2019 ASHFoundation Awards and Honorees

March 22, 2020

Conferred November 22, 2019, at the annual ASHFoundation Founders Breakfast in Orlando, Florida.

Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award
Howard C. Shane
Director, Autism Language Program and Center for Communication Enhancement, Boston Children's Hospital
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement
Awarded $2,500
Verna M. Chinen

Education Specialist, Hawaii Department of Education
Honolulu, Hawaii

Rolland J. Van Hattum Award for Contribution in the Schools
Awarded $2,000; School system awarded $500
Lisa A. Keane

Speech-Language Pathologist, Broward County Schools
Coral Springs, Florida

State Clinical Achievement Awards
Brenna L. Hughes
Community Regional Medical Center

Rachel E. Cohen
Florida Schools

Juliet K. Haarbauer-Krupa
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Verna M. Chinen
Hawaii Department of Education

Leora R. Cherney
Shirley Ryan

Melissa A. Heinrichs
Select Specialty Hospital

Kristin L. Pedersen
University of Kansas

Joneen Lowman
University of Kentucky

Angela Mansolillo
Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Karen J. Kluin
Michigan Medicine

Lynn Hanson
Mississippi University for Women

Elizabeth A. McKerlie
North Kansas City School District

Ginger G. Collins
University of Montana

Joshua D. Sevier
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Tamara L. Wasserman-Wincko
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

South Dakota
Deborah A. Flynn
Mitchell Technical Institute

Manuela C. Aguilar
Longwood University

Clinical Research Grant
Awarded $50,000

Natalie Covington
Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
"Determining the Psychometric Properties of Procedural Memory Measures for the Development of a Clinical Assessment of Multiple Memory Systems"

Awarded $75,000 each

Angela Yarnell Bonino
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
"Hearing Assessment for Children With Developmental Delays"

Naomi F. Bramhall
Research Investigator, National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research
VA Portland Health Care System
"Listening Effort During Complex Speech Perception"

Erika S. Levy
Associate Professor, Columbia University
"Predictors of Intelligibility Changes in Children With Cerebral Palsy"

New Century Scholars Research Grant
Awarded $25,000 each

Pasquale Bottalico
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
"Classroom Acoustics for Enhancing Students’ Understanding When a Teacher Suffers from Voice Problems"

Frances Sayako Earle
University of Delaware
"The Use of Polysomnography to Track Perceptual Memory Consolidation in Adults With Developmental Language Impairment"

Jennifer Mozeiko
Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut
"Quantifying Communication in the Home Environments of People With Aphasia"

Ignatius S. Nip
Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
"Quantifying Tongue Movement After Radiation Therapy in Patients With Oropharyngeal Cancer"

New Investigators Research Grant
Awarded $10,000 each

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
Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina
"Assessment of Spanish-English Speakers’ Language and Literacy Development"

Zoi Gkalitsiou
Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
"Working Memory Ability in Adults Who Stutter"

Alison Eisel Hendricks
Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo
"Factors Influencing Use of Nonmainstream Dialect Features in Typically-Developing Children"

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
Assistant Professor, University of Louisville
"Auditory Processing of Suprasegmental Speech Information"

Brielle C. Stark
Assistant Professor, Indiana University
"Reliability of Spoken Discourse in Speakers With Aphasia"

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
Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston University
"Persons With Aphasia at the Cocktail Party: Influence of Linguistic-Semantic Factors on Selective Attention to Target Speech"

Student Research Grant in Audiology
Awarded $2,000

Jeong-Seo Kim
PhD Candidate, University of Iowa
Mentor: Carolyn J. Brown
"Acoustically Evoked Compound Action Potential in the Electro-Acoustic Stimulation (EAS) Cochlear Implant Users"

Ashley Rae Parker
PhD Candidate, University of Connecticut
Mentor: Erika Skoe
"The Inner Ear Protein Prestin as a Biological Index of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss"

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

Emily H. Laubscher
PhD Candidate, Pennsylvania State University
Mentor: Janice Light
"Effect of a Parent Training on Vocabulary Use for Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder"

Corinne Walker
PhD Candidate, University of Kansas
Mentor: Nancy Brady
"An Augmentative and Alternative Communication Narrative Intervention: Teaching the Art of Storytelling"

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.


New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship
Awarded $10,000 each

Defne Abur
PhD Candidate, Boston University
Area of Study: Speech Perception and Speech Motor Control

Rebecca E. Bieber
PhD Candidate, University of Maryland
Area of Study: Effects of Aging and Hearing Loss on Speech Perception

Danielle Brates
PhD Candidate, New York University
Area of Study: Variability in Normal and Disordered Adult Swallowing Physiology

Jane Ann Burton
PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University
Area of Study: Auditory Neuroscience and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Kevin Terance Cunningham
PhD Candidate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Area of Study: Aphasia; Motor Speech Disorders in Neurodegenerative Disease

Sarah K. Diehl
PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University
Area of Study: Cognitive-Linguistic Ability and Motor Speech Performance in Neurodegenerative Disorders

Yao Du
PhD Candidate, University of California, Irvine
Area of Study: Inclusive Design in Mobile/Voice Assistive Technology for Children With Communication Disorders

Laura Anne Friedman
PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Area of Study: Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Effects on Language in Adolescents and Adults

Natalie Gilmore
PhD Candidate, Boston University
Area of Study: Aphasia; Intervention for Cognitive-Linguistic Impairment After Acquired Brain Injury

Shirley Huang
PhD Candidate, University of Colorado, Boulder
Area of Study: Bilingual Language Development in Children and Culturally-Sensitive Clinical Tools

Allison Ann Johnson
PhD Candidate, University of Maryland
Area of Study: Speech Development, Production and Perception in Children Who Use Cochlear Implants

Mara Rosanne Kapsner-Smith
PhD Candidate, University of Washington
Area of Study: Neural and Learning Mechanisms Underlying Functional Voice Disorders

Renee E. King
PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Area of Study: Vocal Fold Epithelial Biology and Infectious Disease

Caroline Larson
PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Area of Study: Language and Cognitive Development: Assessment and Intervention in Children

Yina Magally Quique
PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh
Area of Study: Assessment and Treatment for Spanish Speakers With Aphasia

Camille Jane Wynn
PhD Candidate, Utah State University
Area of Study: Speech Acoustics and Prosody and Conversational Entrainment in Children

Graduate Student Scholarship
Awarded $5,000 each 

Megan Clare Bartoshuk
AuD Candidate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Maria Elana Bonvissuto
AuD Candidate, University of Akron

Amanda Renee Carver
MS Candidate, University of Oregon
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Grace McKinnon Cutchin
MS Candidate, Auburn University
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Courtney M. Green
MA Candidate, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Speech-Language Pathology

Bryant Davis Hatch
MA Candidate, George Washington University
Speech-Language Pathology

Cara Anne Imbalzano
MS Candidate, Misericordia University
Speech-Language Pathology

Daniela Kite
AuD Candidate, San Diego State University

Cailin Brooke Michael
MA Candidate, Ohio University
Speech-Language Pathology

Emily Larkin Marrow
PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University
Speech and Hearing Sciences

Brenna Nelson
MS Candidate, Brigham Young University
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Muchinka Mbewe Peele
PhD Candidate, Texas Woman's University
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Paul Blanton Rice
MS Candidate, East Tennessee State University
Speech-Language Pathology

Erika S. Squires
PhD Candidate, Wayne State University
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Austin R. Thompson
PhD Candidate, Louisiana State University
Speech-Language Pathology

International Student Scholarship
Awarded $5,000 each

Linna Jingyu Jin
PhD Candidate, University of Washington
Rehabilitation Science

Tinotenda Chiedza Mupambo
MS Candidate, East Tennessee State University
Speech-Language Pathology

Surani G. Nakkawita
PhD Candidate, Louisiana State University
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Minority Student Scholarship
Awarded $5,000 each

Rocio Alvarez
MS Candidate, Saint Xavier University
Speech-Language Pathology

David M. Sanchez
MS Candidate, University of Washington
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Bryan M. Wong
AuD/PhD Candidate, University of Arizona

NSSLHA Scholarship
Awarded $5,000 each

Ashley R. Grohmann
MS Candidate, East Tennessee State University
Speech-Language Pathology

Jennifer Elise Markfeld
MA Candidate, Vanderbilt University
Speech-Language Pathology

Roxanne K. Segina
MS Candidate, Boston University
Speech-Language Pathology

ASHA Research Conferences Travel Grants
Affiliation at time of award.

Vijayalakshmi Easwar
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Brittany N. Krekeler
PhD Student, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Hua Ou
Visiting Assistant Professor, Wayne State University

Varsha H. Rallapalli
Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University

Arianna Rigon
Medical Fellow, Vanderbilt University Medical Center