Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Studies
ASLD Points of Pride
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Award 2012
The Maryland Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation selected Sarah Catley, Jessica Aaron, and Elisa Pitchon as John A. Brockman Fellows in Speech- Language Pathology for the year 2012. Awards of $3,000 were made to each of them.
University System of Maryland Teacher of the Year 2011
Dr. Diana Emanuel was named the University System of Maryland Teacher of the Year in 2011. She was nominated by Towson University for the award, and was then selected by the University System of Maryland Regents for the honor. Dr. Emanuel was selected for her contributions in improving the teaching of Hearing Science and the Physics of Sound.
2010 -2011 Faculty Publications and Grants
Audiology 2010 -2011 Faculty Publications and Grants
Dr. Diana Emanuel, Dr. Peggy Korczak, and Towson University Au.D. graduate Kristin Ficca published “Survey of the Diagnosis and Management of Auditory Processing Disorders” in the American Journalof Audiology.
Dr. Diana Emanuel and former Towson University Au.D. graduate Julie Norin collaborated with Tomasz Letowski on their research project “The effect of level-dependent hearing protection devices on speech communication in low-level background noise” published in Ear & Hearing.
Dr. Diana Emanuel and Towson University AuD graduate Laura Toll published “Effect of static force on bone conduction thresholds and comfort,” with their colleague Tomasz Letowski in the International Journal of Audiology.
Dr. Peggy Korczak, Dr. Jennifer Smart, and Towson University graduates Theresa Strobel and Christina Bradford published “Auditory Steady-State Responses: A Tutorial for Audiologists,” in the Journalof the American Academy of Audiology, with their colleague Dr. Rafael DelGado.
Dr. Stephanie Nagle published “Sensitivity, specificity, and efficiency of established Central Auditory Processing test batteries,” in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology with her colleagues Frank Musiek, Gail Chermak, J. Weihing, and M. Zapulla.
Deaf Studies 2010 -2011 Faculty Publications and Grants
Dr. Sheryl Cooper collaborated with her colleagues Reisman and Watson on the article “Sign Language Program Structure and Content in Institutions of Higher Education: 1994-2004.” Published in the 2011 volume of Sign Language Studies.
Speech Language Pathology 2010-2011 Faculty Publications and Grants
Dr. Paul Evitts published “Objective eye-gaze behavior during face-to-face communication with proficient alaryngeal speakers: A preliminary study” with his colleague Robert Gallop in the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.
Dr. Paul Evitts collaborated with Towson University student Julia Miller, and colleagues Fikret Kasapoglu, and Ugur Demirci to publish “Communication adjustment of patients with a laryngectomy in Turkey: Analysis by type of surgery and mode of speech”. Psychology, Health, & Medicine.
Dr. Sharon Glennen collaborated with her colleagues Kathleen Scott and Jenny Roberts on a Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research article titled “How well do children who are internationally adopted acquire language? A meta-analysis.”
Dr. Eva Hester collaborated with former Towson University speech language pathology graduate Marisa Wengryn to publish “Pragmatic skills used in social communication and healthcare contexts by older adults: Precursors to health literacy,” in Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Dr. Eva Hester collaborated with Mercedes Benetiz McCrary on “An investigation of health literacy and healthcare communication skills of African American adults across the lifespan,” in the Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology.
Dr. Eva Hester described methods of assessing student comprehension in “What I learned from the C.A.R” which was published in The Teaching Professor.
Dr. Celia Bassich presented a three-day workshop on Treatment of voice, speech, cognitive-linguistic and swallowing deficits in Parkinson’s disease across the stages. for the Allied Team Training Program, National Parkinson Foundation, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Chicago Illinois.
Dr. Paul Evitts, Towson University graduate students, and other colleagues presented sessions on the topics of laryngectomy, glossectomy and infant feeding, at various state and national conferences. These included:
A retrospective study of factors related to successful oral feeding of infants with a tracheotomy in the NICU, presented at the 2011 Annual Convention of the Maryland Speech and Hearing Association with Towson University students Laura Stapleton and Jessica Tellis, and colleagues Heather Keskeny, Christy Tulenko, and Elizabeth Bayley.
Listener’s impressions of voice and personality following supracricoid laryngectomy, was presented at the 2010 Annual Convention of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association in Philadelphia, and at the 2011 Annual Convention of the Maryland Speech and Hearing Association, with Towson University students Rachel Carlberg, Erin McIntosh, and Julia Miller, and colleagues Heather Starmer, and Kim Webster.
Speech following partial glossectomy: Phonetic analysis using high-resolution MRI, was presented at the 2010 Annual Convention of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association in Philadelphia with Towson University student Julia Miller, and colleagues Emi Murano, and Maureen Stone.
Dr. Karen Fallon and her colleagues Lauren Katz, Kenn Apel, and Elizabeth Wilson-Fowler presented a one-hour seminar titled The Forgotten: Adolescents and Young Adults with Written Language Disorders, at the 2010 American Speech, Language, Hearing Association Convention in Philadelphia.
Dr. Sharon Glennen shared her international adoption research at several national and area conferences. These included:
Language Learning for Internationally Adopted Children, a one-day workshop presented to the Capital Area Intermediate Unit in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Language development in internationally adopted children, a two-hour seminar presented at the 2011 Maryland Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Conference.
Assessing language skills in internationally adopted children, a two-hour seminar presented at the 2010 American Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Convention in Philadelphia with colleagues Kathleen Scott, Jenny Roberts, and Adele Raade.
Language and literacy outcomes in school-age internationally adopted children, a poster session presented at the 2010 American Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Convention in Philadelphia.
Dr. Eva Hester mentored many Towson University students on research projects that led to the following national presentations on the topic of language and reading disabilities in African American children, Dysphagia, and Health Literacy. These included:
Speech disruptions in the narratives of African American students with reading disabilities a poster session presented at the 2010 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention, Philadelphia with coauthors Dr. Mark Pellowski, and Towson University undergraduate students Aria Harris, and Julie Pahr.
Characterization of morphological reading errors of children with reading disabilities,a poster session presented at the 2010 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention, Philadelphia with coauthors Elgustus Polite, and Towson University students Kelly Sharpe and Suzanne Rivet.
Past tense verb use by African American children with reading disabilities, was presented as a poster session at the ASHA School Conference in Las Vegas with coauthors Elgustus Polite, and Towson University students Aria Harris-Nole, and Kellie Pflugh.
Preliminary investigation of health literacy and healthcare communication skills in adults with hearing loss, a poster session presented at the Annual Health Literacy Research Conference at the Institute of Medicine in Bethesda Maryland with Towson University student Sarah McCarty.
Dysphagia concepts 101: Responding to needs of disaster evacuees, a poster session presented at the 2010 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention, Philadelphia with coauthor Mercedes Benetiz McCrary.
Dr. Mark Pellowski and several Towson University undergraduate and graduate students presented their work on stuttering at national and state conferences, and on television. His presentations included
Reductions in Stuttering Frequency as a Function of Modification of Clinicians’ Speech Rate: Preliminary Findings, a poster session presented at the April 2011 Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention co-authored by Towson University students Sarah Alden, Nicole Giovanniello, and Kaitlyn Meyer. This poster won one of two awards for best student research poster presentation.
Undergraduate and Graduate Students’ Self-Perceptions of Speech Rate, a poster session presented at the annual meeting of the 2011 Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention co-authored with Towson University students Kristin Meyer, Allison Yuse, and Heather Cadden. (2011, April). This poster also won one of two awards for best student research poster presentation.
Relationships Among Word Finding, Vocabulary, & Stuttering in Adults, a poster session presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Philadelphia.
Stuttering advice for parents, Dr. Pellowski was interviewed by WBFF Fox 45 News in Baltimore, Maryland for the “Family 411 Segment” last spring.
2010-2011 Deaf Studies Presentations
Dr. Sheryl Cooper presented two conference sessions at the American Sign Language Teacher’s Association Annual Conference in Seattle Washington. They included:
Service learning: Deaf studies in the community, a 90 minute presentation with Dr. Jody Cripps
Sign language program structure and content, a 90 minute presentation.
Dr. Jody Cripps and his colleagues had several national and international presentations last year including:
Universal design in reading instruction: Considerations for deaf students, a paper presentation at the TESOL 2011 Conference in New Orleans, LA.
A cross-linguistic reading program for signing deaf children, a Symposium paper presented at the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, Vancouver, BC.
The preliminary look at the model reading program under development, a paper presentation at the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, Vancouver, BC.
A closer look at the reading process for deaf students who sign, a paper presentation at the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, Vancouver, BC.
2010-2011 Audiology Presentations
Dr. Diana Emanuel and her former students presented the following poster session:
Audiology awareness among entering college students, poster session presented by former Towson University students Chris Araj, and Jeremy Donai at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention. Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Stephanie Nagle and her colleague Frank Musiek presented at the American Auditory Society Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona:
Behavioral/Electrophysiological Auditory Processing Results for Children with Mild Hearing Loss, poster session presentation.
Dr. Stephen Pallett presented two Grand Rounds cases at the Maryland Academy of Audiology Annual Convention:
Clinical grand rounds: Acoustic neuroma in clinical practice.
Clinical grand rounds: Clinical mismanagement of middle ear disease
Dr. Jennifer Smart shared her research with audiences at the following conference presentations:
Evaluating hearing aid benefit during the first four weeks, a poster presentation at the American Academy of Audiology NOW! Convention, Chicago, IL, with Towson University faculty Dr. Candace Robinson, and Towson University students, Cortney Butler, and Caitlin Marczewski.
Auditory processing disorder: Putting the pieces together. Invited speaker presentation at the Maryland Academy of Audiology Annual Convention.
The Cherry Hill hearing healthcare initiative:Helping people hear better one hearing aid at a time. Poster session with Dr. Candace Robinson at the Maryland Academy of Audiology Annual Convention.
Faculty Publications 2009-2010
Dr. Diana Emanuel published two online articles for professionals on the Audiology Online web site. They were titled “ Ask the Expert: Carhart’s Notch- New Research Findings”, and “Acoustic Reflex Theshold (ART) Patterns: An Interpretation Guide for Student’s and Supervisors.” www.audiologyonline.com
Dr. Diana Emanuel published two book chapters in Rash, Russo, Letowski & Schmeisser’s 2009 text Helmet-mounted displays: Sensation, Perception and Cognition Issues. The first chapter, published with her colleagues S. Maroonroge, and T. Letowski was titled “Auditory function.” The second chapter authored with the same colleagues was titled “Basic anatomy of the hearing system .”
Dr. Paul Evitts worked with his colleagues Portugal, Van Dine, and Holler on the article “Effects of audiovisual information on alaryngeal speech intelligibility”. The article was published in the 2010 Journal of Communications Disorders.
Dr. Eva Hester continued her work on literacy, recently publishing “Narrative correlates of reading comprehension in African American children” in the journal Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Dr. Karen Fallon collaborated with Katz, Maag, Blenkarn and Smith on the article “What makes a caseload (Un)manageable?” which was published in the 2010 journal Language, Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools.
Dr. Peggy Korczak and her colleague D. Stapells published their research in Ear and Hearing Journal in 2010. The article was titled “Effects of various articulary features of speech on cortical event-related potentials and behavioral measures of speech processing in normal hearing adults.”
Dr. Mark Pellowski recently published “Speech Language pathologists’ knowledge of speaking rate and its relationship to stuttering” in the 2010 Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders.
Dr. Jennifer Smart teamed with her colleagues Purdy, Baily, and Sharma on the article “Do children with reading delay benefit from the use of personal FM systems in the classroom?” The article was published in the 2009 International Journal of Audiology.
Student Awards, Scholarships 2010-2011
•Lisa Dau, Towson Univeristy Audiology student was awarded the $2,500 Sonus 2010 scholarship from Sonus Hearing Care. The award was based on grades and leadership.
•Towson University graduate speech-language
pathology student Kathleen Holden was selected to receive the
Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association's $1000 student
scholarship. She was selected based on her academic achievements
and commitment to the profession. She received her award at
the 2010 MSHA Annual conference.
Faculty Presentations 2009-2010
Dr. Karen Fallon was invited to present a 1-day workshop titled Literacy and AAC: Promoting Success from Preschool to High School. At the G. Paul Moore Symposium, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
Dr. Jennifer Smart and her colleagues S. Purdy and A. Kelly presented Evaluation of speech processing noise and FM benefit in children with auditory processing disorder using cortical evoked potentials and behavioral measures. They also collaborated on Speech-evoked ABR in children with auditory processing disorder. Both presentations were given at the 12th Biennial Symposium of the International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition, Dr. Jennifer Smart teamed with S. Purdy, M. Sharma, and A. Kelly to present Test-retest reliability of speech-evoked cortical auditory evoked potentials in quiet and in noise and correlations with behavioral measures in children with auditory processing disorder at the same conference.
Dr. Jody Cripps collaborated with L. Blackburn and S. Suppalla to present An Examination of an Alternative Curriculum and Assessment for Deaf Students Who Sign at the Council of American Instructors of the Deaf, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Eva Hester presented with M. McCrary at the Institute of Medicine Health Literacy Conference at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Her presentation was titled Investigation of health literacy and healthcare communication skills of African American Adults across the lifespan: Preliminary findings.
Dr. Sheryl Cooper gave a presentation titled Update: The Status of American Sign Language Program Structure in Institutions of Higher Education: 1994-2004, at the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Celia Bassich presented several three-day workshops titled Treatment of voice, speech, cognitive-linguistic and swallowing deficits in Parkinson’s disease across the stages. The workshops were sponsored by the Allied Team Training Program, National Parkinson Foundation and were given in Seattle WA, Gainesville FL, Sunnyvale, CA.
Dr. Jennifer Smart presented FM Systems: Are they just for the classroom? at the Maryland Academy of Audiology Annual Conference, Columbia, MD.
Dr. Mark Pellowski and graduate student Marissa Porcelli presented Methods used to calculate and modify speaking rate for the school aged child who stutters at the Speech Language Hearing Association of Virginia Annual Conference, Portsmouth, VA.
Dr. Sharon Glennen and her colleagues E. Schulte and L. Albers-Prock, presented Is it medical, developmental, behavioral, or something else? As an invited presentation at the Joint Council on International Children’s Services Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Candace Robison & Dr. Diana Emanuel co-presented Issues in off-campus audiology supervision, at the Maryland Academy of Audiology Convention, Columbia, MD.
Dr. Paul Evitts and his colleagues F. Kasapoglu, U. Demerci, and J. Miller presented on Communication adjustment and experiences of patients with a laryngectomy in Turkey, at the International Psycho-Oncology World Congress, Quebec City, Canada.
Dr. Jody Cripps presented What is Gloss? At the Speaker Series at Macmurray College in Jacksonville, IL with his colleagues L. Blackburn and S. Suppalla.
Dr. Sharon Glennen presented an invited 1-day workshop titled Language learning for internationally adopted children, for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Celia Bassich was invited to present at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center Symposium on the topic of Treatment of Voice in Parkinson’s Disease.
American Speech Language Hearing Association Convention 2009
Several Towson University faculty and students presented their work at the 2009 American Speech, Language, Hearing Association Annual Convention in New Orleans. Faculty, students, and the titles of their presentations are listed below.
Dr. Celia Bassich. Treatment of Voice in Parkinson’s Disease.
Dr. Karen Fallon & Ms. Karen Day, along with graduate students Caelie Giapponi, Kate Holden, Rebecca Houtz, and Lauren Turner. Home Literacy Experiences of Young Children with Language Impairment.
Dr. Karen Fallon & Ms. Karen Day, along with graduate students Melanie Krevitz, Larissa Lowe, Christina Perrilli, Kellie Pflugh-Revels, and Emily Straka. Home Literacy Experiences of Young Children who Use AAC.
Dr. Paul Evitts. Listener perceptions of voice and personality following supracricoid laryngectomy.
Dr. Eva Hester with M. McCrary, and undergraduate students Danette Adekoya and Roxanne Fon. Investigation of health literacy and healthcare communication skills of African American adults across the lifespan.
Dr. Eva Hester with undergraduate student Danette Adekoya. Healthcare communication skills of African American adults.
Dr. Eva Hester with undergraduate student Nicole Langton. Narrative productivity of African American children with reading disabilities.
Ms. Iona Johnson with J. Triandifilou and S. Sickels. A model: Collecting Evidence in Aphasia Book clubs.
Ms. Iona Johnson with graduate students Sonya Possemato, Brooke Kohles, and C. Cullen. A clinician’s tool for measuring foreign accented English.
Faculty Publications 2008-2009
• Dr. Diana C. Emanuel completed an exciting new textbook, Hearing Science, with her coauthor, Dr. Tomasz Letowski. This text is unique in its approach to teaching hearing science in that it includes a review of foundation skills (math and physics) before introducing the topics of acoustics, anatomy and physiology, and psychoacoustics, with additional advanced topics of audio systems and digital signal processing provided at the end of the book for more advanced coursework. The book is: Emanuel, D.C., & Letowski, T. (2009). Hearing Science. Baltimore, Md: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. Emanuel and Letowski also created on-line learning resources to help students to learn and professors to teach the subject more effectively.
• Dr. Paul Evitts published "Effects of audio-visual information and mode of
speech on listener perceptions of alaryngeal speakers," in the International
Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
• Dr. Karen Fallon co-authored the chapters: "Teaching phonological awareness
skills: Phoneme segmentation" and "Teaching phonological awareness skills: Sound
blending," in the textbook Accessible Literacy Learning: Evidence Based
Instruction for Individuals with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and
• Dr. Sharon Glennen published "Speech and language guidelines for children
adopted from abroad at older ages," in Topics in Language Disorders.
• Dr. Sharon Glennen published "Speech and language mythbusters for
internationally adopted children," in the American Speech Language Hearing
• Dr. Eva Hester published "An investigation of the relationship between
health literacy and social communication skills in older adults," in Communication Disorders Quarterly.
• Dr. Eva Hester published "Health literacy and the role of the speech-language pathologist," in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
• Dr. Jennifer Smart published "Searching for an answer: Auditory
neuropathy/Auditory dys-synchrony, a 20 year long mystery solved," in the
New Zealand Audiological Society Bulletin.
Student Awards and Scholarships 2007-2009
• Towson University Audiology doctoral
student Chris Araj was selected from among more than
150 doctoral applicants as a winner of the Starkey
Labs 2009 Outstanding Student Clinician Scholarship.
The Scholarship Committee found his achievements
• Marisa Turbish presented her graduate research project at the Ninth Annual Towson University Student Research Expo in April 2008. Her project was selected to receive the outstanding research award from the College of Graduate Studies. Ms. Turbish's project was titled "Pragmatic skills used in social communication and healthcare contexts: Precursors to health literacy." This project was completed as part of her graduate degree in speech-language pathology and was mentored by Dr. Eva Hester. Dr. Hester and Ms. Turbish have since submitted the project for publication in a professional journal.
• Tiffany Taliaferro was one of five undergraduates selected to participate in the 2007 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Minority Student Leadership Program. This annual program selects promising minority students from across the country and brings them to the annual ASHA Conference for intensive training and mentoring. Most participants are graduate students, relatively few undergraduate students are selected. Ms. Taliaferro's selection was a reflection of her strong academic abilities and leadership potential.
• Towson University Audiology
doctoral student Laura Toll was awarded one of ten
$1,000 "Outstanding Student Clinician" scholarships
from Starkey Labs in August 2007.
• Audiology doctoral student Cynthia DeMots won the Jerger Award for best student research poster session at the 2007 American Academy of Audiology Conference in Denver Colorado. Her poster titled "Effects of Auditory Toughening in Rats" was co-authored with Dr. Margaret Jastreboff and fellow student Jamie Moran. The poster was selected from over 200 entries.
• Mary Carson, Towson University Au.D. student, was awarded one of two national AFA scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to "the best and brightest" second year Audiology graduate students in the country.
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