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Topic: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Theresa Bartolotta, PhD, CCC-SLP has been a speech-language pathologist for over thirty years. She specializes in working with children with complex communication needs, including autism, Down syndrome, and Rett syndrome. She holds a PhD in Health Sciences from Seton Hall University, an MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Queens College of the City University of New York, and a BS in Speech from Mercy College. Theresa holds the CCC in speech-language pathology from ASHA and is a licensed speech-language pathologist in New Jersey and Georgia. Theresa serves as Consultant to the Program for Research and Support for Rett Syndrome at Monmouth University, is on the clinical staff of Tender Ones Therapy Services in Dacula, Georgia, and teaches graduate courses as an adjunct professor. She is part of an international group of grant-funded researchers who developed consensus guidelines for the management of communication in Rett syndrome and now serves as consultant on communication to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (Rettsyndrome.org).
Angela Hein Ciccia
Topic: Neurogenics, TBI
Dr. Ciccia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Communication Sciences Program at Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on exploring the barriers to pediatric rehabilitation for children especially for high-risk, low-income groups, with a special focus on pediatric TBI. Dr. Ciccia is the Co-Chair for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group of ACRM and an Editor-In-Chief for Perspectives of ASHA.
Topic: Fluency Disorders
Craig Coleman, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, ASHA-F is the Department Chairperson of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Edinboro University and a Board-Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He currently serves as the Vice President for Planning of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Craig was a previous Coordinator of ASHA Special Interest Group 4: Fluency and Fluency Disorders. Craig collaborated on the child versions of the Overall Assessment of the Child's Experience of Stuttering (OASES), which assesses the affective and cognitive components of stuttering.
Topic: Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Margaret is a speech-language pathologist working in private practice in Highland Park, Illinois, with over 30 years experience as a pediatric SLP. Her primary professional interests are in the areas of children’s speech sound disorders, language disorders, and social language development. Margaret is the author of the book, Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech, now in its Second Edition. She is a frequently invited speaker at local, state, and national workshops. Her workshops and writing focus on providing practical, evidence-based ideas to support clinicians working with children with CAS. Margaret serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) and is a topic area advisor for the SpeechPathology.com Advisory Board.
Topic: Aphasia, Counseling
Audrey L. Holland is the author or co-author of over 150 scientific articles relating to treatment, research and counseling in aphasia and child language disorders. She is a frequent presenter at scientific meetings and conferences, and with Ryan Nelson, the co-author of Counseling in Communication Disorders: A Wellness Perspective (2nd edition, 2014).
K. Todd Houston
Topic: Audiology/Hearing Impairment, Telepractice
K. Todd Houston, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT is a Professor, speech-language pathologist, and a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (Cert. AVT). For more than 20 years, his professional focus has been serving young children with hearing loss and their families who are learning to listen and acquire spoken language. Over the past decade, Dr. Houston has incorporated telepractice into his service delivery and continues to provide direct services each week, both in-person and through telepractice, to young children with hearing loss and their families. He has authored/edited three recent books through Plural Publishing: Telepractice In Speech-Language Pathology (2014), Assessing Listening and Spoken Language in Children with Hearing Loss (with Dr. Tamala Bradham, 2015), and Telepactice In Audiology (with Dr. Emma Rushbrooke, 2016).
Ann W. Kummer
Topic: Voice, VPD, Cleft-Palate
Ann Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP recently retired as Senior Director of the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children’s. She’s done hundreds of national and international lectures on cleft palate and velopharyngeal insufficiency. She is the author of numerous professional articles, 24 book chapters, and the book entitled Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Conditions: A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Management, 4th Edition. She is currently Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and teaches the craniofacial course at 5 universities. Dr. Kummer has received numerous honors and awards. She’s an ASHA Fellow and received Honors of ASHA.
Susan Hendler Lederer
Topic: Early Intervention
Susan Hendler Lederer, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Adelphi University and a practicing pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist for over 35 years.
Dr. Lederer develops research-based early language and literacy intervention programs. Descriptions and efficacy have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented nationally.
Dr. Lederer is the author of award-winning children’s books, I Can Say That, I Can Do That, I Can Play That, and Hey, Hey, Let’s All Say. She is also the lead author of Reread: An Integrated Emergent Literacy Program and producer of the music CD, Storybook Yoga.
Topic: Ethics, Supervision
Wren S. Newman, SLP.D, CCC-SLP is Chair and Assistant Professor for the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She was named a Fellow of ASHA in 2006. Dr. Newman is a former member of AHSA's Board of Ethics and has served as a reviewer for the ASHA Ethics Essay Award competition for several years. She has previously served on ASHA's Academic Affairs Coordinating Committee, was Coordinator of SIG 11 - Administration and Supervision, and was on the Ad Hoc Committee on Supervision in Speech-Language Pathology. She served as a member of ASHA's Ad Hoc Committee on Guidelines for the Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology (GCD-SLP) and was on the 2015 and 2018 ASHA Convention Committees reviewing submissions for presentations in the topical area of "Academic and Clinical Education." Dr. Newman is currently a member of the Leadership Cultivation and Nominations Board and the Ad Hoc Committee for Governance Review of ASHA.
Topic: TBI, Supervision
Jennifer A. Ostergren, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). She is a licensed and nationally certified speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP) with more than 19 years of clinical experience in the rehabilitation for neurogenic cognitive-communication disorders. She has extensive experience in the provision of cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) for adults with TBI, across the spectrum of inpatient and outpatient settings. She is the author of Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists. Dr. Ostergren has also taught and developed curriculum on the topic of TBI and is a published researcher and national presenter in this area.
Topic: Professional Issues, Neuro, Ethics
Kerri R. Phillips holds the SLP.D in speech-language pathology from Nova Southeastern University. She is a Professor and Program Director for the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology at Louisiana Tech University. Her research interests are ethics, supervision, outcomes data, and child language. She currently serves as the President of the National Council of State Boards of Examiners; member of the ASHA Advisory Council, and ASHA Continuing Education Board.
Topic: Pediatric Dysphagia
Erin E. Redle, PhD, CCC-SLP is a speech langauge pathologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in the Division of Speech Pathology where she is also affiliated with the Communication Science Research Center and the James. M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence. Dr. Redle currently provides clinical services for children with a variety of communication and swallowing disorders. Her current research focuses on the differential diagnosis of speech sound disorders through neuroimaging and improving the quality of clinical care through reducing variation in clincial practice. She is also the co-author of Communication Sciences and Disorders: A Clinical Evidence-Based Approach (3rd Edition).
Debra Suiter is Director of the University of Kentucky Voice and Swallow Clinic in Lexington, Kentucky. Together with Dr. Steven Leder, Dr. Suiter developed the Yale Swallow Protocol, a tool for determining aspiration risk. Dr. Suiter’s research and clinical interests focus on assessment and treatment of adults with swallowing disorders. She is the current Chair of ASHA’s Board of Special Interest Coordinators, a member of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, and a member of the Dysphagia Research Society.
Topic: Language/Literacy, School Service Delivery
Teresa Ukrainetz, PhD, S-LP(C), ASHA Fellow, Utah State University, investigates the framework, procedures and tools of school-age language intervention. Her research includes norm-referenced tests, dynamic assessment, phonemic awareness, narrative and school SLP practices. Dr. Ukrainetz's current research addresses how SLPs can use their distinctive expertise to improve students' expository language and learning. Dr. Ukrainetz has authored two books, School-age Language Intervention: Evidence-based Practices and Contextualized Skill Intervention: Scaffolding PreK-12 Literacy Achievement.
Topic: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Tina Veale is Program Director and Professor in the Speech-Language Pathology Program at Midwestern University. Dr. Veale teaches courses in research methods, child language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, neurology, and motor speech disorders. Clinically, she addresses the needs of clients with autism and other developmental disabilities.
J. Scott Yaruss
Topic: Fluency Disorders
J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA is a researcher and clinician who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of stuttering across the lifespan. He is a professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. Scott has served on the Board of Directors for the National Stuttering Association (NSA) and on the Steering Committee of ASHA’s Special Interest Division for Fluency and Fluency Disorders. His research focuses on the development of stuttering in young children, as well as the evaluation of stuttering treatment outcomes. He has published more than 85 peer-reviewed papers and more than 120 other articles, chapters, and books about stuttering, including the Overall Assessment of the Speaker’s Experience of Stuttering (OASES). He frequently presents continuing education workshops designed to help speech-language pathologists improve their confidence and competence in helping individuals who stutter (www.Yaruss.com).
Dr. Carole Zangari is a professor of Speech, Language, and Communication Disorders at Nova Southeastern University. She teaches master’s and doctoral classes on AAC, provides clinical supervision to graduate students working with clients who use AAC, and coordinates the AAC lab. Dr. Zangari is co-editor of Practically Speaking: Language, Literacy, and Academic Development of Students with AAC Needs and is a past coordinator of ASHA’s Special Interest Group in AAC. Dr. Zangari blogs at www.PrAACticalAAC.org.