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COMD advances field with 20 presentations at the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention

December 11, 2017 | Erin Bluvas, bluvase@sc.edu 

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association brought together scholars in the field of communication sciences and disorders (COMD) for their 2017 convention held in Los Angeles last month. The Arnold School’s COMD department maintained its significant presence with 20 presentations on topics such as literacy, hearing loss and aphasia by students and faculty.

As one of the largest national events for exchanging scholarship and providing professional education for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists, the ASHA convention attracts more than 15,000 attendees annually. The first ASHA convention was held in 1936, and its important role within the field of COMD has only grown since then.

“This convention attracts researchers and practitioners from around the world. Scientists from top-tier national and international universities attend to present new research findings,” says Arnold School COMD chair Kenn Apel. “COMD was proud to have so many of its strong faculty and students sharing their own new research findings with research and clinical scientists from around the globe. Our extensive presence demonstrated the strong commitment our department has to research.”

This international convention is known for bringing both researchers and clinicians together to learn about new research findings as well as how those findings can be translated into clinical practice. COMD was a significant contributor to those discussions of research findings and clinical translation. The large number of faculty and students who presented is a testament of the department’s commitment to research and developing the next generation of clinical scientists.

During this time period, COMD faculty members also presented at other scientific societies’ conferences. These events include the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language 2017, Aging and Speech Communication: An International and Interdisciplinary Research Conference, and the Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

Recent Conference Presentations by the Arnold School’s COMD Department

Adlof, S.M., Hogan, T.P., & Wolter, J. (2017, November). Toward the Understanding and Improvement of Word Learning in Children with Reading and Language Impairment. Oral presentation. American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Los Angeles, California.

Adlof, S.M, Scoggins, J. Kapelner, A., McKeown, M., Petscher, Y., & Perfetti, C. (2017, November). Web Based Vocabulary Instruction: A Randomized Control Trial of DictionarySquared with High School Students. Poster presentation. American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Los Angeles, California.

Apel, K., Henbest, V.S., & Reed, P.E. (2017, November). The development of orthographic knowledge: Exploring results. Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Los Angeles, California.

Baird, J.F., Gaughan, M.E., Saffer, H.M., Sarzynski, M.A., Herter, T.M., Fritz, S.L., Den Ouden, D.B. & Stewart, J.C. The Effect of Energy-Matched Exercise Intensity on Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor and Motor Learning. (poster) Neuroscience 2017 (47th Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience), Washington, D.C., November 11-15.

Bradford, S.B., Hickok, G., Basilakos, A., Phillip, L., den Ouden, D., & Fridriksson, J. (2017, November). Neuroanatomical Correlates of Speech and Melody Repetition in Chronic Stroke. Poster at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference.

Den Ouden, D.B., Basilakos, A., Bonilha, L., Gleichgerrcht, E., Malyutina, S., Rorden, C. & Fridriksson, J., Agrammatic performance in aphasia: A ventral-stream problem? (poster) Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language 2017, Baltimore, MD, November 8-10.

Den Ouden, D.-B., Basilakos, A., Bonilha, L., Malyutina, S., Rorden, C., & Fridriksson, J. (2017, November). Agrammatic performance in aphasia: A ventral-stream problem? Ninth Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore, MD.

Fahey, D. & Den Ouden, D.B. Asymmetric Binarity as a Cognitive Universal: The Rhythm of Syntactic Structure. (poster) Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language 2017, Baltimore, MD, November 8-10.

Fitton, L., McIlraith, A., Hooker, J., Wood, C., & Adlof, S.M. (2017, November). Adapting to the modeling revolution: A guide to SEM and HLM. Oral presentation (discussant). American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Los Angeles, California.

Feenaughty, L., Fridriksson, J., Basilakos, A., & Bonilha, L. (2017, November). Speech & Pause Characteristics in Spontaneous Speech & During Speech Entrainment Following Stroke. Platform session at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference.

Gleichgerrcht, E., Delgaizo, J., Fridriksson, J., Den Ouden, D.B., Basilakos, A., Rorden, C. & Bonilha, L. Lesion mapping of syntactic and lexical features derived from Natural Language Processing of narrative speech elicited by patients with chronic post-stroke aphasia. (poster) Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language 2017, Baltimore, MD, November 8-10.

Henbest, V.S. (2017, November). Is a spelling error analysis a valid measure of children’s linguistic awareness skills? Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Los Angeles, CA.

Metze, E., & Werfel, K. L. (2017, November). Development of rhyme and initial sound matching in preschool children with hearing loss. Poster presented at Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Los Angeles, CA.

Miller, R., Shafiro, V., Smith, K., Fogerty, D. (2017). Recognition of text and speech interrupted at variable rates by younger and older adults. Paper presented to the Aging and Speech Communication: An International and Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Tampa, FL.

Mills, K. T., McCarthy-Maeder, J., Reilly, K., Faulkner, K., Werfel, K. L., Miller, R., & Hedrick, M. (2017, November). Effects of spectral degradation and exposure on word learning in school-aged children. Poster presented at Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Los Angeles, CA.

Smith, P., Miller, J., Passe, M., Reisfeld, N, Serianni, R., & Varnedoe, D. Externship Challenges: From the Site’s Perspective. Poster presented at the American Speech, Language & Hearing Association Convention; November 9-11, 2017; Los Angeles, California.

Stark, BC; Yourganov, G; Basilakos, A; Rorden, C; Bonilha, L; and Fridriksson, J. Behavior stability and reliability of fMRI activation in stroke aphasia. Ninth Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore, MD.

Webster, K.B., Ficek, B., Pietrowski, J., Galkina, E.G., Basilakos, A., den Ouden, D., & Tsapkini, K. (2017, November). Determining Efficacy of a Treatment Strategy in Patients with Non-fluent Variant of Primary Progressive Aphasia. Poster at the Academy of Aphasia Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Webster, K., Ficek, B., Pietrowski, J., Galkina, E., Basilakos, A., Den Ouden, D.B. & Tsapkini, K., Determining efficacy of a treatment strategy in patients with non-fluent variant of primary progressive aphasia and apraxia of speech. (poster) 55th  Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, Baltimore, MD., November 5-7.

Werfel, K. L. (2017, November). Early language and literacy acquisition in children with hearing loss. Invited presentation at Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Los Angeles, CA.