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, December 5, 2016

Peer Advisor Office Hours Notice


The Peer Advisors' office hours for this week and next week are cancelled.

If you have any questions you can email csdug@jmu.edu to set up an appointment with Katie or Andi. 

Good luck with finals! We know you will do great!

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).

Friday, October 14, 2016

Cancellation of Office Hours on Thursday, October 20

Hello, Seniors,
Due to a schedule conflict, I will have to cancel the office hours on Thursday, October 20.
I will hold the office hours on the next day, Friday, October 21, between 8:30 and 9:30 am in my office.
Hope you are enjoying the nice weather,
Dr. Nie

Friday, October 7, 2016

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Welcome, Dr. Piker!

Happy Fall, CSD Students!

It is a season of change in the valley as the Blue Ridge mountains transform to a sea of warm orange and gold. With this season of change has come new faculty members to enhance our already distinguished/impressive CSD department.Dr. Piker is a new Audiology professor here at James Madison University! While she remains unbeknownst to the undergraduates this semester, the juniors will be seeing her next semester in CSD 318 Aural Rehabilitation.

Originally from Virginia, Dr. Piker is excited to be back in her home state after having the opportunity to experience different areas of the country! She received her Bachelor's degree at William and Mary in linguistics and psychology and then decided to take a year off. In that time, she discovered the option of an Audiology career and decided to take the knowledge she gained and utilize it to learn more about the inner ear and the neurology of the auditory system. Choosing to experience a new place, Dr. Piker moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she attended Vanderbilt for her Doctoral of Audiology.  Her fascination for the vestibular system inspired her to conduct research at Vanderbilt and consequently earn her Ph.D. This was the beginning of her career as a Researcher of Audiology! After receiving her Ph.D., she moved to North Carolina for a position as a researcher and clinician at Duke University.  In this position, she was exposed to teaching as students from University of North Carolina's program came to her clinic for student clinic hours. It was there that she realized her passion for imparting knowledge on the central auditory system to others. This year, Dr. Piker set out to search for a balance between research, clinic, and teaching and she found it at, none other than our very own, James Madison University! Here at JMU, she is the Director of the Vestibular Sciences Lab, a professor for the Au.D. Program, and a professor for the CSD Undergraduates .  Her research consists of analyzing and improving diagnostic assessments for patients who suffer from problems with their equilibrium.

Not only has this year been an exciting one for her professional career, but she was also blessed with a baby girl! She and her family are looking forward to enjoying the mountains and all of the fall festivities offered in the Shenandoah Valley.

We are so excited to have you as part of the faculty at James Madison University, Dr. Piker. Welcome!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Welcome, Dr. Lee!

The temperatures are dropping and the leaves turning gold... Autumn is almost at our doorsteps! Before we welcome the new season, let's first give a warm welcome to Dr. Jaime Lee to the James Madison University CSD department! Her area of specialty is adult neurogenic communication disorders. Her clinical experience is specifically with individuals suffering from strokes and traumatic brain injuries.  Dr. Lee is proof that your first job after graduate school can pave the way for the rest of your career as it was during her Clinical Fellowship Year  that she began working with individuals with cognitive communication deficits. She found it immediately fascinating, challenging, and meaningful which lead her to continue on that same path! 
After her Clinical Fellowship Year at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), she continued on as a staff clinician on the Stroke and Brain Injury units and eventually transitioned into a research position with the Center for Aphasia Research. Dr. Lee completed her PhD at the University of Oregon, where she continued to pursue aphasia research and worked as a Clinical Supervisor in the University Speech-Language Clinic. Here at JMU, Dr. Lee is teaching the graduate level course, Communication Disorders following Traumatic Brain Injury, this semester, and will be instructing another graduate course, Language Disorders in Adults, in the spring, along with the undergraduate lecture, CSD 416 Organic Speech Disorders.  While teaching, Dr. Lee is starting her new research program evaluating treatment techniques for aphasia. Her goal is to add to the evidence-based practices (EBPs) available to clinicians working with individuals with aphasia. As a new professor at James Madison University, she is looking forward to inspiring students to become excellent clinicians in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. Welcome to JMU’s CSD department, Dr. Lee!