Boorom Successfully Defends MS Dissertation

Boorom Successfully Defends MS Dissertation

On Friday, April 13, 2018, Olivia Boorom successfully defended her MS dissertation titled "The Influence of Language Phenotype on Predictors of Emergent Literacy in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders". Boorom's dissertation committee members included: Dr. Kevin O'Brien, Dr. Balaji Rangarathnam, Dr. Christy Walcott, and Dr. Marianna Walker (Committee Chair).

Dr. Jamie Perry’s Cleft Team

ACPA's 75th Annual Meeting Includes Strong Presence From Dr. Jamie Perry's Cleft Team

The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is hosting its 75th Annual Meeting this week in Pittsburgh, PA. Our CSDI Cleft Palate Speech Imaging and Visualization Lab, led by Dr. Jamie Perry along with some of the program's former students are responsible for 9 of the 300 academic research papers being presented during the conference. We are proud of the excellent research being conducted in her lab and the opportunity to share it with others in the field to advance the understanding of cleft palate speech!

Pictured from left to right: Eshan Pua (MS graduate), Kazlin Mason (PhD graduate), Graham Schenck (PhD graduate), Lakshmi Kollara-Sunil (PhD graduate and Postdoctoral Scholar), Jillian Nyswonger (MS graduate), Dr. Jamie Perry, and Katelyn Kotlarek (current PhD Student).

Sarah Faucette Successfully Defends PhD Dissertation

Sarah Faucette Successfully Defends PhD Dissertation

Dr. Sarah Faucette successfully defended her PhD dissertation "Release From Masking: Behavioral And Electrophysiological Measures In Young And Older Listeners" on Wednesday, March 28th. Faucette's dissertation committee included: Dr. Gregg Givens, Dr. Andrew Stuart (Committee Director), Dr. Paul Vos, and Dr. Ning Zhou.

CSDI Hosts Members of the NC Scottish Rite Foundation

Dr. Jamie Perry and 1st graduate students
Kids’ artwork
Dean Orlikoff and Medication Foundations’ Officer, Jeff McPherson

On Tuesday, March 27th, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders hosted members of the NC Scottish Rite Foundation for a social event. Along with snacks and refreshments, the NC Scottish Rite Foundation members received a tour of the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, talked with faculty members and representatives of the College of Allied Health Sciences, and heard from students about the impact the Foundation's support has had on their education. With the support of the NC Scottish Rite Foundation, ECU's Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic is able to offer the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program. The Program specializes in providing low-cost diagnostic evaluations and therapeutic interventions to children and adolescents who are suspected of having or who have been diagnosed as having a language-based learning disability.

Julie Warren, a first-year Master's students in the Speech-Language Pathology program, delivered remarks at the event and highlighted the impact the Foundation's support has had on her education. "The clinical practicum experiences we gain from the programs supported by the Scottish Rite give us the opportunities to learn how to manage and conduct group therapy, as well as provide comprehensive speech and language assessments," said Warren. "These experiences equip us with many skills that we can take forward into our careers, especially in the school setting."

In addition to benefitting both the graduate students in the form of hands-on experience and parents and children with diagnoses and interventions, the NC Scottish Rite Foundation is an integral part of the Department's strategic growth plans. This important role was highlighted by Department Chair, Dr. Jamie Perry. "One of the core components of our growth plan is a continued focus on excellence in serving the public," said Perry. "With the Foundation's continued support, we are confident that we will be to continue and expand our commitment to serving the local community."

The NC Scottish Rite Foundation has supported childhood language disorders clinics since 1972. More broadly, over the last 25 years Scottish Rite Masons have opened 170 Scottish Rite Centers across their southern jurisdiction all with the goal of helping children improve their speech and language abilities.

Sherri Winslow Receives NCSHLA State Clinical Achievement Award

Sherri Winslow Receives NCSHLA State Clinical Achievement Award

Sherri Winslow was presented with the NCSHLA State Clinical Achievement Award on Thursday, March 8th at the 2018 Annual Convention in Raleigh, NC. This award recognizes contributions to the advancement of clinical practice in speech-language pathology and/or audiology. Because she received this award, she also becomes a nominee for the ASHA Foundation Louis DiCarlo Award, which will be presented at the upcoming ASHA Convention scheduled for November in Boston, Massachusetts.


The ECU NSSLHA chapter was well represented at ECU Student Involvement Fair in February! Great job sharing about our organization and profession with other students and members of the university! (Shown: Haven Harris, Shana Mccusker, and Haley Sellers).

Fall 2017 Highlights

47th Annual Meta M. Downes Speech-Language and Hearing Symposium

The 47th Annual Meta M. Downes Speech-Language and Hearing Symposium was held on October 27, 2017 at the East Carolina Heart Institute. This event was sponsored by the CSDI department along with the ECU chapter of the NSSLHA and Eastern AHEC Dept of Nursing and Allied Health Education. The speakers for this event included Dr. Carol Flexer, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Audiology at the University of Akron and Dr. Amy Laurent, Coauthor, The SCERTS Model and adjunct faculty at the University of Rhode Island. This event continues to grow and honor the legacy of Dr. Meta Downes.

PhD Defense

Kazlin Mason

PhD student, Kazlin Mason successfully defended her dissertation, The Effects of Gravity and Scar Contracture on Post-Surgical Tissue Changes and Speech Outcomes Following Pharyngoplasties on November 29, 2017.

The Aphasia Group Holiday Concert

The Aphasia Group Holiday Concert

Led by Mrs. Sherri Winslow and her Aphasia group, the CAHS was delighted by a myriad of Christmas favorites and sweet treats on December 1, 2017.

CSDI Summer Camps

Pirates A'Hoy

On Saturday, July 15, 2017 the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in collaboration with The CARE Project, held a one-day camp for families who have children with hearing loss. Our theme this year was 'Pirates A'Hoy!'. This is the third year that the department has facilitated the camp. The mission of the pediatric aural rehabilitation camp is provide a unique one day-camp experience for children with hearing loss and their families. The purpose has three components: 1) to provide language based experiences at the level of each child through natural play and activities; 2) to provide an educational experience for the parents/caregivers of these children; and, 3) to provide hands-on clinical education for graduate student clinicians in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Faculty members Emily Brewer, Allyson Turnage, and Dr. Deborah Culbertson organized and provided supervision the day of the event. Nine speech-language graduate student clinicians and six volunteers helped to facilitate the activities for the children. Four graduate students in audiology provided an informational session to the parents/caregivers during the morning session and Dr. Johnnie Sexton (alumnus) with The CARE Project facilitated the afternoon parent session.

Camp Chameleon

Last week (July 10-July 12), Lori Kincannon hosted Camp Chameleon with the theme "Improving Communication through Art". Please take a look at some of the AWESOME artwork created by campers: Braxton, Ethan, and Henry! Kudos to faculty members Lori Kincannon and Crystal Shearin along with fabulous student volunteers: Evans Caison, Haley Dinice, Mary Ellis, and Kaylee Webb.

Audiology cohort students receive white coats during ceremony

CSDI Honors Audiology Students with White Coat Ceremony

CSDI celebrated their audiology students with a White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, June 17 in the Health Sciences Student Center Grand Room.

Dr. William Eblin, Director of the Audiology Program, began the evening's festivities by welcoming the nine students and their families. Other CSDI faculty attended to show their support including Dr. Jamie Perry, Dr. Deborah Culbertson, Dr. Andrew Stuart, Dr. Andrew Vermiglio, and Dr. Ning Zhou.

Dr. Eblin explained that Audiology's White Coat Ceremony honors the transition from full-time, in-class work to clinical work. The cohort of students will now spend three to four days per week with their clinical placement.

The White Coat Ceremony followed a catered dinner and speech from guest speaker, Dr. Walter Pories, Professor of Surgery, Biochemistry, and Kinesiology at ECU.

Dr. Eblin announced each student who approached Dr. Zhou to receive her coat. Following the ceremony, the students surprised each faculty member with a gift.

Kazlin Mason

ECU Student Awarded The Doctoral Scholar Award from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Disorders and Sciences

Kazlin Mason, a third-year doctoral candidate, was awarded a Doctoral Scholar Award through the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. This award provides funding to facilitate the acquisition of a PhD. While at ECU, Kazlin has served as the manager of the Speech Imaging and Visualization Lab where she develops and mentors student-research projects and manages the laboratory data collection and analyses. She has presented at numerous state and national conferences since joining ECU and has also served in many teaching capacities at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Kazlin's area of research focuses on the anatomical underpinnings for successful surgical and speech outcomes and she is utilizing MRI technology to study surgical approaches used to treat resonance disorders secondary to craniofacial anomalies. Kazlin is committed to advancing research and teaching in the area of cleft palate and craniofacial disorders. Congratulations to Kazlin on winning this significant award.

From May 7-14, Sherri Winslow, Clinical Instructor in CSDI, participated in a service learning opportunity with a supervisor from Marshall University and 8 Marshall students in Montego Bay, Jamaica. They provided speech-language evaluations and therapy to students at the Montego Bay Autism Center and the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf.

Hannah Dorothy

ECU Student Awarded the 2017-2018 Judith Gravel Fellowship in Pediatric Audiology

Ms. Hannah Dorothy, a third-year doctoral student in audiology, was awarded the 2017-2018 Judith Gravel Fellowship in Pediatric Audiology. The Judith Gravel fellowship, awarded by the Hear the World Foundation and the University of North Carolina honors the memory of Dr. Gravel by promoting the highest standards of pediatric audiology education and clinical practice. Ms. Dorothy has engaged in pediatric research and clinical experiences while a student in the AUD program at ECU and those experiences have shaped her desire to work in a hospital setting in the area of pediatric audiology. Additional details about Ms. Dorothy and the award can be found at:

Sarah Faucette

AuD Student Accepts Joint AuD Externship with the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Service and the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR)

Through the collaboration of the East Carolina University Office of State Authorization Compliance, the East Carolina University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Sarah Faucette, an East Carolina University AuD/PhD student, was able to accept a joint AuD externship training program with the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Service and the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) located at the VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, Oregon. Sarah stated this incredible opportunity has "provided me with confidence that my family and I can live and work anywhere, which widens my career options." Without this collaboration, Sarah would not have been able to accept this offer and work with some of the leading researchers in her field and broaden her career possibilities.

CSDI Students and Faculty Showcase Research at National Convention

CSDI Students and faculty showcased over 35 research papers and clinic case studies at the American Speech Language Hearing Association National Convention this past November. Twenty-four CSDI students received travel grants through the department and college to support their travel to present. Congratulations to the students and faculty for their hard work and incredible achievements.

Marianna M. Walker

CSDI Researcher Dr. Walker brings awareness to community through (FOX 50) interview to highlight the CSDI department, Speech Language and Hearing Clinic, and the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders and Dyslexia Program at ECU.

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