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Recent Awards 

  • Congratulations to Clinical Associate Professor Tamar Greenwell! She has been elected as the new Vice President of Member Recruitment and Engagement for the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • Please join us in congratulating Drs. Chenell Loudermill (Co-PI), Rose Mason (PI), Mandy Rispoli (Co-PI), and doctoral candidate Jasmine Begeske on being awarded a $1.1M+ grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs for the project, Interprofessional Education Supporting the High Intensity Needs of Exceptional Students (IPE-SHINES)! IPE-SHINES is an interprofessional training collaboration between the Health and Human Sciences (HHS) Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and the College of Education’s Applied Behavior Analysis Program. This project will fund a total of 22 graduate-level scholars (11 Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) and 11 Applied Behavior Analysts (BCBA)) addressing a national need for highly-skilled SLPs and BCBAs equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for the provision of high-quality, interdisciplinary, evidence-based practices for children with high-intensity needs, such as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. IPE-SHINES scholars will develop competencies to engage in interprofessional collaboration and effectively implement high leverage, culturally responsive practices for elementary students (K-6) with high-intensity needs, and work with children and their families in educational, community, and home settings.
  • Natalya Kaganovich has received a COVID Disruption Grant in the amount of $25,000 for the NIH-funded project titled “Audiovisual Processing in Children with Developmental Language Disorder” (co-investigators are Laurence Leonard, Sharon Christ, and Tamar Greenwell.) The grant was administered by the Purdue Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships and the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity. It will help the Kaganovich lab catch up on EEG data collection paused due to COVID.

Recent Publications

  • Determining Medical Urgency of Voice Disorders Using Auditory-Perceptual Voice Assessments Performed by Speech-Language Pathologists. Fujiki RB, Sanders PW, Sivasankar MP, Halum S. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2021 Jul 20:34894211032779. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F00034894211032779. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34282649
  • A Review of Factors Associated with Voice Problems in the Fitness Instructor Population. Venkatraman A, Fujiki RB, Sivasankar MP. J Voice. 2021 Jun 18:S0892-1997(21)00166-1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2021.05.001. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34154914 Review.
  • Alexander, J.M., Schmig, S., Wagner, R.P., and Armstrong, S. (2021). The peak height insertion gain (PHIG) method for quantifying acoustic feedback in hearing aids. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 150, 1635-1651. https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0005987
  • Guest-edited by Josh Alexander, the 2021 Fall Issue of Seminars in Hearing features 9 open-access articles. The purpose of this issue is to educate professionals and students in audiology, hearing science, and engineering about different approaches to combat problems related to environmental and wind noise using technologies that include classification, directional microphones, binaural signal processing, beamformers, motion sensors, and machine learning.
  • Salloom, W. B., and Strickland, E. A. (2021).  “The effect of broadband elicitor laterality on psychoacoustic gain reduction across signal frequency,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 150(4), 2817-2835. https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0006662
  • DeRoy Milvae, K. and Strickland, E. A. (2021). “Behavioral measures of cochlear gain reduction depend on precursor frequency, bandwidth, and level," Front. Neurosci., 15, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2021.716689
  • DeRoy Milvae, K., Alexander, J. M., and Strickland, E. A. (2021). “The relationship between ipsilateral cochlear gain reduction and speech-in-noise recognition at positive and negative signal-to-noise ratios," J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 149, 3449-3461. https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0003964

Recent Presentations

  • Professors Hari Bharadwaj, Michael Heinz, and Jenn Simpson were the invited speakers for this year’s President’s Council Back-to-Class in October 2020. They recorded their talk, “Difficulties Hearing in Noise? The Potential of Precision Auditory Neuroscience to Help” at the Purdue University Dauch Alumni Center. View their Back-to-Class talk here.
  • On February 19, the MS-SLP students virtually hosted the ASHA Multicultural Constituency Groups (MCCGs) during SLHS 549. A representative from the following organizations shared information about their respective MCCG, the work they do, the importance of supporting MCCGs, and how individuals can do so. Participating groups and representatives are listed below. Click here to view the panel discussion. 
    • Asian Indian Caucus: Dr. Anusha Sundarrajan (Purdue alumna)
    • Asian Pacific Islander Speech-Language-Hearing Caucus: Dr. Lei Sun
    • Haitian Caucus: Dr. Martine Elie
    • Hispanic Caucus: Sofia Carias
    • L’GASP-LGBTQ: Dr. Gregory Robinson
    • National Black Association of Speech-Language-Hearing (NBASLH): Darius Thomas-Wallace
  • On June 14, Associate Professor Françoise Brosseau-Lapré gave an invited talk entitled “Understanding speech production deficits in children with speech and language disorders” at Boys Town National Research Hospital.
  • Clinical Associate Professor Shannon Van Hyfte presented "Third Year AuD Clinical Externships: Strategies, Struggles, and Successes" in an invited Audiology Online Webinar on June 23, 2021 to 98 registered participants. The presentation was recorded for continued access through that venue.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor Anne Gritt presented her virtual poster "Purdue Preschool Language Program: An Interprofessional Collaboration to Support Children with DLD " at the ASHA Schools Connect annual convention.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor Melissa Newell presented a one-hour course for Audiology Online on July 28, 2021 titled "Vestibular Migraine Review." View the presentation here.
  • Associate Professor Josh Alexander gave an AudiologyOnline presentation titled, “Speech Acoustics and Frequency Lowering.” on August 25, 2021. The talk discussed a research study investigating how high-frequency bandwidth influences the recognition of different speech sound classes by normal-hearing listeners. This information provides important benchmark data for potential outcomes with another research study investigating frequency-lowering in hearing-impaired listeners. See https://www.audiologyonline.com/audiology-ceus/course/speech-acoustics-and-frequency-lowering-36922 for more details.

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