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.
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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.
At the end of each year, Clinical Practicum III students gather with Clinical Practicum I and II students, along with undergrad students in the CSD department, to showcase their work in the class.
Clinical Practicum III students share their courses of treatment, as well as their work at off-campus initiatives, such as the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Early Childhood Center and Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center. Students also showcased additional collaborations within Steinhardt, with both the Drama Therapy and Music Therapy departments. Prac III students were on hand to answer any questions from the Prac I, II, and undergrad students about their work and what to expect during that portion of the program for them. The evening was rounded out with snacks and sips, as well as time to chat with faculty members and each other as another semester draws to a close.
Thank you to all who attended the 2017 NYU CSD Admitted Student Welcome Luncheon on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Eisner & Lubin Auditorium in the Kimmel Center for University Life. It was a busy day filled with delicious food, program information, student and alumni perspectives, tours, and a happy hour. Please feel free to view the presentation and Q&A portion from Friday’s event. We look forward to seeing you in the Fall!