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Pursue Your Research Interests

Use research to apply classroom learning to study a topic of interest more in-depth.

Students and faculty travel every year to the Association of Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention where they represent Ithaca College and present on their research work from the past year. They also have an opportunity to network with other speech-language-hearing professionals. 

Highlighted Poster Presentation

A student dressed in a blue suit is standing in front of a poster presentation on "Instructional Approaches for Attaining Oral Proficiency in Adult English Language Learners"

Samantha Watts ('19)

Oral proficiency affects social, academic, business, and personal opportunities. Samantha Watts ('19) and Morgan McLenithan ('19) shared the results of their research, guided by Marie Sanford, Clinical Associate Professor, at the 2019 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention. The student clinicians highlighted their work with the Ithaca College Communication Enhancement Program for Accent Modification (CEPAM) which targets oral proficiency in American English phonetic inventory, while exhibiting respect of cultural diversity. Students work with ELL/ESL students in small group sessions and use the PHOTOvoice method to develop oral proficiency skills. 

Highlighted Poster Presentation

Three students and one faculty member are standing in front of their poster titled "Treatment of Speech Sound Disorders as a Function of Lexical Variables: A Stimuli Database."

Skott Jones, Associate Professor, and Jenna Abrahamsen ('18), Danielle Edelstein ('18), and Jenna Supinski ('18).

Approximately 8-9% of children exhibit speech sound disorders. Research suggests that targeting sounds in dense words with high word frequency can lead to greater accuracy on both treated and untreated words. The present study created a comprehensive database of stimuli for "The Late 8", the most commonly treated sounds in English.

Poster Presentations

Andersson, L., Hammond, A., Takatch, J., Greenan, K., Donnelly, C., & Kush, C. (2019). Diagnostic Accuracy of Tests of Children’s Language, Speech Sound Development, & Phonological Awareness. A poster session at the American Speech-Language Hearing National Convention, Orlando, FL.

Hajjar, D., & Hajjar, M. (2019). Supporting Communication and Participation in Recreation and Leisure Settings: Perspectives from Research and Clinical Practice. A poster session at the American Speech-Language Hearing National Convention, Orlando, FL.

Jones, S., Abrahamsen, J., Edelstein, D., & Supinski, J. (2019). Treatment of Speech Sound Disorders as a Function of Lexical Variables: A Stimuli Database. A poster session at the American Speech-Language Hearing National Convention, Orlando, FL.

Sanford, M., Watts, S. & McLenithan, M. (2019). Incorporating PhotoVoice as a Strategy for Improving Oral Proficiency in Adult English Language Learners. A poster session at the American Speech-Language Hearing National Convention, Orlando, FL.

Sanford, M. & Preston, A. (2019). Converging Perspectives in Developing Oral Proficiency in an Adult English Language Leaner: A Case Review. A poster session at the American Speech-Language Hearing National Convention, Orlando, FL. 

Oral Seminars

Goldman, A., Quach, W., Caswell, T., Zangari, C. & Sonntag, A. (2019). Preparing AAC Users, Families, & Emergency Personnel for Disasters. A poster session at the American Speech-Language Hearing National Convention, Orlando, FL.

Hajjar, D., Elich Monroe, J., & Durnford, S. (2019). Interprofessional Practice and Education: Perspectives from Students in Speech-Language Pathology and Recreational Therapy. A poster session at the American Speech-Language Hearing National Convention, Orlando, FL.