News Archive

2015-16

Faculty members present at annual CAPCSD conference

Faculty highlighted the exciting work being conducted in our department at the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders Conference March 30 - April 2, 2016, in San Antonio. Ms. Karen Whisenhunt Saar, Ms. DeLanea Bronson, Dr. Vanessa Villatte, and Dr. Monica Harn presented "Can mindfulness decrease stress and increase empathy or pre-service clinicians?" Dr. Monica Harn, Dr. Ashley Dockens, and Dr Vinaya Manchaiah presented "Quality Care: Increasing underrepresented minorities in speech and hearing professions." Dr. Vinaya Manchaiah presented "Problem solving and Information Exchange-Global Engagement."


Dockens, Manchaiah and Harn publish article in Journal of the American Academy of Audiology

Journal AudiologyDr. Ashley Dockens, Dr. Vinaya Manchaiah, and Dr. Monica Harn announced in March 2016 they they will publish and article in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology titled, "Preference to patient-centeredness in undergraduate audiology students in Portugal." Other co-authors include David Tomé from the Department of Audiology, School of Allied Health Sciences, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal and Purushothaman Genevan from Expert Hearing Solutions, Wall Street Audiology Inc., Saskatoon, Canada.


Grounded Theory discussion on Oct. 19: Research Opportunities through Collaboration

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education announce their first Research Opportunities through Collaboration session of the academic year. Please join us Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. to discuss Grounded Theory. Dr. Jamie Hartwell Azios will introduce the topic followed by a discussion of how this method has been applied in our various disciplines. We will conclude with a discussion of how this method can address some possible research questions in our disciplines. We will meet in the SPHS building, room 117.


Gruber Seminar series kicks off academic year with presentation from Dr. Ayasakanta Rout

Dr. RoutThe first presentation in the new academic year in the Gruber Seminar Series on Communication Disorders will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 25. Dr. Ayasakanta Rout, director of audiology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at James Madison University, will speak on advanced signal processing features in hearing aids and examine why some do not work as well as others. Click the link for more details, or contact LU's Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at 880-8338.


Dr. Manchaiah interviewed in September 2015 issue of The Scientist

Scientist Mag articleDr. Vinaya Manchaiah, Jo Mayo Endowed Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, discusses his work exploring the link between positive thinking and clinical outcomes in this article published in the September issue of The Scientist magazine. Read more...


Cardinal Careers program enters second year

Interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist or audiologist? Contact Dr. Monica Harn (monica.harn@lamar.edu), chair of the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences, to learn more about our Cardinal Careers mentoring program. The SPHS Cardinal Careers program provides mentoring and support to undergraduate students who wish to pursue graduate work in the Doctor of Audiology and the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Lamar University. Activities and workshops in this program will be open to all students, and up to 28 undergraduates will be select for additional training opportunities and resources. This program is funded by the Minority Health Research and Education Grant Program of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.


Speech-Language Pathology grad students present research

Emily Freigerg, graduate student in LU's Department of Speech & Hearing SciencesFour graduate students in the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program presented research at the Southeast Texas Speech and Hearing Association’s summer continuing education event on July 21, 2015. Emily Freiberg of Baytown, pictured, and Laura Jackson, Lubbock, presented on augmentative and alternative communication in the life skills classroom. Brooke Crowell, Lumberton, and Lindsey Call, Beaumont, presented on fluency disorders and the young child. Carol Pettigrew, SETSHA board president, commented, “The students could not have been more prepared, articulate, and knowledgeable about their topic. It was seamless! I think it's a testament to the quality of the program and this group of emerging clinicians at Lamar.”


2014-15

LU students study health and disability in Sweden

LU Sweden Study AbroadStudents from the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences had an informative and fun study abroad experience in Orebro, Sweden, in May and June 2015. They studied health and disability at the Swedish Institute for Disability Research. The program was organized by Dr. Vinaya Manchaiah, associate professor of audiology at LU, and Prof. Berth Danermark and Dr. Kerstin Moller from Orebro University. Read more about our exciting study abroad opportunities


Audiology Online interview with Dr. Vinaya Manchaiah

Audiology India clinicDr. Vinaya Manchaiah, the Jo Mayo Endowed Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, spoke with Audiology Online in June 2015, about his important work with Audiology India. He co-founded the non-profit NGO to provide hearing healthcare to underserved individuals.

"Audiology India is a relatively new organization with a small but very committed group of team members and volunteers," said Dr. Manchaiah. "Our aim is to promote hearing healthcare in India and to provide audiological services to underserved and financially deprived individuals. We are involved in various activities including: provision of community-based hearing healthcare services, training and education about hearing healthcare to various professional groups (e.g., teachers, doctors, etc.), organization of public health campaigns, and conducting research to better understand audiology practice in India." Read more...


Graduate students present at Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention

Gladys GarciaThree graduate students in speech-language pathology presented their research at the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in San Antonio in March 2015. Ms. Gladys Garcia, pictured, presented "Treatment Effects and Generalization of an Explicit Speech Training Approach with an Adult with Down Syndrome." Ms. Dana Pitman presented "Improving Augmentative Communication use during Storybook Reading" and Ms. Natasha Hemani presented "Factors speech-language pathologists value when addressing treatment needs of children with autism spectrum disorder."


Dr. Manchaiah named endowed professor in speech and hearing sciences

Dr. Vinaya ManchaiahDr. Vinaya Manchaiah has been designated the Jo Mayo Endowed Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Lamar University, a prestigious honor named after a former member of the LU Foundation board of trustees. Manchaiah, an associate professor of audiology in the department, assumed this position at the start of the spring semester.

An international scholar with an impressive research and publication record, Dr. Manchaiah has a wide range of experience in clinical, educational, research and managerial roles. He holds a Ph.D. in disability research from Linköping University in Sweden, an Executive MBA from Swansea University in Wales, a Doctor of Audiology from Nova Southeastern University, and a M.S. in audiology from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. Read more...


Dr. Harn honored with Rogers Community Service Award

Dr. Monica Bellon Harn, associate professor and chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, was honored with Lamar University’s 2014 Julie & Ben Rogers Community Service Award at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the University Reception Center of the Mary and John Gray Library. 

Dr. Harn said it was a great honor to discover she had been selected for the award.

“I was so pleased to be recognized by the Rogers family,” she said. “People like the Rogers instill a value of service in the community and act as excellent role models. This award is a nice example of the emphasis that this university as well as the community places on service. It proves that not only are we as university employees expected to outreach here, but that we can have a broader impact in the community also.” Read more...


Graduate students in speech-language pathology present at the American Speech and Hearing Association in Orlando

April JacksonTwo graduate students in speech-language pathology presented their research at the American Speech and Hearing Association in Orlando in November 2014. Lindsey Sorrell presented on cross-linguistic comparison of rate of speech and vowel duration and April Jackson, pictured, presented on prosody in a young adult. Congratulations Lindsey and April!


B.S. in Speech & Hearing Sciences majors Alyssa Hughes and Kaitlin Taylor awarded
research grant

Kaitlin TaylorThe Office of Undergraduate Research announced 15 winners of the recent grant proposal contest for students wishing to conduct undergraduate research. Speech & Hearing Sciences major Alyssa Hughes won a grant for her proposal "Vocal loudness across breath support: An exploratory study." Her faculty mentor is Dr. Nandhu Radhakrishnan. Speech & Hearing Sciences major Kaitlin Taylor won a grant for her proposal "A survey of prevention and remediation audiological habits in older adults of Jefferson County, Texas." Her graduate mentor is Ms. Ashley Dockens. Grant recipients were honored in a formal program in October 2014 and presented with certificates of recognition by President Kenneth Evans and Provost Steve Doblin. Each student received up to $1,000 for undergraduate research support along with a $500 stipend.


Graduate student writes article based on thesis research

Ms. Shana Smith, a recent graduate student in speech-language pathology, is first author of the article, "Rates of auxiliary is and are in African American English speaking children with specific language impairment following language treatment," in Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, published September 2014. Dr. Monica Bellon Harn is mentor to Ms. Smith and co-author.


Participants with or without hearing loss needed for study

Instructor Ashley Dockens is currently conducting research examining potential relationships of behavioral auditory dynamic range and loudness preferences. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether comfortable loudness preferences and behavioral dynamic range are related or not, and if these measures are affected by hearing sensitivity. Implications of this study may lead to better clinical hearing aid fittings. Participants between the ages of 60 to 90 years old with normal and impaired hearing are needed. Contact Ms. Dockens at 880-8181 or ashley.dockens@lamar.edu to be a part of this study.


Faculty participates in international conference

Dr. Nandhu Radhakrishnan, assistant professor of speech-language pathology, conducted a workshop on vocal arts and science in India, which was a joint initiative of the Madras ENT Research Foundation and Lamar University.

2013-14

Five students honored at 2014 White Coat Ceremony

White Coat 2014

Lamar University’s Student Academy of Audiology hosted this year’s White Coat Ceremony for third-year doctoral students in April 2014. The ceremony honored five students who have completed their academic training and are heading out to do their clinical residencies. The annual ceremony marks the completion of their pre-clinical coursework and symbolizes their entry into clinical practice.


B.S. in Speech & Hearing Sciences major Lindsey Sorrell awarded research grant

Lindsey Sorrell

The Office of Undergraduate Research announced 10 winners of the recent grant proposal contest for students wishing to conduct undergraduate research. Speech & Hearing Sciences major Lindsey Sorrell won a grant for her proposal "Cross-Linguistic Comparison of Rate of Speech, Vowel Production, and Intelligibility." Grant recipients were honored in a formal program in January 2014 and presented with certificates of recognition by President Kenneth Evans and Provost Steve Doblin. Each student received up to $1,000 for undergraduate research support along with a $500 stipend.


Voice Lab and Vocology Clinic Open House

President Evans at open house

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences hosted an open house as well as an alumni dinner to introduce our Voice Lab and Vocology Clinic in October 2013. Dr. Nandhu Radhakrishnan, assistant professor of speech-language pathology provided hands on experiences for all willing participants. Read more...


Dr. Meline publishes second textbook

Meline book cover

Undergraduate and graduate students will be guided through course materials by the author of their textbook, Dr. Tim Meline, professor of speech-language pathology. His Primer for Clinical Processes in Speech, Language, and Hearing will be published in 2016. He is also the author of A Research Primer for Communication Sciences and Disorders.





Graduate student co-authors article

Ms. Janna Lappi, a graduate student in speech-language pathology, is a co-author of the article, “Treatment Intensity: Effects of Interactive Book Reading on Narrative Abilities in Preschool Children with SLI,” in Communication Disorders Quarterly. Dr. Monica Bellon Harn is mentor to Ms. Lappi, who earned her undergraduate degree at Clemson University.


Audiology student’s transformative mission to the Dominican Republic

Steven Allred

"I arrived to a beautiful island with palm trees and blue oceans,” said Steven Allred, of his summer mission trip to Santo Domingo. Allred, of Huntsville, who graduated with his Doctor of Audiology from the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences in May 2014. In the Dominican Republic, he worked at the Audir Centro de Audiometria to provide hearing screenings for hundreds of schoolchildren, and, if necessary, check their hearing aids for any problems. Read more...