ASHA Convention 2019

If it’s 72 degrees and sunny in November, you know you are lucky enough to be in Florida. The weather was certainly an added bonus to the ASHA Convention this year. The theme of “Imagine More” was embraced by the presenters and I enjoyed the excellent work by current researchers in early literacy and speech and language development.

Congratulations to CSD faculty and students who presented at the Convention this year: We were well represented across the field of CSD including Dr. Zimmerman’s work on what SLPs needs to know about environmental health; Dr. Schlosser presented on intervention research in augmented reality for persons with developmental disabilities; Dr. O’Neil presented on issues with return to work for patients with traumatic brain injury; Dr. Allison presented on various research projects in pediatric motor speech disorders. I was privileged to collaborate with my colleagues at Boston University, Emerson College and the Institute of Health at MGH here in Boston and our work with the placement coordinators for SLP graduate clinicians in Boston Public Schools.

Congratulations to CSD second year MS SLP students for their poster presentations at ASHA this year: Billi Aspinwall, Jessica Bren, Nicole Hardy, Megan Romanczyk and Jessica Rickwood. MS CF SLP Alaina Martens presented on her work in the Speech and Neurodevelopmental Lab with Dr. Zimmerman. 1st year MS SLP Sierra Still presented on her undergraduate research at University of Colorado at Boulder.

Huge congratulations to CSD faculty Dr. Kristen Allison on receiving the highly prestigious ASHA Editor’s Research Award!

I always look forward to connecting with alum at the ASHA Convention and this year was especially fun as we had a great get together outdoors at the Hyatt Hotel, Orlando. It is especially gratifying to learn what everyone is doing and for our current students to learn about CSD alum career paths.

As we leave the warm Florida sunshine for the cold Northeast, I reflect on the learning, sharing and connecting that this wonderful Convention affords us. Looking forward to the Convention next year in San Diego, another fabulously warm destination!

Submitted by Susan Fine CCC-SLP