New Investigators Research Grant Recipients

The New Investigators Research Grant supports research activities of new investigators who have earned their doctorate degree within the past five years.

2021

Awarded $10,000 each

Nichol Castro
Nichol Castro
Assistant Professor
University at Buffalo
Determining the Distance of Spreading Activation in the Phonological Network of Persons With Aphasia to Inform Selection of Treatment Generalization Probes
Mackenzie E. Fama
Mackenzie E. Fama
Assistant Professor
The George Washington University
Inner Speech and Executive Function Ability in Aphasia
Annalise Fletcher
Annalise Fletcher
Assistant Professor
Utah State University
Assessing Speaker Implementation of Communication-Based Treatment Strategies
Jessica Gormley
Jessica Gormley
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Teaching Acute Care Providers to Use Visual Supports and Create Communication Opportunities in Healthcare Routines: Effects of a Just-in-Time Augmentative and Alternative Communication Training
Christopher C. Heffner
Christopher C. Heffner
Assistant Professor
University at Buffalo
Speech Perception in Parkinson’s Disease: Loudness and Rate
Thea Knowles
Thea Knowles
Assistant Professor
University at Buffalo
Prominence and Communicative Intent in Dysarthria
Marion C. Leaman
Marion C. Leaman
Assistant Professor
University of Kansas Medical Center
Therapeutic Use of Everyday Communication to Improve Conversation in Aphasia
Kelsey Mandak
Kelsey Mandak
Assistant Professor
Carlow University
Development and Evaluation of the Family-Centered Augmentative and Alternative Communication Scale
Jessica Obermeyer
Jessica Obermeyer
Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina Greensboro
Treatment to Improve Multi-Modality Discourse Production in Mild Aphasia: An Extension of Findings From Attentive Reading With Constrained Summarization-Written
Pumpki Lei Su
Pumpki Lei Su
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Delaware
Word Learning from Infant-Directed Speech in Bilingual Children
Supported by the Lois Bloom Language Development Research Fund

2020

Awarded $10,000 each

Carlos Benítez-Barrera
Carlos Benítez-Barrera
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Texas at Dallas
Quality of Auditory Environments: Impact on Neural and Behavioral Outcomes of Children From Low Socioeconomic Homes
Meghan M. Davidson
Meghan M. Davidson
Assistant Professor
University of Kansas
The Role of Social Communication Child and Text Factors in Comprehension for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Typically Developing Peers
Eileen Haebig
Eileen Haebig
Assistant Professor
Louisiana State University
Retrieval-Based Word Learning in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Kelly Nicole Jahn
Kelly Nicole Jahn
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Massachusetts Eye and Ear; Harvard Medical School
Physiological Markers of Sound Intolerance in Individuals With Hyperacusis
Brittany N. Krekeler
Brittany N. Krekeler
Postdoctoral Fellow
Northwestern University
Device Facilitated Lingual Strength and Skill: Comparison of Devices in Healthy Adults and Individuals With Stroke
Matthew Masapollo
Matthew Masapollo
Assistant Professor
University of Florida
Mechanisms of Speech Motor Sequence Learning
Jena McDaniel
Jena McDaniel
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Kansas
Increasing Child Vocalizations to Facilitate Language Skills of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Supported by the Lois Bloom Language Development Research Fund
Victoria Sue McKenna
Victoria Sue McKenna
Assistant Professor
University of Cincinnati
Sensorimotor Reflexes in Hyperfunctional Voice Disorders
Ileana Ratiu
Ileana Ratiu
Assistant Professor
Midwestern University
The Impact of Auditory Distraction on Executive Function and Reading Comprehension in Individuals With and Without Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: An Eye-Tracking Study
Naomi Rodgers
Naomi Rodgers
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Visual Social Attention Among Adolescents Who Stutter

2019

Awarded $10,000 each

Jamie Beth Boster
Jamie Beth Boster
Director of Speech and Language Research
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Increasing Social Interactions Between Children With Complex Communication Needs and Peers: Effects of a Collaborative Photography Intervention and Parallel Training for Speech-Language Pathologists
Lisa Fitton
Lisa Fitton
Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina
Assessment of Spanish-English Speakers' Language and Literacy Development
Zoi Gkalitsiou
Zoi Gkalitsiou
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Austin
Working Memory Ability in Adults Who Stutter
Alison Eisel Hendricks
Alison Eisel Hendricks
Assistant Professor
University at Buffalo
Factors Influencing Use of Nonmainstream Dialect Features in Typically-Developing Children
Corinne A. Jones
Corinne A. Jones
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Austin
Objective Measurement of Swallowing Physiology in Multiple Sclerosis and Response to Dalfampridine
Shae D. Morgan
Shae D. Morgan
Assistant Professor
University of Louisville
Auditory Processing of Suprasegmental Speech Information
Brielle C. Stark
Brielle C. Stark
Assistant Professor
Indiana University
Reliability of Spoken Discourse in Speakers With Aphasia
Michelle C.S. Therrien
Michelle C.S. Therrien
Assistant Professor
Florida State University
Training Preschool Teachers to Support Peer Interaction for Children With Complex Communication Needs
Sarah N. Villard
Sarah N. Villard
Postdoctoral Fellow
Boston University
Persons With Aphasia at the Cocktail Party: Influence of Linguistic-Semantic Factors on Selective Attention to Target Speech

2018

Awarded $10,000 each

Lauren M. Cycyk
Lauren M. Cycyk
Assistant Professor
University of Oregon
Maternal Mental Health and Early Language Experiences of Children from Latino Homes
Ashley B. de Marchena
Ashley B. de Marchena
Assistant Professor
University of the Sciences
Putting it all Together: Comprehension of Speech-Gesture Integration by Verbally Fluent Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Vijayalakshmi Easwar
Vijayalakshmi Easwar
Visiting Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Short- and Long-Term Influence of Context on Vowel-Evoked Envelope Following Responses
Amanda M. Griffin
Amanda M. Griffin
Director of Audiology Research
Boston Children's Hospital
Effect of Hearing Device use on Speech-in-Noise Abilities in Children With Single-Sided Deafness
Christine E. Holyfield
Christine E. Holyfield
Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas
Comparative Effects of Symbol Representation on Acquisition in School-Aged Children With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Kathleen F. Nagle
Kathleen F. Nagle
Assistant Professor
Seton Hall University
Investigating Variability in use of the Consensus Auditory-Perceptual Evaluation of Voice (CAPE-V)
Sarah E. Perry
Sarah E. Perry
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Columbia University
Investigating the Role of Attentional Resource Allocation on Cough Reflex Sensitivity in Parkinson's Disease
Emily D. Quinn
Emily D. Quinn
Assistant Professor
Oregon Health and Science University
Delivering Enhanced Milieu Teaching to Children With Down Syndrome Via Telepractice
Varsha H. Rallapalli
Varsha H. Rallapalli
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Northwestern University
Preference for Combined Hearing Aid Signal Processing
Arianna Rigon
Arianna Rigon
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Neurophysiological Markers of Emotional Reactivity in Traumatic Brain Injury
Allison J. Schaser
Allison J. Schaser
Postdoctoral Researcher
Oregon Health and Science University
Alpha-Synuclein Aggregate Pathology in the Vocal Communication System in a Mouse Model of Parkinson's Disease

2017

Awarded $10,000 each

Hyunju Chung
Hyunju Chung
Assistant Professor
Louisiana State University
Facilitative Phonetic Contexts for English Lateral Liquid /l/ Productions in Young Children
Naomi Eichorn
Naomi Eichorn
Assistant Professor
University of Memphis
Cognitive Flexibility and Effortful Control in School-Aged Children Who Stutter
Memorie M. Gosa
Memorie M. Gosa
Assistant Professor
University of Alabama
Usefulness of the Adapted Pre-Feeding Skills Checklist for Identification of Oral Phase Dysphagia in Non-Medically Complex Children With Feeding Problems
Joanna Lee
Joanna Lee
Assistant Research Scientist
University of Iowa
Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Children With Bilateral Mild-to-Severe Hearing Loss
Ian B. Mertes
Ian B. Mertes
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Role of Olivocochlear Efferents for Listening in Dynamic Noise
Rene L. Utianski
Rene L. Utianski
Assistant Professor
Mayo Clinic
Assessment of the Utility of Electroencephalographic (EEG) Measures to Distinguish Between Phenotypes of Progressive Apraxia of Speech

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