2018 ASHFoundation Awards and Honorees

November 16, 2018

Conferred November 16, 2018, at the annual ASHFoundation Founders Breakfast in Boston, Massachusetts.

Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award
Joseph R. Duffy
Emeritus, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement
Awarded $2,000
John Consalvi

Founder & CEO, SPEDhunters LLC
Evanston, Illinois

Rolland J. Van Hattum Award for Contribution in the Schools
Awarded $1,500; School system awarded $500
Elizabeth A. Fitzpatrick

Speech Coach, New York City Department of Education, District 75
Brooklyn, New York

State Clinical Achievement Awards
Twyla Y. Perryman
University of West Georgia

Joni Loftin
Idaho State University

John Consalvi
SPEDhunters LLC

Joseph Constantine
Eastern Kentucky University

Shelley Chesney
Chesney Center Therapies

Sandra Cohn Thau
Emerson College

North Carolina
Sherri Winslow
East Carolina University

Elaine Mormer
University of Pittsburgh

South Carolina
Sarah Scarborough
University of South Carolina

Michelle Quinn
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Researcher–Practitioner Collaboration Grant
Awarded $35,000 per team

Michelle S. Bourgeois
Professor, University of South Florida
Jennifer A. Brush
CEO, Brush Development, Inc.
"Intergenerational Montessori Program for Adults With Memory Concerns"

Jessica G. Caron
Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University
Meghan O’Brien

Speech-Language Pathologist II, Boston Children’s Hospital
"Online Training and Implementation of Adapted Literacy Instruction by Pre- and In-Service Speech-Language Pathologists"

Katherine Hutcheson
Associate Professor, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Heather M. Starmer

Clinical Assistant Professor/Director, Head and Neck Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation at the Stanford Cancer Center
"Adaptation and Validation of the Dynamic Imaging Grade of Swallowing Toxicity (DIGEST) for Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)"

Sarah F. Poissant
Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
Lisa Rylant

Clinical Audiologist, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
"Alternate Stimuli for Use in Behavioral Audiometric Assessment of Difficult-to-Test Populations"

New Century Scholars Research Grant
Awarded $25,000 each

Sriram Boothalingam
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"One Stone, Three Birds: A Concurrent Clinical Test of Cochlear, Middle Ear Muscle Reflex, and Medial Olivocochlear Reflex Function"
Supported by Wayne and Marilyn Olsen Audiology Research Fund

Elizabeth Erickson DiRenzo
Assistant Professor, Stanford University
"Development of Model Systems to Investigate the Laryngeal Health Effects of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)"

Hua Ou
Visiting Assistant Professor, Wayne State University
"Will Optimized Written Instructions be as Effective as Audiological Service for OTC Hearing Device Users?"

Stephanie Ries-Cornou
Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
"Word Retrieval in Spanish-English Bilinguals After Stroke"

New Investigators Research Grant
Awarded $10,000 each

Lauren M. Cycyk
Assistant Professor, University of Oregon
"Maternal Mental Health and Early Language Experiences of Children from Latino Homes"

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
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison
"Short- and Long-Term Influence of Context on Vowel-Evoked Envelope Following Responses"

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
Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas
"Comparative Effects of Symbol Representation on Acquisition in School-Aged Children With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities"

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
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University
"Investigating the Role of Attentional Resource Allocation on Cough Reflex Sensitivity in Parkinson’s Disease"

Emily D. Quinn
Assistant Professor, Oregon Health and Science University
"Delivering Enhanced Milieu Teaching to Children With Down Syndrome Via Telepractice"

Varsha H. Rallapalli
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Northwestern University
"Preference for Combined Hearing Aid Signal Processing"

Arianna Rigon
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
"Neurophysiological Markers of Emotional Reactivity in Traumatic Brain Injury"

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"

2018 ASHA Convention: Boston Recipients Tell Their Stories
Hear Sofia Vallila Rohter, Tiffany Hogan, Swathi Kiran, Emily Zimmerman, and Jennifer Zuk explain how their ASHFoundation funding is helping advance their research.


Student Research Grant in Audiology
Awarded $2,000

Kathryn B. Wiseman
PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Dallas
Mentor: Andrea Warner-Czyz
"Inconsistent Device Use in Young Cochlear Implant Users"

Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development
Awarded $2,000

Ashwaq A. Alzamel
PhD Candidate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mentor: Elizabeth Crais
"Digging Beneath the Surface: A Multidimensional Approach to Examining Sex Differences in Social Pragmatic Profiles and Conversation Quality Among Children With ASD and TD"

Olga Peskova
PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Dallas
Mentor: Peter Assmann
"Evaluation of Speech Perception and Production Error Patterns in Pediatric Cochlear Implant Users"

New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship
Awarded $10,000 each

Russell Edealo Banks
PhD Candidate, Michigan State University
Area of Study: Effects of Brain Injury on Speech and Voice

Natalie V. Covington
PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University
Area of Study: Memory and Learning Profiles in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury

James Arthur Curtis
PhD Candidate, Columbia University
Area of Study: Dysphagia; Objective Swallowing Assessment Techniques, and Targeted Treatment

Jessica Elsbeth Gormley
PhD Candidate, Pennsylvania State University
Area of Study: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies for Children with Complex Communication Needs in Inpatient Settings

Brittany Nicole Jaekel
PhD Candidate, University of Maryland
Area of Study: Improving Speech Understanding Outcomes for Users of Cochlear Implants

Kelly N. Jahn
PhD Candidate, University of Washington
Area of Study: The Peripheral Auditory System and Interventions for Cochlear Implant Listeners

Heather M. Kabakoff
PhD Candidate, New York University
Area of Study: Speech Sound Disorders and Intervention for Children with Residual Speech Errors

Brittany N. Krekeler
PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Area of Study: Swallowing and Exercise-Based Interventions for Dysphagia

Charles M. Lenell
PhD Candidate, New York University
Area of Study: Voice and Swallowing Disorders in Aging Populations

Gabriela Meade
PhD Candidate, San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego
Area of Study: Neuro-Cognition of Language Comprehension; Visual Word Processing and Dyslexia

Vidisha G. Mohad
PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Area of Study: Genetics of Vocal Fold Development

Cara Sauder
PhD Candidate, University of Washington
Area of Study: Assessment of Voice and Resonance Disorders

Maureen Shader
PhD Candidate, University of Maryland
Area of Study: Auditory Aging and Cochlear Implants

Kaila L. Stipancic
PhD Candidate, MGH Institute of Health Professions
Area of Study: Motor Control of Speech and Swallowing

Kacie E. Wittke
PhD Candidate, University of Connecticut
Area of Study: Children with Specific Language Impairment and Relationship of Non-Linguistic Deficits

Mary Claire Wofford
PhD Candidate, Florida State University
Area of Study: Bilingual Language and Literacy Development

Graduate Student Scholarship
Awarded $5,000 each 

Sofia Benson-Goldberg
PhD Candidate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Speech and Hearing Sciences

Philip Robert Curtis
PhD Candidate, Northwestern University
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Celeste Marie DiLauro
MS Candidate, Columbia University
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Jennifer H. Fortin
MS Candidate, Nazareth College
Speech-Language Pathology

Thorfun Gehebe 
PhD Candidate, City University of New York
Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences

Jesse D. Hoffmeister
PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hannah R. Jones
MS Candidate, University of Arizona
Speech-Language Pathology

David Michael Kessler
AuD Candidate, Vanderbilt University

Benjamin Kost
MA Candidate, University of Iowa
Speech-Language Pathology

Jenna Claire Lesser
MS Candidate, Rush University 
Speech-Language Pathology

Yureli Anai Lopez
MA Candidate, San Diego State University 
Speech-Language Pathology

Sara Misurelli
AuD Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jasmine A. Weinman
MS Candidate, New York Medical College
Speech-Language Pathology

Student With a Disability Scholarship  
Awarded $5,000

Courtney R. Claxton
MS Candidate, University of Central Missouri
Communication Sciences and Disorders 

International Student Scholarship
Awarded $5,000 each

Henry Angulo
PhD Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Speech and Hearing Sciences

Manaswita Dutta
PhD Candidate, Indiana University
Speech and Hearing Sciences

Chitrali Ramakant Mamlekar
PhD Candidate, University of Cincinnati
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Minority Student Scholarship
Awarded $5,000 each

Diana L. Abarca
MA Candidate, University of Central Florida
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Frances Bueno
MS Candidate, University of Washington
Speech-Language Pathology

Valeria Sofia Garcia
MA Candidate, San Diego State University
Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences

NSSLHA Scholarship
Awarded $5,000 each

Tarynn Nicoal Clune
MS Candidate, Bowling Green State University
Speech-Language Pathology

Allison Marie Flanigan
MA Candidate, University of Cincinnati
Speech-Language Pathology

Richard (RJ) Risueño
MS Candidate, Arizona State University
Speech-Language Pathology

ASHA Research Conferences Travel Grants
Affiliation at time of award.

Karen Chenausky
Postdoctoral Fellow, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Hyunju Chung
Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University

Naomi Eichorn
Assistant Professor, University of Memphis

Memorie Gosa
Assistant Professor, University of Alabama

Jena McDaniel
PhD Student, Vanderbilt University