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MOUTH N EARMOUTH N EARMOUTH N EARMOUTH N EARhttp://spa.wvu.edu/ Department Newsletter Fall 2011

Our Newest Program: The Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Inresponsetothegrowingdemandforteacherscholars,theWVUDepartmentofSpeechPathologyandAudiologyispleasedtoannouncetheavailabilityofitsnewestprogram,theDoctorofPhilosophy(Ph.D.)inCommunicationSciencesandDisorders.Thisprogramhasbeendesignedtoprovidearigorouscourseofstudyalongwithmentoredresearchandteachingexperiencestoenablecurrentaudiologistsandspeechlanguagepathologiststobecomehighqualityresearchersandserveeffectivelyasleadersinthediscipline.Graduatesoftheprogramareexpectedtoassumecareersasresearchersandscholarsatuniversities,hospitals,industrialsettings,andresearchfacilities.

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DENNIS RUSCELLO RECOGNIZEDBY ASHA FOR HIS SPECIALCONTRIBUTIONS TOH E 2

SPAgraduateshavelongbeenrecognizedforthequalityoftheirpreprofessionalpreparationandprofessionaleducationinaudiologyandspeechlanguagepathology,butaccordingtoDepartmentChairRobertOrlikoff,itsunfortunatethatournationallyandinternationallyrecognizedfacultyhavenothadtheopportunitytosharetheirknowledgeandexpertisewithadvancedgraduatestudentswhoseeksimilarcareersinacademia,aswellasinhealthcare and industry

HIGHER EDUCATION, p. 2

LINDA SHUSTER RECEIVESNIH GRANT TO STUDYAPRAXIA OF SPEECH, p. 3

NEW UNDERGRADUATE STUDYABROAD OPPORTUNITY p 3careandindustry. ABROAD OPPORTUNITY, p. 3

AUDIOLOGY STUDENTS GETCOATED, p. 4

KEN ST. LOUIS STUDIESINTERNATIONAL ATTITUDESTOWARD STUTTERING, p. 6

Orlikoffaddedthatthefutureoftheprofessionsdependscriticallyonthestrengthofitsteacherscholars,notingthattheWVUPh.D.programwillallowtheSPAfacultytonotonlyestablishapersonallegacy,but to influence the education of

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CAROLYN ATKINS HELPSSTUDENT-VETERANS SPEAKOUT, p. 6

buttoinfluencetheeducationofpreprofessionalandprofessionalstudentsregionally,nationally,andinternationally.Inthisvein,theprogramincludesspecificknowledge,experience,andskillinteachingandsupervision,as well as in cultural diversity

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Dr. Ruscello Receives 2011 ASHA Award for Special Contributions in Higher Education

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology congratulates Dr. Dennis M. Ruscello for being named the American Speech-Language-Hearing Associations 2011 award recipient for Special Contributions in Higher Education. This recognition is due to his distinguished and long-standing achievements in university classroom teaching as well as in clinical teaching and mentorship. Professor Ruscello teaches one undergraduate course and five graduate courses in the Department. He has consistently received outstanding evaluations from his students and recognition by his colleagues through numerous teaching awards.

D R ll i C Di t f th Dr. Ruscello is Co-Director of the WVU Cleft Palate Clinic and a co-investigator on the Project LEND grant that provides funding for the Feeding and Swallowing Clinic at the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities. His involvement offers students an opportunity to serve as

Dr. Dennis Ruscello flanked by SPA students following his invitedpresentation on children with cleft palate at the 2nd Annual MountainState Speech and Hearing Conference in April of this year.

students an opportunity to serve as members of an interdisciplinary team at weekly meetings as well as to serve as funded graduate assistants. Beyondthis, he has assisted students by editing the recent book, Review Questions for the Speech-Language Pathology Praxis Examination.

A popular and well-recognized expert, Dr. Ruscello serves as a role model, not only for students, but for faculty, colleagues, and professionals in the field. In addition, he is readily and tirelessly available to assist colleagues and continually responds to weekly emails and phone calls from former students seeking professional guidance. Faculty, students, and clients benefit from his wealth of knowledge, strong work ethic, passion for the field, sense of humor, and engaging interpersonal skills. This award is well-deserved.

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and global initiatives. However, because the discipline of communication sciences and disorders supports two professions, Ph.D. students pursue an area of emphasis in either Speech and Language Sciences and Disorders or

New Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and DisordersContinued from page 1

professions, Ph.D. students pursue an area of emphasis in either Speech and Language Sciences and Disorders or in Hearing Science and Disorders. It is then expected thatthrough customized study, scholarship, and mentorshipthese students will develop deep expertise in a specific topic within their chosen area of emphasis.

The inauguration of the Ph.D. program coincides with the recent establishment of the Grace Clements Speech Pathology and Audiology Research Endowment to support scientific research in the Department. The College has also provided several graduate teaching and research assistantships that will help students pursue this full-time program, in addition to several fellowships that are available to doctoral students through the WVU Office of Graduate Education

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The deadline for applications for Fall 2012 admission to the Ph.D. program is January 15. A more detailed description of the program, application procedure, and requirements is available online at: http://spa.wvu.edu/home/doc_philosophy

Dr. Shuster Receives NIH Grant Award

Dr. Linda I. Shuster, a Professor and long-ti f lt b i th D t t f

New Undergraduate SPA Courses

time faculty member in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, was recently awarded a prestigious two-year grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Titled Recovery of Speech in Apraxia of Speech, the purpose of the grant is to investigate recovery of speech

In an attempt to expand the undergraduate course offerings, SPA has developed several new classes that are now available. SPA 388, International Experience in Communication Sciences & Disorders, will provide of the grant is to investigate recovery of speech

following stroke. In particular, Dr. Shuster will be looking at focal lesions in three areas of the brain that have been argued to cause apraxia of speech when lesioned. Study participants are individuals who have suffered a stroke in any one of these three areas. They will be followed at 1-month, 6-month, and 12-month intervals for scanning and behavioral testing with attention to changes in speech and in patterns of

faculty-led study-abroad opportunities for students who wish to explore professional practices and perspectives related to communication sciences and disorders in foreign countries and cultures. Depending on faculty behavioral testing with attention to changes in speech and in patterns of

brain activation over the course of recovery.

Dr. Shuster states that following a stroke, patients have a strong desire to talk again. While understanding and other areas of language may improve post-stroke, speech seems to not return readily. Patients may be highly motivated and work hard to regain speech with little to no recovery. Dr. Shuster will be looking at site of lesion and recovery in an attempt

p g yavailability and student interest, efforts are underway to offer experiences in such countries as Turkey, India, China, and France.

Another new course is SPA 280, Communication Disorders in

to begin to understand why speech often remains impaired despite treat-ment and hard work on the part of the patient.

The grant supports two undergraduate student researchers and is expected to foster increased student interest in research. Undergraduate students in Speech Pathology and Audiology and Psychology have been hired to assist. Dr. Shuster currently serves as the Associate Coordinator for ASHA Special Interest Group 2: Neurophysiology and Neurogenic

Film. Recent movies such as The Kings Speech have sparked an interest in how portrayals of communication disorders in films influence popular attitudes about speech, hearing, and language problems, and therefore affect for ASHA Special Interest Group 2: Neurophysiology and Neurogenic

Speech and Language Disorders.

p ,public policy and advocacy efforts. The films to be shown will cover a diversity of styles and genres from the 1920s to the present.

Congratulations to Professor Linda Shuster on her 25th anniversary as a member of the WVU faculty and to Professor Ken St. Louis for his 35th WVU anniversary.

Special congratulations to Clinical Assistant Professor Karen Haines on the birth of her granddaughter Baby mother and grandmother

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on the birth of her granddaughter. Baby, mother, and grandmother are doing fine.

Doctor of Audiology Students Recognized at Fourth Annual White Coat Ceremony

Student Academy of Audiology

On October 15, 2011, first-year Au.D. students Shayna Goode, Sonia Hamidi, Allison Martinelli, Hope Middlemas, Brianna Robertson, and Rachel Szepelak received their personalized white coats to symbolize their entry into the profession of audiology. Held in the Fukushima Auditorium before fellow doctoral students, faculty, friends, and family, the ceremony included addresses by El

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