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Student Accomplishments 

  • SLP graduate student Emily Goldberg, on behalf of Plural Publishing and the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Science and Disorders, received the 2017 Plural Publishing Research Award, presented in honor of Dr. Sadanand Singh. Only one scholarship was awarded at the MS/AuD level, which will support Emily’s research on “Control of Lexical Inhibition in Deaf and Hearing Signer.” 
  • Each member of the Pitt AuD class of 2017 class successfully presented his/her oral comprehensive exam.
  • Tom Kovacs (CSD PhD program) has been chosen to represent SHRS at Pitt Day in Harrisburg, PA on March 21, 2017.  He will present a poster related to his dissertation, examining how children who use AAC devices can learn to master grammatical morphology.
  • Kristen Nunn (CSD MA-SLP program) and Dr. Michael Walsh Dickey will be presenting findings from Kristen's 2016 BPhil thesis at the 2017 CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference, an international meeting to be held at MIT, Cambridge, MA on March 30 - April 1, 2017.
  • Congratulations to Marnie Kershner (MHS, CCC-SLP), Kalli Clement (CScD, MS, CCC-SLP), and Paula Leslie (Director and professor of CScD)! Their presentation “Caring for Patients With Post-Intensive Care Syndrome” was selected for the PSHA Convention.
  • We are so proud to announce that our very own Katrina Killian will serve as the Vice President of Planning on the 2016-2017 NSSLHA Executive Council.
  • The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Executive Council has voted to fund Pitt's NSSLHA Chapter with a Community-Service Grant award of $250 in support of Hearing-Awareness Advocacy. We are so proud of our chapter's dedication to the community as well as the profession! 

Faculty Accomplishments

  • Congratulations to Dr. Katya Hill who was awarded the Clinical Achievement Award from PSHA! Dr. Hill is now the Pennsylvania nominee for the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement from the ASHFoundation. The winner of this prestigious award will be announced in November.
  • Dr. Ellen Cohn will co-present a seminar on telepractice at the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders meeting, New Orleans, LA on April 22, 2017. Her editorship of the International Journal of Telerehabilitation was recognized at the University of Pittsburgh's Founders Day on February 24.
  • Dr. James Coyle will be presenting a seminar entitled, “Dysphagia and Medical Speech-Language Pathology: Where Have We Been, and Where are We Going?” at the California Speech Language and Hearing Association Convention in Los Angeles.
  • CSD faculty member, Michael W. Dickey, PhD has been appointed to the Language and Communication Study Section, NIH Center for Scientific Review, for the term beginning July 01, 2016 and ending June 30, 2020. Members are selected “on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements, and honors.” (Richard Nakamura, PhD, Director, NIH Center for Scientific Review) 
  • Dr. James Coyle will be featured in a five-part seminar at the West Virginia Speech-Language and Hearing Association annual conference on April 15th.
  • HONORS of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Speech-Language Hearing Association (SWPSHA) to Dr. Paula Leslie, professor, and director of the Doctor of Clinical Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology. Her interests include the process of clinical decision making and nontraditional routes to advanced clinical training. She publishes and provides continuing education from local to international level on complex clinical decision making, ethics, and end of life decisions in vulnerable populations. SWPHSA is one of two regional speech-language-hearing associations in the Commonwealth of PA.
  • Dr. James Coyle will be a featured presenter at this year's Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) Conference. The conference will be held March 16-19th at the Westfields Marriot in Chantilly, Virginia. We are confident that Dr. Coyle's knowledge and expertise will inspire others to "Learn, Grow, and Lead."
  • Dr. James Coyle was named a University of Pittsburgh's Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award recipient. Dr. Coyle is a speech-language pathologist specializing in oropharyngeal dysphagia (swallowing disorders) in adults. He has made extensive contributions to SHRS, including helping to develop the Doctorate of Clinical Sciences curriculum. He's conducted an active clinical practice and teaching clinics at UPMC since 1999. He currently has research funding from the NIH, is active in continuing education, and is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). He was also the recipient of the 2006 Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award at Pitt.