CSD Well Represented at ASHA Conference

CSD students visit the ASHA annual convention.
CSD students visit the ASHA annual convention.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) was well represented at the 2010 annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from November 18-20.

The theme for the conference, “Leadership into New Frontiers,” was reflected in the presentations of the CSD faculty, staff, and students. Funding through the Maternal and Child Health – Preparing Academically Successful Students (MCH PASS) supported the attendance of grant trainees in CSD: Jason Hetelle, April Fischer, Savannah Herdrich, and Lindsay Roesler at the convention.

After the convention, the trainees reported that having the opportunity as undergraduate students to attend the ASHA convention allowed them to learn more about the field of speech-language pathology and affirmed their choice of speech-language pathology as a career.

The Presentations

John Heilmann, Ph.D., who joined the faculty in the department in August, presented the following:

DeBrock, L., Heilmann, J., Riley-Tillman, T., & Walker, M. (2010, November). Documenting sources of error in language sample analysis using G-theory.
Heilmann, J., Moyle, M., Gorman, B., & Berman, S. (2010, November). Monitoring pre-literacy skills using curriculum-based measures: The PALS & IGDIs.
Malone, T., Heilmann, J., Miller, J., DiVall-Rayan, J., & Rollan, M. (2010, November). Reaching the tweeners: Extending two SALT databases to grades 5 – 6.

Tom Malone, who presented with Heilmann, is an alumnus of the graduate program in CSD.

Alumni Bryn-Erinn Mooney, Rena Pitlik, and Kirstin Stein presented research that they completed with Paula M. Rhyner:

Rhyner, P.M., Mooney, B-E, Pitlik, R., & Stein, K. Methodology in Adult-Child Interaction Research: Comparisons and Clinical Implications.
Angela Rentmeester and Paula Rhyner in front of their poster presentation

Alumnus Angela Rentmeester presented findings from her thesis research in collaboration with Paula M. Rhyner, Ph.D. (CSD), Tim Patrick, Ph.D. (Department of Health Sciences), and Kris Pizur-Barnekow, Ph.D.:

Rentmeester, A.M., Rhyner, P.M., Patrick, T.B., & Pizur-Barnekow, K. Readability of Program Literature Provided to Birth to 3 Families.

Angela received a Graduate Student Travel Award from the UWM Graduate School to support her attendance at the convention.

CSD Graduate Students

CSD student with her poster presentation

Several currently enrolled graduate students also presented research at the convention with faculty members from the UWM Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders or with faculty mentors from their undergraduate programs in the University of Wisconsin System. The presentations included:

Olsson, K., Lynett, K. Rhyner, P.M., Patrick, T.B., & Marek, A. Increasing Referrals in Early Intervention: Building a Web-based System.

Kelly Lynett is a current graduate student and Kristy Olsson is a Research Associate working on an interdisciplinary grant project with Paula M. Rhyner, Ph.D. (CSD) and Tim Patrick, Ph.D (Department of Health Sciences). Kelly received a Graduate Student Travel Award from the UWM Graduate School to support her attendance at the convention.

Current graduate students in CSD at UWM Katie Humbert and Amanda Thompson presented with faculty mentors from their undergraduate programs in the University of Wisconsin System:

Humbert, K., & Samelson, V. How First Graders with Low Language Skill Solve Math Word Problems
Fitzsimmons, W., Lutz, J., Thompson, A., & Retherford, K. Evaluating Change in Adolescents and Young Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Other Presentations

Additional CSD faculty made presentations in their specialty areas:

Dietz, A., Lund, S., McKelvey, M., Quach, W. Clinical Decision-Making by Speech-Language Pathologists in AAC Assessment. 
Ball, L., Binger, C., Dietz, A., Kent-Walsh, J., Lasker, J., Lund, S., McKelvey, M., Quach, W. Roles of AAC Personnel in the AAC Assessment Process.
Sieff, S. and Hennes, D.M. A Clinical Curriculum & Assessment for Evidence-Based Practice  

Other Conferences

The 2010 Health Literacy Annual Research Conference, an interdisciplinary meeting for investigators dedicated to health literacy research, was held October 18-19 at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Maryland. Investigators representing public health, health services, epidemiology, translational, and interventional research activities presented their research findings.

UWM was represented by Angela M. Rentmeester (CSD alumnus) and faculty members Paula M. Rhyner, Ph.D.(CSD) and Timothy B. Patrick, Ph.D.,(Department of Health Sciences), who presented the findings of their research, “Readability of Program Literature Provided to Birth to 3 Families,” with Kris Pizur-Barnekow, Ph.D., (University of Illinois-Chicago).

The Community Engagement for Health Conference 2010 was held October 26 at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The conference was co-sponsored by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP), the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin and the Institute for Health and Society at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

This conference highlighted “…the power of partnerships to lead and inspire transformation at all levels, including personal, interpersonal, institutional, and societal transformation.” CHS faculty members Timothy B. Patrick, Ph.D., (Department of Health Sciences) and Paula M. Rhyner, Ph.D.,(CSD) collaborated with Christine Cronk, ScD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and their MCW partner on their HWPP grant projects to present some findings in a poster presentation titled, “The Starting Strong Birth to Three Referral Tool.”

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