!
Congratulations to master’s degree student Aleksandra Krawczyk, who won first place for her oral presentation about her thesis research at UCF’s Graduate Research Forum April 3. Her presentation was titled “Cross-linguistic Findings of Stuttering and Typical Dysfluencies in Polish-English Bilinguals Who Stutter.” Click here to read her abstract.
Aphasia House Founder Shares Her “Aha!” Moments
Janet Whiteside, founder and former director of Aphasia House at UCF, shares her “Aha!” moments about aphasia care in a new podcast produced by AphasiaAcess. In the 1970s, Whiteside observed that many skilled nursing facilities and institutions were not designed to facilitate personal communication. Moments like this led her to found Aphasia House for individuals with aphasia to regain their communication skills through personalized therapy. Hear the podcast
Behavior Assessment Battery – Adults
Professor Martine Vanryckeghem is co-author of the new online Behavior Assessment Battery for Adults Who Stutter, a set of evidence-based, self-report test procedures for speech-language pathologists and other professionals who are assisting adults who stutter.
Professor Kent-Walsh Selected for LEP Training, Inaugural UCF Award
Jennifer Kent-Walsh, professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder, is one of three COHPA faculty members to be chosen for the inaugural UCF Luminary Award, designed to shine a light on exceptional faculty whose research is advancing their discipline and has been recognized both nationally and internationally over the past 3 years. Kent-Walsh also was selected to participate in the Leadership Empowerment Program for the 2017-2018 academic year. LEP provides opportunities for selected faculty and staff to gain career-enhancing skills and experiences in today’s changing educational environment.
COHPA Faculty Selected For Inaugural UCF Award
Three faculty members will be recognized Oct. 18 with the inaugural UCF Luminary award, designed to shine a light on exceptional faculty whose work is advancing their discipline and making a difference. This year’s recipients are Naim Kapucu, professor and director of the School of Public Administration; Jennifer Kent-Walsh, professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder; and Jennifer Tucker, lecturer in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
Speech and Hearing Services in Hong Kong
Professor Barbara Ehren and Clinical Instructor Tom Ehren traveled to Hong Kong this month to work with leaders of its Speech and Hearing Services Section (photo). The section launched a partnership with Barbara Ehren 10 years ago to improve speech-language pathology services in Hong Kong schools. “Now they have many SLPs in secondary schools,” she said. “What a joy it is to work with them and see them progress so substantially. They are serious about offering state-of-the-art speech-language services to children and adolescents.”
Kenyatta Rivers appointed editor of ECHO
Associate Professor Kenyatta Rivers has been appointed editor of ECHO: The Journal of the National Black Association of Speech-Language and Hearing by the journal’s Board of Directors. The journal is an international, peer-reviewed, professional e-journal whose focus is on communication and communication disorders within and among the social, cultural and linguistically diverse populations, with an emphasis on those populations who are underserved.
Debra Knox apointed clinical educator and coordinator
Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Debra Knox, clinical educator and coordinator of the Board of Clinical Educators for the Communication Disorders Clinic, as a member of the Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Knox will serve on the 17-member council for four years, contributing her expertise in cochlear implants, hearing aids, hearing disorders and language disorders to assist the nearly 3 million Floridians affected by hearing loss.
Kevin Chambers – 2016 Chapter Leader of the Year Award
Congratulations to Kevin Chambers on his receipt of the 2016 Chapter Leader of the Year Award from the National Stuttering Association! Chambers is co-advisor of the NSA’s Orlando Chapter with Professor Martine Vanryckeghem.