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New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship Recipients

The New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship supports students enrolled in a research/teaching doctoral program (PhD or equivalent) who demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to a teacher-investigator career in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

2015

Awarded $10,000 each

2015-Brookshire-NCSDSCarmel E. Brookshire
PhD Candidate
University of Washington
Area of Study: Acquired Reading Impairment in Individuals with Aphasia


2015-Case-NCSDSJulie E. Case
PhD Candidate
New York University
Area of Study: Speech Motor Control in Children


2015-Corbin-NCSDSNicole E. Corbin
PhD Candidate
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Area of Study: Pediatric Audiology and Auditory Development


2015-Cunningham-NCSDSBarbara J. Cunningham
PhD Candidate
McMaster University
Area of Study: Speech-Language Treatment Outcomes for Preschoolers


Davidson-2015-NCSDSMeghan M. Davidson
PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Area of Study: Language, Cognition, and Literacy in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder


2015-Fama-NCSDSMackenzie E. Fama
PhD Candidate
Georgetown University
Area of Study: Cognitive Neuroscience, Aphasia, and Language Recovery


Gustafson-2015-NCSDSSamantha J. Gustafson
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Area of Study: Influence of Hearing Loss and Assistive Technology on Developmental Outcomes in Children


2015-Henderson-NCSDSDavis E. Henderson
PhD Candidate
Arizona State University
Area of Study: Accurate Dynamic Assessment of Language in Native American Children


2015-Koerner-NCSDSTess K. Koerner
PhD Candidate
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Area of Study: Auditory Neuroscience and Speech Perception in Noise


2015-Lowe-NCSDSMara E. Steinberg Lowe
PhD Candidate
New York University
Area of Study: Language Processing and Production; Fluency Disorders


2015-Lugo-Neris-NCSDSMirza Jeannette Lugo-Neris
PhD Candidate
University of Texas at Austin
Area of Study: Bilingual Language and Cognition


2015-Lundine-NCSDSJennifer P. Lundine
PhD Candidate
Ohio State University
Area of Study: Cognition and Language Following Pediatric Brain Injury


2015-Murray-NCSDSElizabeth Heller Murray
PhD Candidate
Boston University
Area of Study: Voice, Resonance, and Potential Sensory Deficits in Individuals with Voice Disorders


2015-O'Brien-NCSDSKathryn H. O'Brien
PhD Candidate
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Area of Study: Cognitive Rehabilitation After Traumatic Brain Injury


2015-Quick-NCSDSNancy A. Quick
PhD Candidate
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Area of Study: Pediatric Auditory Rehabilitation and Literacy Outcomes


2015-Sheppard-NCSDSShannon MacKenzie Sheppard
PhD Candidate
San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego
Area of Study: Sentence Processing in Aphasia


2015-Smith-NCSDSSpencer B. Smith
PhD Candidate
University of Arizona
Area of Study: Auditory Neuroscience and Electrophysiology


2015-Wieland-NDCSDSElizabeth A. Wieland
PhD Candidate
Michigan State University
Area of Study: Developmental Stuttering


2015-Zuk-NCSDSJennifer M. Zuk
PhD Candidate
Harvard University
Area of Study: Cognitive Neuroscience; Child Speech, Language and Literacy Disorders

 

2014

Awarded $10,000 each

2014_BartonHulsey_NCSDSAndrea Barton-Hulsey
PhD Candidate
Georgia State University
Area of Study: Augmentative and Alternative Communication; Reading Development


2014_Bologna_NCSDSWilliam J. Bologna
PhD Candidate
University of Maryland, College Park
Area of Study: Hearing and Multi-Speaker Speech Perception
Wayne and Marilyn Olsen Audiology Research Fund


2014_Caron_NCSDSJessica G. Caron
PhD Candidate
Pennsylvania State University
Area of Study: Augmentative and Alternative Communication; Application of Mobile Technology Access


2014_Feenaughty_NCSDSLynda Feenaughty
PhD Candidate
University at Buffalo
Area of Study: Motor Speech Disorders and Communication in Individuals with Neurodegenerative Disease


2014_Finney_NCSDSMianisha Finney
PhD Candidate
Ohio University
Area of Study: Specific Language Impairment in Children and the Role of Cognitive Mechanisms


2014_Gross_NCSDSMegan Gross
PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Area of Study: Language Control and Code-Switching in Bilingual Children


2014_Jones_NCSDSCorinne Jones
PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Area of Study: Sensorimotor Control of Voice and Swallowing in Parkinson Disease


2014_Keck_NCSDSCasey S. Keck
PhD Candidate
University of Cincinnati
Area of Study: Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury; Telehealth


2014_Madhavan_NCSDSAarthi Madhavan
PhD Candidate
University of Florida
Area of Study: Preclinical Dysphagia in Healthy Elderly Adults and Elderly Adults at Risk for Dysphagia


2014_McGill_NCSDSMegann N. McGill
PhD Candidate
University of Texas at Austin
Area of Study: Fluency Disorders and Phonological Working Memory


2014_Mueller_NCSDSJana Mueller
PhD Candidate
University of Texas at Dallas
Area of Study: Cognitive-Communication Rehabilitation in Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury


2014_Novaleski_NCSDSCarolyn K. Novaleski
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Area of Study: Voice Disorders and Biological Examination of Phonotrauma


2014_Oder_NCSDSAustin L. Oder
PhD Candidate
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Area of Study: Neuroscience of Early Communication; Infant Brain Development and Oral Motor Control


2014_Patterson_NCSDSJessie N. Patterson
PhD Candidate
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Area of Study: Vestibular and Balance Science; Post-Concussion Deficits and Assessment


2014_Ratiu_NCSDSIleana Ratiu
PhD Candidate
Arizona State University
Area of Study: Bilingualism and Traumatic Brain Injury


2014_Sherman_NCSDSMelissa C. Sherman
PhD Candidate
University of Texas at Dallas
Area of Study: Language Acquisition and Word Learning in Children


2014_VanStan_NCSDSJarrad Van Stan
PhD Candidate
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Area of Study: Voice Assessment and Rehabilitation; Ambulatory Monitoring and Biofeedback


2014_Villard_NCSDSSarah Villard
PhD Candidate
Boston University
Area of Study: Aphasia Rehabilitation and the Role of Cognitive Processes and Attention

 

2013

Awarded $10,000 each

2013_Cardon_NCSDSGarrett Cardon
PhD Candidate
University of Colorado, Boulder
Area of Study: Audiology and Cognitive Neuroscience


2013_Earle_NCSDSFrances Sayako Earle
PhD Candidate
University of Connecticut
Area of Study: Perceptual Learning and Emergence of Phonetic Categories


2013_Evans_NCSDSWilliam Evans
PhD Candidate
Boston University
Area of Study: Cognitive Communication Deficits in Aphasia


2013_FalconerHorne_NCSDSCarolyn Falconer-Horne
PhD Candidate
New York University
Area of Study: Neurorehabilitation of Aphasia and Related Motor Speech Disorders


2013_Ferrill_NCSDSMichelle Ferrill
PhD Candidate
San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego
Area of Study: Lexical Access and Auditory Language Processing in Aphasia


2013_Focht_NCSDSKendrea Focht
PhD Candidate
Medical University of South Carolina
Area of Study: Age-Related Swallowing Changes Across the Healthy Adult Lifespan


2013_Grant_NCSDSLaura Grant
PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Area of Study: Neural Mechanisms Underlying Voice and Swallow Function


2013_Gray_Teresa_NCSDSTeresa Gray
PhD Candidate
Boston University
Area of Study: Bilingual Aphasia and Language Access


2013-Greenslade-NCSDSKathryn Greenslade
PhD Candidate
University of Washington
Area of Study: Social-Communication Impairments in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders


2013_Helou_NCSDSLeah Helou
PhD Candidate
University of Pittsburgh
Area of Study: Voice Biomechanics and Mind-Voice Pathways


2013_Isetti_NCSDSDerek Isetti
PhD Candidate
University of Washington
Area of Study: Spasmodic Dysphonia and Psychosocial Consequences of Living with Chronic Voice Disorders


2013_McClannahan_NCSDSKatrina McClannahan
PhD Candidate
University of Washington
Area of Study: Neural Mechanisms of Perceptual Learning Related to Rehabilitation of People with Hearing Loss


2013_Page_NCSDSThomas Page
PhD Candidate
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Area of Study: Communication Development in Children with Hearing Loss


2013_Schaser_NCSDSAllison Schaser
PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Area of Study: Voice and Swallowing: Effects of Age and Exercise-Related Changes


2013_Svec_NCSDSAdam Svec
PhD Candidate
University of Minnesota
Area of Study: Speech Perception in Background Noise and Listeners with Hearing Loss


2013_Weiler_NCSDSBrian Weiler
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Area of Study: Child Language Disorders, Grammatical Morphology, and Complex Syntax Development

 

2012

Awarded $10,000 each

2012 Baiduc - NCSDSRachael R. Baiduc
PhD Candidate
Northwestern University
Area of Study: Auditory Function and High-Risk Patients


2012 Bartley - NCSDSJanine L.S. Bartley
PhD Candidate
Florida State University
Area of Study: Early Intervention and Autism Spectrum Disorder


2012 Burns - NCSDSMichael I. Burns
PhD Candidate
University of Washington
Area of Study: Patient-Provider Communication During Medical Interactions


2012 Coalson - NCSDSGeoffrey A. Coalson
PhD Candidate
University of Texas at Austin
Area of Study: Language-based Variables on Developmental Stuttering


2012 Garnett - NCSDSEmily O'Dell Garnett
PhD Candidate
University of South Carolina
Area of Study: Fluency Disorders; Neurogenic Communication Disorders


2012 Gladfelter - NCSDSAllison Gladfelter
PhD Candidate
Purdue University
Area of Study: Language Development and Autism Spectrum Disorder


2012 Hollister - NCSDSJulia Hollister
PhD Candidate
University of Iowa
Area of Study: Fluency and Impacts of Language and Temperament


2012 Jette - NCSDSMarie Jette
PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Area of Study: Laryngeal Disease


2012 King - NCSDSSuzanne N. King
PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Area of Study: Vocal Fold Scarring


2012 Kirby - NCSDSBenjamin Kirby
PhD Candidate
University of Iowa
Area of Study: Cortical Evoked Potentials and Auditory Prostheses


2012 Lund - NCSDSEmily Lund
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Area of Study: Word-learning in Monolingual and Bilingual Children with Hearing Loss


2012 Mamo - NCSDSSara K. Mamo
PhD Candidate
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Area of Study: Speech Perception and Aging Auditory System


2012 Mozeiko - NCSDSJennifer Mozeiko
PhD Candidate
University of Connecticut
Area of Study: Traumatic Brain Injury; Aphasia


2012 Souto - NCSDSSofia M. Souto
PhD Candidate
Indiana University, Bloomington
Area of Study: Bilingual Language Development and Specific Language Impairment


2012 Utianski - NCSDSRene Lynn Utianski
PhD Candidate
Arizona State University
Area of Study: Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience


2012 Vallila - NCSDSSofia Vallila
PhD Candidate
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Area of Study: Aphasia Rehabilitation; Learning and Memory


2012 Ziegler - GSSAaron Ziegler
PhD Candidate
University of Pittsburgh
Area of Study: Voice Science; Vocal Biomechanics

 

2011

Awarded $10,000 each

2011_AndersonSamira Anderson
PhD Candidate
Northwestern University
Area of Study: Auditory Neuroscience



2011_Bartlett_RebeccaRebecca S. Bartlett
PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Area of Study: Voice and Swallowing


 

2011_BramhallNaomi Bramhall
PhD Candidate
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Area of Study: Hair Cell Regeneration and Hereditary Hearing Loss


 

2011_Cabbage_KatyKathryn L. Cabbage
PhD Candidate
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Area of Study: Speech Perception and Phonological Processing


 

2011_ChooAi Leen Choo
PhD Candidate
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Area of Study: Fluency Disorders


 

2011_DarlingMeghan Darling
PhD Candidate
Purdue University
Area of Study: Motor Speech Disorders


 

2011_Parbery_ClarkAlexandra Parbery-Clark
PhD Candidate
Northwestern University
Area of Study: Auditory Neuroscience


 

2011_SchwarzAmy L. Schwarz
PhD Candidate
University of Texas at Dallas
Area of Study: Language and Early Literacy


 

2011_ShuneSamantha E. Shune
PhD Candidate
The University of Iowa
Area of Study: Swallowing and Related Disorders


 

2011_Wisman_WeilLisa Wisman Weil
PhD Candidate
Purdue University
Area of Study: Child Language Development

 


2010

Awarded $10,000 each

2010NCSDS-JuliaCampbellJulia Campbell
PhD Candidate
University of Colorado at Boulder

 

 

2010NCSDS-ElizabethEricksonElizabeth Erickson
PhD Candidate
Purdue University


 

2010NCSDS-KathleenFaulknerKathleen Faulkner
PhD Candidate
University of Washington


 

2010NCSDS-GerasimosFergadiotisGerasimos Fergadiotis
PhD Candidate
Arizona State University


 

2010NCSDS-JenyaIuzziniJenya Iuzzini
PhD Candidate
Indiana University


 

2010NCSDS-LisaLaGorioLisa LaGorio
PhD Candidate
University of Florida


 

2010NCSDS-GiangPhamGiang T. Pham
PhD Candidate
University of Minnesota


 

2010NCSDS-MaryBethSchmittMary Beth Schmitt
PhD Candidate
The Ohio State University


 

2010NCSDS-KrystalWerfelKrystal L. Werfel
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University

 



2009

Awarded $10,000 each

2009NCSDS-Francois-XavierBrajotFrancois-Xavier Brajot
PhD Candidate
McGill University


 

2009NCSDS-SkottFreedmanSkott Freedman
PhD Candidate
San Diego State University/University of California


 

2009NCSDS-AndreaHillockAndrea Hillock
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University


 

2009NCSDS-SkylerJenningsSkyler Jennings
PhD Candidate
Purdue University


 

2009NCSDS-RaulRojasRaul Rojas
PhD Candidate
Temple University


 

2009NCSDS-EmilyRusnakEmily Rusnak
PhD Candidate
Bowling Green State University


 

2009NCSDS-EmilyZimmermanEmily Aileen Zimmerman
PhD Candidate
University of Kansas

 



2008

Awarded $10,000 each

Sophie Ambrose Sophie Ambrose
PhD Candidate
University of Kansas


 

Megha Bahl Megha Bahl
PhD Candidate
University of Arizona


 

Angela Yarnell Bonino Angela Yarnell Bonino
PhD candidate
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


 

Deanna Britton Deanna Britton
PhD Candidate
University of Washington


 

Jamie L. Desjardins Jamie L. Desjardins
PhD Candidate
Syracuse University


 

Kerry Danahy Ebert Kerry Danahy Ebert
PhD Candidate
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


 

Aaron M. Johnson Aaron M. Johnson
PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Madison


 

Karen Le Karen Le
PhD Candidate
University of Connecticut


 

Jimin Lee Jimin Lee
PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Madison


 

Megan K. McPherson Megan K. McPherson
PhD Candidate
Purdue University


 

Kimberly M. Meigh Kimberly M. Meigh
PhD Candidate
University of Pittsburgh


 

Brandi L. Newkirk Brandi L. Newkirk
PhD Candidate
Louisiana State University


 

Gayla L. Poling Gayla L. Poling
PhD Candidate
Ohio State University


 

Meredith A. Poore Meredith A. Poore
PhD Candidate
University of Kansas


 

Amy D. Rodriquez Amy D. Rodriquez
PhD Candidate
University of Florida


 

Vicki M. Samelson Vicki M. Samelson
PhD Candidate
University of Iowa


 

April Gibbs Scott April Gibbs Scott
PhD Candidate
University of Pittsburgh


 

Elizabeth Spencer Elizabeth Spencer
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University


 

Michelle S. Troche Michelle S. Troche
PhD Candidate
University of Florida


 

Yihe Zu Yihe Zu
Phd Candidate
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 



2007

Awarded $10,000 each

Suzanne Adlof Suzanne Adlof
PhD Candidate
University of Kansas


 

Curtis J. Billings Curtis J. Billings
PhD Candidate
University of Washington


 

Bharath Chandrasekaran Bharath Chandrasekaran
PhD Candidate
Purdue University


 

Robin Samlan Robin Samlan
PhD Candidate
University of Arizona


 

Gabriela Simon-Cereijido Gabriela Simon-Cereijido
PhD Candidate
San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego

 



2006

Awarded $10,000 each

Lauren Calandruccio Lauren Calandruccio
PhD Candidate
Syracuse University


 

Helen Cullington Helen Cullington
PhD Candidate
University of California, Irvine


 

Harrison N. Jones Harrison N. J ones
PhD Candidate
University of Florida


 

Yunjung Kim Yunjung Kim
PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin-Madison


 

Elizabeth C. Walker Elizabeth C. Walker
PhD Candidate
University of Iowa

 



2005

Awarded $10,000 each

Katrina B. Agung Katrina B. Agung
PhD candidate
University of Texas at Dallas


 

Adriane DeMarco Baylis Adriane DeMarco Baylis
PhD candidate
University of Minnesota


 

Jami F. Mayer Jami F. Mayer
PhD candidate
Indiana University


 

Lizbeth H. Finestack Lizbeth H. Finestack
PhD candidate
The University of Kansas


 

Jason Tait Sanchez Jason Tait Sanchez
PhD candidate
Kent State University,
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine


 

Jennell C. Vick Jennell C. Vick
PhD candidate
University of Washington

 



2004

Awarded $10,000 each

Lendra Friesen Lendra Friesen
PhD candidate
University of Washington


 

Michael Hammer Michael J. Hammer
PhD candidate
University of Kansas


 

William D. Hula William D. Hula
PhD candidate
University of Pittsburgh


 

Diane Ogiela Diane Ogiela
PhD candidate
Michigan State University


 

Louise Stanczak Louise Stanczak
ScD candidate
Boston University

 



2003

Awarded $10,000 Each

Shannon Austerman Shannon Austermann
PhD candidate
San Diego State University and University of California-San Diego

Shannon Austermann is pursuing a PhD in speech-language pathology in the San Diego State University / University of California, San Diego joint program. Reflecting her undergraduate interest in the relationship between language and other cognitive processes, particularly in adult neurogenic disorders, her own doctoral work is directly related to uniting theory and practice. She has designed a study of continuous online measurement of processing load in sentence comprehension using manual tracking as a secondary task. Shannon also is involved in a series of studies, single-subject designs to assess treatment efficacy in acquired apraxia of speech, and mentors an undergraduate and a graduate student as part of the laboratory teaching system. Her goal is an academic career that includes teaching, research, and clinical service.

Cathy Binger Cathy Binger
PhD candidate
Pennsylvania State University

Cathy A. Binger is a PhD candidate in speech-language pathology at Pennsylvania State University: Her major emphasis is intervention research that will support early language development of children who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). After practicing as a speech-language pathologist in a number of clinical settings for 8 years, several factors led Cathy to return to complete her PhD: her undergraduate experience with research, frustration with the lack of evidence-based intervention approaches as a clinician, and the pleasures of teaching while she was a clinical supervisor and classroom instructor at the University of Georgia. Cathy's goal is to contribute to communication sciences and disorders (CSD) studies at a research university, with opportunities to guide CSD students toward becoming the clinicians and researchers of tomorrow.

Gayle DeDe Gayle DeDe
ScD candidate
Boston University

Gayle DeDe is an ScD candidate in speech-language pathology at Boston University, where she has taken applied and content courses in the communication sciences and disorders program, as well as research seminars in BU's psychology department and the brain and cognitive sciences program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This interdisciplinary view has been critical in the development of her research interests, which include language processing in older and younger adults and how they break down after acquired brain injuries, a self-cueing strategy for verbal naming based on written naming and tactile cues, and investigation of three theories of sentence comprehension in aphasia. Gayle hopes that her dissertation research, on constraint-satisfaction theories of sentence processing, will help to clarify the underlying impairment in individuals with aphasia, and lead to new diagnostic and treatment materials. Her long-term goals are to conduct research that extends our understanding of normal and disordered language and cognitive processes, and to effectively communicate the clinical applications of this work to new and seasoned clinicians.

Melanie Gregan Melanie Gregan
PhD candidate
University of Minnesota

Melanie J. Gregan is pursuing a PhD in audiology/hearing science at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. After 6 years as a research audiologist, Melanie returned to school to develop a better understanding of the psychoacoustic abilities of normal and impaired auditory systems, how these systems affect the capacity to understand speech, and potential ways to alleviate communication barriers via use of hearing aids. Melanie is said to have all the right research instincts: "She can tell an important question from a trivial one, she can construct and then critique an experimental design to answer an important question, and she can analyze results rationally," says one of her professors. Her long-term goal is developing, and teaching others to develop, the basic and applied research in hearing that is necessary to guide the development of prosthetic devices and the applications of new technology to compensate for hearing loss.

Esther Kim Esther S. Kim
PhD candidate
University of Arizona

Esther Sung Kim is seeking a PhD in speech-language pathology at the University of Arizona; her primary focus area is neurogenic communication disorders (dementia in particular) and multicultural issues as they relate to communication sciences and disorders. In becoming a teacher-investigator, Esther wants to support the qualities she has seen in her role models in the profession: a "desire to investigate clinically relevant phenomena and interventions, and the nurturing guidance to teach and inspire students to do the same." When working in a skilled nursing facility after she completed her master's degree, Esther experienced first-hand not only the pessimistic views caregivers, family members, and medical professionals hold toward communicative functioning in dementia patients, but also the joys and improvements in communication possible with simple interventions capitalizing on a dementia patient's spared abilities. Her goal is to develop further interventions that can be of maximal benefit to this ever-increasing population.

Nathan Welham Nathan V. Welham
PhD candidate
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nathan V. Welham is pursuing a PhD in speech-language pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, after completing his undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. His primary interests are voice and genetics: the genetic mechanisms that potentially underlie differences in laryngeal structure and function, susceptibility to disease, and responses to treatment. In addition to his other work, Nathan co-developed and co-teaches a graduate course in voice disorders that presents all the didactic lecture material on the Web, and devotes classroom time to case-based teaching, group and individual problem solving, and instruction in instrumentation. His long-range goal as a teacher-investigator is to try to do what all good instructors do: take students to the level at which they can do more than the one who teaches them.

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