Monday, September 25, 2017

Scholarship!
NSSLHA is offering scholarships fro current sophomores and juniors! If you are interested please check out the link below! The application deadline is December 4.












CSD Elective Seminar in Spring 2018
Dr. Christina Kuo is offering CSD 490: Special Studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders in the upcoming Spring semester as an elective.
This is a 3-credit seminar course that is a focused study of selected topics in communication sciences and disorders. The course will offer opportunities to examine clinically and theoretically relevant issues in research on human communication and aims at highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of communication sciences and disorders. The nature of the course will also provide opportunities for exposure to research and research methods. The course will incorporate hands-on learning experiences such as literature review, labs, and writing exercises.
The topic emphasis for Spring 2018 will be on the understanding of speech, and through an examination of this, speech production, perception, and relevant topics will be surveyed. Understanding of speech, or intelligibility, is a topic relevant for speech, language, as well as hearing sciences and associated disciplines and fields of study. Effective communication requires that a person produces speech signals that are sufficient for the communication partner to receive and decode. The underlying mechanisms associated with intelligibility, the theoretical development of a framework for understanding intelligibility, and its clinical relevance will be considered. 
Approval and permission is required for enrollment in this course. If interested, contact Dr. Kuo (kuocx@jmu.edu).


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Welcome Back!

Please explore all of the information.  We have been working to make sure everything is updated for the 2017-2018 school year.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

NOTICE for all CSD Undergrads!

Ethics Award

This year's Student Ethics Essay Award asks communication sciences and disorders (CSD) students to explore the ethical challenges of independent and evidence-based clinical judgment. First-place winner receives $750 and a complimentary student registration to the 2017 ASHA Convention in Los Angeles! Deadline to enter is April 14.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Congratulations from the CSD Department!

CONGRATULATIONS to CSD students that have been in offered membership in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi!

You have been elected to membership based on your superior academic achievement. This is one of the highest honors that can be conferred on a student at James Madison University.  Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest honor society and the only one at JMU that elects its members from all academic disciplines based on scholarship.  Standards for election to Phi Kappa Phi are extremely high.  Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of second-term juniors, the top 10 percent of seniors and the top 10 percent of graduate students.

Be proud of your accomplishment and we encourage you to accept this honored invitation!

~Dr. O'Donoghue

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Robin C. McKay Memorial Scholarship

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders 
is now accepting applications for the 

Robin C. McKay 
Memorial Scholarship 

This is a $900 per semester award for the Fall and Spring 
semesters of the Senior year. This is not a need-based 
scholarship but, rather, is awarded to a well-rounded and academically proficient student studying in the fields of Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology. 

To be eligible for the McKay Scholarship you must: 
· Be a CSD Major 
· Be a Junior (rising Senior) 
· Have a minimum GPA in the major of 3.25 
· Have completed CSD 200, 207, 208, 209, 300 & 301 

To apply for the McKay Scholarship you must: 
· Submit a resume of past accomplishments/achievements 
· Write a brief personal statement as to future goals/aspirations 
(no more than 1 page) 

Materials must be turned in to the CSD departmental office by March 16, 2017 
Questions should be directed to Dr. Pavelko, HBS 1004, pavelksl@jmu.edu 

The McKay Scholarship was established in 1988 by family and friends in memory of Robin McKay, a student in the CSD department at JMU. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Robin joined the Peace Corps for two years. She founded a program for deaf children in Kingston, Jamaica. Robin died suddenly, just days after finishing with the Peace Corps and weeks prior to entering graduate school in Audiology. The recipient of this scholarship will be given a biographical sketch of Robin, and the McKay family is provided the name and contact information for the student that receives the award.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Grad Students' Perspective on the 2016 ASHA Convention

The 2016 ASHA Convention was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA from November 17-19. A number of JMU grad students and CSD professors were able to attend among thousands of other attendees in the speech-language pathology and audiology field. Two JMU grad students, Kendall and Leslie, share some insight on how their first experience at the ASHA Convention went as they heard about the latest research in the field and gained knowledge from other professionals over the course of the weekend.

What did you like about the Convention?
Kendall: It was an overall great experience to see how the field is outside of school, but also not in a clinical setting. It was awesome to see what research other professionals are doing.
Leslie: I liked the variety of presentation topics and the freebies! I also liked that I learned more about areas that we just don’t have time to discuss in graduate school.

Did you find it worthwhile?
Kendall: Yes, I learned a lot about our scope of practice and it also helped narrow my interests.
Leslie: The ASHA Convention opened my eyes to the variety of career options for SLPs. The presentations I attended covered a diverse range of topics including: assessing cognition of student athletes pre- and post-concussion, toddlers and technology, and teletherapy outcomes for patients with primary progressive aphasia.

What was your favorite part?
Kendall: My favorite talk was a kinesiology and speech one where they showed us movements that could be used to teach kids speech sounds.
Leslie: My favorite part was spending time with my classmates from JMU and discussing our thoughts on what we learned!

What did you wish you knew prior to going?
Kendall: I wish I knew to wear comfier shoes because the convention hall was huge. I also wish I had picked which talks and posters I wanted to go to ahead of time instead of picking them out on the fly while I was there.
Leslie: I wish I had known just how massive the convention center would be. I learned that when planning out your day, you need to consider how far away one presentation location is from another. Sessions were held in multiple buildings and travel time was limited!

Did it help you decide what topics you’re interested or not interested in?
Kendall: It definitely emphasized that I want to work with children.
Leslie: Yes and no. I think it showed me that I could be happy in just about any setting. Everything was new and interesting!

Would you go again?
Kendall: I can see myself going again when I am a clinician.
Leslie: Yes! The ASHA Convention was a great way to learn about current research topics and therapy trends. It was also a useful networking opportunity and a great reminder about why this field is so important!

Monday, November 7, 2016

NEW CSD Seminar in Spring 2017!

Dr. Christina Kuo is offering CSD 490: Special Studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders this Spring as an elective for CSD students.

This is a 3-credit seminar course, and the topic emphasis will be on intelligibility – the understanding of speech.  This is a topic relevant for both speech and language as well as hearing sciences.  Communication requires that a person produces speech signals that are sufficient for the communication partner to understand.  The underlying mechanisms associated with intelligibility, the theoretical development of a framework for understanding intelligibility, and its clinical relevance will be considered. 

If interested, contact Dr. Kuo (kuocx@jmu.edu).