November 17, 2011
University faculty and students to present at national convention
Faculty and students within the Harding University College of Allied Health and the department of communication sciences and disorders were accepted to make presentations at the national American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) convention in San Diego, Nov. 17-19. Those participating include Dr. Rebecca Weaver, dean of the College of Allied Health; Melanie Lowry, instructor in the department of communication sciences and disorders; and graduate students Charissa Collins and Amy Collins.
Weaver is a professor of communication sciences and disorders and her oral presentation entitled “Using Your University’s Resources to Enhance International Practicum Experiences” will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 17. With the assistance of Dr. Jeffrey Hopper, Janis Ragsdale, Sara Shock and Dr. Daniel C. Tullos, Weaver will describe the group’s experiences in developing HIZ-Path, a six-week international practicum course for graduate-level speech-language pathology students in Zambia. A ten-minute documentary will be premiered during the presentation featuring HIZ-Path.
Lowery, under the direction of Kim McCullough, her dissertation supervisor of the University of Central Arkansas, will present her dissertation poster presentation entitled “What Factors Predict Communicative Participation in an Elderly Population” on Thursday, Nov. 17.
Under the direction of Lowery and McCullough, Charissa and Amy will deliver their poster presentation on “Examining Correlations Between Depression, Quality of Life and Communicative Participation” on Friday, Nov. 18.
The ASHA Program Committee received a record number of presentations and the selection process was very competitive. The national convention is the premier annual professional education event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists. It provides unparalleled opportunities for participants to hear the latest evidence-based research and gain new skills and resources for career advancement. The theme of this year’s convention is “Beacons of Inspiration: Innovation to Action.”