How Aging Affects Swallowing: A Q&A with Sonja Molfenter

Sonja Molfenter, assistant professor of communicative sciences and disorders at NYU Steinhardt, received a grant of more than $413,000 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to study dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing. We spoke with her about this common but little-discussed health problem. What causes dysphagia, and how prevalent is it? Dysphagia […]

Peace Corps and NYU Partner on New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Peace Corps and New York University announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers. This partnership marks the largest Fellows program between the Peace Corps and a university, with seven NYU schools and centers, including the Steinhardt School, accepting returned […]

At Autism Symposium, Steinhardt and NYU Polytechnic Faculty Share Research Findings

Faculty members from Steinhardt and NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering discussed how applied research can help enrich the lives of children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at “Beyond the Spectrum:  Equipping Students and Adults in their Daily Lives.”  The event was the second installation of NYU’s three-part symposium, “Autism Spectrum Disorder Research […]

NYU Researchers Use Crowdsourcing to Collect Data on Speech Disorders

Crowdsourcing – where responses to a task are aggregated across a large number of individuals recruited online – can be an effective tool for rating sounds in speech disorders research, according to a study by NYU Steinhardt. “Because large crowdsourced samples can be obtained quickly, easily, and inexpensively, speech researchers could find it beneficial to […]

Cooking Competition is the Ultimate Challenge for Nutrition and Health Students

A spicy Indian soup topped with chickpeas was the winning dish of an Iron Chef-inspired cooking competition held at NYU’s Steinhardt School. But instead of chefs, the competitors were 10 speech-language pathology students and 10 nutrition students who were creating food for patients with dysphagia. Dysphagia was the focus of an interdisciplinary elective course designed […]

Visual Biofeedback Can Help Children Challenged by ‘R’ Sound, Finds Study by Tara McAllister Byun

Using ultrasound technology to visualize the tongue’s shape and movement can help children with difficulty pronouncing “r” sounds, according to a small study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Montclair State University. The ultrasound intervention was effective when individuals were allowed to make different shapes with their tongue in order […]

Sex Differences in Swallowing Function Attributed to Height, Finds Steinhardt Study

Variations in swallowing can be traced back to a person’s height, according to a study by Sonja Molfenter, an assistant professor at NYU Steinhardt.  Molfenter’s findings, reported in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, explain previously reported differences in swallowing function between women and men. Swallowing function is commonly disrupted by conditions including stroke, brain […]

At NYU Steinhardt Connection, Potential Students Get More Than a College Tour

In August, potential students and their families visited Washington Square for NYU Steinhardt Connection. The event was an opportunity for high school juniors, seniors, and transfer students to learn about Steinhardt’s undergraduate programs from faculty and staff. In buildings throughout the NYU campus, high school students met with advisors representing programs in applied psychology, communicative […]