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.
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.
The department congratulates Iris Fishman, MA, CCC-SLP on successfully defending her dissertation. She will earn a Ph.D. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from the Graduate Center, City University of NY in 2018.
Iris directs the clinic at the NYU Steinhardt Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She is a speech-language pathologist who has directed a number of speech-language pathology and assistive technology programs in the NY metropolitan area. Iris is also the author of a book and several articles on AAC, has presented at major national conferences, and guest lectured at a number of universities.
Iris’ thesis is titled Lexical Access in Individuals with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and Severe Speech and Physical Impairment (SSPI). The study examined 16 adolescents and adults with CP/SSPI to determine whether lexical access is independent of severe speech impairment. Through eye tracking, spoken word recognition was examined in phonological competitor and semantic relative conditions. Results indicated that lexical access and organization develop independent of production.
Assistant Professor Tara McAllister is one of the organizers of the event, and Associate Professor and Director of the PhD program Adam Buchwald will serve as one of the keynote speakers. Doctoral student in the department Heather Campbell will also present.
Mispronouncing the “r” sound is among the most common speech errors, and is the most challenging to correct in speech therapy. For other sounds – such as “t” or “p” – speech pathologists can give clear verbal, visual, or tactile cues to help children understand how the sound is created, but “r” is difficult to show or explain. In addition, some children may have trouble hearing the difference between correct and incorrect “r” sounds, making it even more difficult for them to improve.
A growing body of evidence suggests that speech therapy incorporating visual cues — or visual biofeedback — can help. Visual biofeedback shows a someone what their speech looks like in real time. For instance, speech might be represented by dynamic waves on a screen.
Research led by Tara McAllister, assistant professor of communicative sciences and disorders at NYU Steinhardt, and published in May in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, suggests that visual biofeedback can be effective in helping some people to correct the “r” sound.
This spring, Erin Embry, clinical assistant professor and Sonja Molfenter, assistant professor, were both quoted in articles sharing how to cook for a loved one of any age who has dysphagia, a common swallowing disorder. Ms. Embry teaches a class during the January term with Lisa Sasson of Steinhardt’s Nutrition and Food Studies Department bringing together students from both CSD and nutrition to study dysphagia and compete in an “Iron Chef” type competition. Dr. Molfenter, whose research focuses on disordered swallowing, served as a judge at the competition.
Associate Professor Susannah Levi’s recent study on bilingualism in children was published in the journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. The study found that bilingual children are better than their monolingual peers at perceiving information about who is talking, including recognizing voices. The findings suggest yet another advantage of speaking multiple languages beyond the well-known cognitive benefits.
Processing who is talking is an important social component of communication and begins to develop even before birth. In her study, Professor Levi examined how children process information about who is talking, and sought to understand whether differences existed between children speaking one language or multiple languages.
Visit NYU Steinhardt’s At a Glance to read the full story.
We are pleased to announce that a faculty member, doctoral student, and an undergraduate student in the department recently won 2017 NYS Speech-Language-Hearing Association Awards (NYSSLHA) Awards.
The students won based on criteria that include research involvement, academic performance, clinical performance, pre-professional leadership, community involvement, and an essay explaining why they chose a career in speech-language pathology.
The Association’s honors are awarded to members who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the professions of Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, or the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. Congratulations to Dr. Harriet Klein, Mehak Noorani, and Heather Campbell!
Dr. Harriet Klein, Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders: Winner of the NYSSLHA Honors of the Association Award
Mehak Noorani: Winner of theUndergraduate Student Award for the best poster at the NYSSLHA convention
Heather Campbell: Winner of the NYSSLHA Doctoral Research Award.
Assistant Professor Sonja Molfenter received the Steinhardt Cross-Department Collaborative Award grant along with Kenneth Aigen, Associate Professor of Music Therapy. Dr. Molfenter’s current research specializes in understanding the physiological features of both normal swallowing and disordered swallowing (known as dysphagia). Dr. Aigen’s research uses musicological analyses to reveal connections between the elements of music and common cognitive, emotional, and physical goals in music therapy.
Dr. Molfenter and Dr. Aigen will collaborate on their project “High intensity group vocal exercise to improve laryngeal function in patients with Parkinson’s disease” during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Associate Professor and director of the M.S. program Maria Grigos along with speech therapist Etoile Leblanc of NYU Langone Medical Center were awarded the 2017-2018 Research Development Award for their project “Speech motor learning following facial reconstruction”. Dr. Grigos’ current research focuses on speech motor control in children and adults, with a specific emphasis on motor and language interactions.
Sam Jaffe explains voice pitch in New York Times video
Voice is an important part of who we are. It’s the instrument through which we communicate and express ourselves — including how we convey our personalities and gender identities. For many transgender people, having a voice that they feel does not correspond with their gender expression and identity can be a source of stress, anxiety, or depression.
Last week, the CSD Department hosted a reporter from the New York Times for a Facebook Live video chronicling a session with student voice therapist Sam Jaffe and his client Sophie, a transgender woman, in our on-campus Speech-Language-Hearing clinic. During her sessions with Sam, Sophie works to get her vocal cords into better shape so she can raise her pitch and volume to where she wants it without becoming breathless.
The New York Times also featured an article chronicling Sam’s client Sophie’s journey with voice pitch as a transgender woman.
NYU Steinhardt’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is a leader in addressing the needs of the transgender community. Along with a variety of other speech and language therapy services, the clinic offers voice and communication modification services for transgender individuals. Steinhardt graduate students in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders work with faculty to deliver voice and communication therapy sessions tailored to each client’s unique goals.
Read more about how the CSD department works with the transgender community.