THIRD ANNUAL SCHOOL
CONFERENCE AT VANDERBILT
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
This conference is sponsored in conjunction with our Personnel Preparation Leadership Grant
from the US Department of Education (H325D140087) and our grant partnership with the
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. The conference meets the unique professional
development needs of school speech-language pathologists. Across two days, participants
attend six 90-minute small group sessions and two lunch-time plenary sessions.
August 3 and 4, 2015
on the Vanderbilt Peabody Campus
Registration 8:00 – 8:30 **** Conference 8:30 – 3:15
ASHA CE credit available, 11 hours
http://vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/vkc/ and click on “events”
8:00 – 8:30 Registration Registration
8:30 – 10:00 Session 1 Session 4
10:00 – 10:15 Break Break
10:15 – 11:45 Session 2 Session 5
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch break Lunch Break
12:30 – 1:30 Plenary Session Plenary Session
1:30 – 1:45 Break Break
1:45 – 3:15 Session 3 Session 6
Thank you to our cosponsors! Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and Vanderbilt’s Leadership in
Neurodevelopmental Disorders Grant provide assistance in registration and streaming sessions to former
training grant trainees.
Please plan to park at the Wesley Place Garage (2034 Scarritt Place) or street parking adjacent to the
Vanderbilt Peabody Campus. Participants are responsible for their own parking fees. Note that
campus police will ticket illegal parking.
On the day of the conference, please come to the Commons, a building adjacent to the intersection of
18th Avenue and Horton Ave.
School SLP Conference at Vanderbilt
August 3-4, 2015
Kristen Arthurs, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist serving Metro Nashville Public Schools. She earned a
B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Purdue University and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from
Vanderbilt University. She has a particular interest in preschool speech and language, practicing at the Bordeaux Early
Learning Center since its opening in August 2014.
JoAnne Berns, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Currey Ingram Academy. She earned a B.S. in
Elementary Education and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Vanderbilt. While in her masters program, she was
funded on an OSEP Personnel Preparation Grant. She is also a certified K-6 teacher and is trained in S.P.I.R.E® and LiPS®
Heather Blalock, M.A., CCC-CLP, has spent 20 years working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Metro Nashville Public
Schools. She began working with AAC devices in 1997 and has been part of the Assistive Technology Team for 15 years.
Ms. Blalock earned her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Tennessee.
Kathryn Blankenship, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Middle Tennessee State University. She received her B.S. from the
University of Houston, M.S. from University of Texas at Dallas and her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Kathryn has worked
clinically for the past 12 years in various clinical settings from private practice to schools to home health with a variety of
children and adults with communication disabilities. Her research interests include speech perception and spoken language
development in children who use cochlear implants and clinical supervision/training.
Sarah Blumberg, Ed.D., BCBA-D is a behavior analyst and educational consultant at Vanderbilt's TRIAD. She provides
training and consultation to school-based personnel and is coordinator of TRIAD's school-age services. She has previously
worked in school settings as a teacher and consultant, as well as providing direct intervention to individuals with ASD.
Matthew Brown, B. A. is currently in his first year of the M.S.-SLP program at Vanderbilt University and is on the voice
specialty track. He is a graduate of the University of California Davis, where he studied French, comparative literature, and
music. From 2010-2014 he worked in Lille, France as a teacher of English as a foreign language. His clinical interests
include motor speech disorders, craniofacial abnormalities, and voice.
Danielle Campbell, M.A., CCC-SLP has been practicing as a school-based SLP in MNPS for 13 years. She has been part of
the Assistive Technology Team for 7 years. She obtained her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Southern Illinois
Melanie Chambers, M.A., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist and has been with the Metro Nashville Public Schools
for the past six years. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the
University of Memphis. Prior to working for MNPS she was in private practice and worked for WAVES in Williamson County
where she evaluated and served children for Tennessee Early Intervention Services. Melanie is also a certified K-8 teacher.
Angela Chen, B.A. is in her first year of Vanderbilt University's Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program. In
2012, she graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and minors in Spanish
and Fine Arts. After graduation, she served as a full-time tutor with Boston Public Schools through City Year, an education-
focused nonprofit organization. She decided to return to school in order to learn more about language and literacy and is
currently specializing in school speech-language pathology. Working as a tutor at the Kennedy Center Reading Clinic has
allowed her to see the intersection between language impairments and literacy and continue defining her role as a future SLP.
Sarah Schneck, B.S. is a current graduate student in the M.S.-SLP program at Vanderbilt University. She graduated from
Northeastern University with a major in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and minors in American Sign Language
and Psychology. She is currently working on her Master’s thesis in the Child Language and Literacy Lab at Vanderbilt
University under Dr. Schuele, and her clinical interests include motor speech disorders, autism, and aphasia.
Nikki Davis, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and Special Education at
Vanderbilt working as an Educational Consultant on the Vanderbilt Accelerated Academic Achievement Research Center
(funded by IES) studying instructional programs for students with the most severe learning disabilities in grades 3 to 5. She
obtained her Ph.D. in neuroscience and communication sciences and disorders at the University of Colorado.
Emily Dayle Quinn, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in augmentative and alternative
communication. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Special Education at Vanderbilt University.
Michael de Riesthal, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
(Vanderbilt University School of Medicine), and Director of Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute. He received his M.S. and Ph.D.
in Hearing and Speech Sciences from Vanderbilt University. His clinical and research interests include the management of
neurologic speech, language, and cognitive disorders. Dr. de Riesthal teaches courses on the management of aphasia, motor
speech disorders, and traumatic brain injury in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University.
Allison Drost, M.A., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist for Williamson County Schools (TN). She earned her
Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Louisiana State University. For 20 years, Allison has worked in a variety of
settings including acute care, long-term care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, home health, NICU, and private practice.
She also served as a clinical supervisor at University of Louisiana at Monroe and has supervised countless CFY-SLPs in
Megan Dunn Davison, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Communication Disorders at Queens
College, CUNY. Her research focuses on the language development and familial factors that may impact the development of
early literacy skills, later reading development, and written language abilities in at-risk populations.
Jacob Feldman, M.S., CF-SLP is a doctoral student in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt
University and a trainee on OSEP Leadership grant #H325D140087. He is also co-chair of the School SLP Conference at
Vanderbilt. He recently graduated from Vanderbilt's MS-SLP program in the School SLP Specialty Track.
Rebecca Fischer, Ph.D. is a Professor at Middle Tennessee State University. She received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt
University. Rebecca has taught in the undergraduate Speech Pathology & Audiology program at Middle Tennessee University
for 18 years, as an audiologist and teacher of the hearing impaired. Her research interests include clinical supervision/training
and auditory processing disorders.
Jamie D. Fisher, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is currently working as a travel Speech-Language Pathologist in school districts,
rehabilitation centers, and hospitals across the United States. Her clinical interests include speech, language, and literacy.
She has presented at the local, regional, and national level. Jamie's doctoral studies were funded by an OSEP Leadership
Heather Gillum, Ph.D. is currently the Learning Specialist at The Covenant School i