PhD Student Joanne Li Wins Student Research Award

Joanne (Jingwen) Li, current PhD student in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at NYU Steinhardt, was recently awarded the Student Research Award for the Conference on Motor Speech for her platform presentation titled “Do individual differences predict learning outcomes in biofeedback training?”.

Joanne’s research focuses on bilingual language development and disorders, speech motor control, and speech prosody. She is currently working on her first qualification project, which is about perception and production of English lexical stress by Cantonese and Mandarin learners of English.

Speech@NYU’s First Campus Immersion Weekend

Group photos of online students holding NYU banner.This fall, 37 students in NYU Steinhardt’s new online MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders program Speech@NYU spent their first weekend on campus to experience the sights and sounds of New York city. The students had the chance to immerse themselves in local clinical settings, mock diagnostic evaluations, and clinical workshops within the department. Practicum I and Practicum II students in this program of study will spend two long weekends on campus cultivating their skill set to meet clinical competencies during their time in the online MS program.

The three-day event began with an orientation breakfast and getting-to-know-you gathering led by Erin Embry, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Online Education, and Christina Reuterskiold, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Ted Magder, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at NYU Steinhardt, also spoke to the students about the important role online learning has in the school’s goals of innovation, impact, and inclusion. This is the first time the online cohort of students were able to meet each other in person and share their experiences about being part of this groundbreaking new program at NYU. That same evening, students, faculty, and staff of the CSD department enjoyed an “Escape the Room” adventure and shared in some food and drink at a local restaurant.

The main reason for the students to be present on campus was to participate in clinical experiences in schools and sites that often work with the CSD department’s on-campus MS program. Immersion sites included: Dream Charter School, Democracy Prep Charter School, Children’s Aid Society, and East Calvary. The locations were arranged in partnership with City Sounds, a pediatric based speech-language pathology center serving the New York metropolitan area. NYU CSD faculty and City Sounds supervisors accompanied the online students as they gained valuable hands-on experiences and observation hours at the various locations.

To round out the weekend, students participated in workshops in which they gained hands-on experience with standardized speech and language assessments, as well as learned to use various tools such as portable audiometers, audiology booths and others that they will encounter in their clinical experiences during the program and as professional clinicians. They also participated in mock diagnostics to evaluate what they had learned in the program thus far.

The department was thrilled to welcome the Speech@NYU students to campus, and look forward to hosting future cohorts each semester.

CSD Spring 2018 Colloquium Series Schedule

Please join the department for our upcoming Spring 2018 Colloquium series.

All talks will take place at 665 Broadway, 9th floor conference room from 1:45pm – 3:15pm.

 

Tuesday,February 6th, 2018
Title: Breaking into language in infancy: Finding structure in patterned input
Presented by Dr. Casey Lew-Williams
Princeton University
Department of Psychology

 

Tuesday March 6th, 2018
Title: Effects of bilingualism on cognitive control and novel word learning
Presented by Vishnu KK Nair
New York University
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

 

Tuesday March 26th, 2018
Title: Cultural and clinical considerations for serving a gender-diverse population
Presented by Adrienne Hancock, PhD
George Washington University
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Tuesday April 10th, 2018
Title: Visualizing speech: Using ultrasound to reveal covert errors in children with speech disorders
Presented by Dr. Joanne Cleland
University of Strathclyde, Scotland
Department of Speech & Language Therapy

Tuesday May 1st, 2018
Title: What can birds and mice tell us about human speech?
Presented by Michael A. Long, PhD
NYU School of Medicine
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Department of Neuroscience and Physiology

Alum Spotlight: Dr. Belinda Daughrity

Dr. Belinda DaughrityWe are delighted to congratulate Dr. Belinda Daughrity on her new position as a tenure track assistant professor in the department of Speech-Language Pathology at California State University, Long Beach.

Dr. Daughrity completed her B.A. in English and Spanish at Spelman College, her M.A. in speech-language pathology and audiology in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at NYU Steinhardt, and her Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Human Development and Psychology at UCLA. Her research interests include social skills and parent involvement in children with autism spectrum disorders, as well as barriers to early access to diagnosis and treatment of autism in communities of color.

We spoke with Dr. Daughrity about her background, her time at NYU, and her advice for students looking to break into the field.

Where are you originally from, and what brought you to NYU? 

I’m originally from Los Angeles, CA.  I chose NYU Steinhardt’s CSD department for my master’s study because I was impressed by the program’s rigor and the diversity of opportunities available for research and practicum opportunities.

How has your experience at NYU Steinhardt prepared you for your current role as Assistant Professor?

My experience at NYU Steinhardt was critical in helping me to prepare for my current role as an Assistant Professor. I learned firsthand how to balance teaching responsibilities and student mentoring with ongoing research work. At NYU, I saw prime examples of the type of role I wanted to play as a professor. I wanted to conduct scholarly research while being an excellent professor to help mentor the next generation of speech-language pathologists. 

What was the focus of your research here at NYU? Which faculty members did you work with? 

I worked with Dr. Reuterskiold and Dr. Sidtis on a research study on how typically developing children learn idioms via incidental learning. It was my first introduction to research. They saw my potential and gave me more responsibility on the project and later included me as an author on the finished poster session at the annual ASHA convention.

What advice would you give to current students that are preparing to enter this profession? 

I would advise students to take time to build relationships with professors outside of class. Get involved in their research, get to know them, and take advantage of unique opportunities.

Becoming Cultural Learners: CSD Bilingual Extension Students Lead Community-Based Service-Learning Project

Most pre-service speech-language pathologists report feeling ill-prepared to make ‘surface-level’ decisions regarding the language to select for instruction/intervention, and, more specifically, selecting the types of linguistic targets on which their instruction should focus when their speech and language therapy involves children and families who speak languages different from English, and who embrace cultural beliefs and values other than the American mainstream. But, when speech-language pathologists become ‘cultural learners,’ they can come to know their students and the families of their students and provide culturally responsive and meaningful lessons that tap those students’ prior (home/cultural) knowledge.

The expansion of a Speech-language pathologist’s cultural knowledge tends to be best accomplished when submerged in the ‘messiness’ of real world contexts. Therefore, providing Speech-Language Pathology students with the opportunity to interact with Latino and Chinese-speaking families through service-learning might be deemed as crucial step in the exploration of deep linguistic and cultural barriers to the implementation of literacy instruction, barriers that would not be readily identified if the students were only exposed to traditional classroom-based pedagogical approaches to learning. After all, the cultural knowledge-base is the scaffold onto which every other aspect of service-delivery is built upon for the speech-language pathologist who will serve emerging bilingual individuals (Brea, 2014).

Under the guidance of Maria Rosa Brea, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor, and the clinical supervision of Alisha Ghandi, students in the Bilingual Extension Program led and participated in a service-learning project, providing parent workshops in two locations in our community: University Settlement and Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.

For this project, students in NYU Steinhardt’s MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders Bilingual Extension Program were responsible for developing lesson plans using evidence-based strategies to use before, during, or after reading, implementing instruction in the families’ two languages, and providing supplemental materials that would allow a connection to the families’ cultural funds of knowledge.

Students collected parent resources and compiled their own descriptive and reflective field notes in preparation for and post the implementation of the intervention. In addition to the students in the Bilingual Extension Program, these parent book-sharing workshops provided an opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral bilingual-biliterate students to volunteer their time as interpreters and as collaborators in the instructional process. A total of 24 families attended the instructional workshops.

Students in the Bilingual Extension Program providing parent instruction on shared book-reading strategies Mandarin Chinese and in Spanish.

 

CSD Faculty and Students win 2017 ASHA Convention Awards

Dr. Molfenter, Dr. Grigos, and Julie Case with their Awards

We are proud to announce that Dr. Sonja Molfenter, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, received the Early Career Contributions in Research Award at the 2017 ASHA convention held this year in Los Angeles.

About the Award
The Award for Early Career Contributions in Research is designed to acknowledge significant scientific accomplishments by individuals beyond the dissertation and within five years of receiving their doctoral degree or other terminal degree. This award may be given to an individual or individuals under contract with an institution of higher education or other institution where research in communication sciences and disorders and sciences is being conducted.

About Dr. Molfenter
Sonja Molfenter has 18 peer-reviewed publications (five as the first author) when she received her Ph.D., and today has 30. In her first year at NYU, Dr. Molfenter received ASHA’s Advancing Academic Research Career funding to collect pilot data on pharyngeal sarcopenia and dysphagia in healthy aging. She received an NYU training grant to study the relationship between oropharyngeal edema and swallowing function. The grant, and participation in ASHA’s Lessons for Success program led to an NIH new-investigator grant to further study pharyngeal atrophy. She also received funding from the Clinical and Translation Science Institute to improve laryngeal function in Parkinson’s disease.

Other awards received by CSD faculty at the ASHA 2017 Conference include:
Associate Professor & Director of the MS Program, Maria Grigos and Doctoral Student, Julie Case: 2016 Editor’s Award for the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research-Speech Section for the article titled “Articulatory Control in Childhood Apraxia of Speech in a Novel Word-Learning Task” (Case & Grigos, 2016)
Many Congratulations go out to Sonja Molfenter, Maria Grigos, and Julie Case on their achievements!

CSD Undergraduate Students Take Capitol Hill!

In October seniors in Steinhardt’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders Samantha Louis, Nicole Candiotti, and Gretchen Go participated in ASHA’s Student Day on the Hill in Washington D.C.  There, they advocated for the speech and hearing sciences in regards to many different issues including the Medicare therapy cap, financial aid for graduate students, and much more.

All students in attendance personally visited the offices of their local district congress representatives, state senators, and representatives to voice their thoughts and concerns. ASHA’s Student Day on the Hill was a wonderful reminder that students, clinicians, and educators should continuously advocate for legislation that will ultimately benefit the field of CSD and the many populations served.

PhD in Communicative Sciences and Disorders Open House on 12/7

Please join us on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 pm for our annual open house to learn more information about the doctoral program. The event will be held in the conference room within the CSD department at 665 Broadway, 9th Floor.

The agenda includes an overview of the program, faculty introductions, and time to discuss your plans and research interests with professors and current students. If you are considering a PhD and are interested in learning more about our program, we strongly encourage you to attend this event.

Please RSVP by sending email to Dr. Adam Buchwald if you plan to attend.