May 2019 graduates celebrating
May 2019 graduates celebrating.
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The Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Students become active participants in the on-site Miami University Speech & Hearing Clinic, where they learn clinical methods, observe speech and language evaluations, and eventually plan and implement therapy sessions.
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Welcome from the Chair
Susan Brehm
Dear Friends and Alumni,
As you might imagine, it was a beautiful fall season here in Oxford and it’s hard to believe we are about to wind up another semester. It has certainly been a busy and exciting year in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology.
The most exciting news we would like to share is that we are in the planning phase of a new Clinical Health Science Building where we will be co-located with a new Physician Assistant program and the Nursing program. The Student Health Center, Student Counseling, and Student Wellness will also be located in the new building. The building is slated to open in the summer of 2022 and will be located in the current site of the Student Health Center (south of the Campus Avenue Building). Please see this article for more information about the new building and the expansion of health science programs at Miami. We look forward to providing updates about the progress of the new building with you over the next few years!
In this newsletter, we hope you enjoy reading about our current students and a Department event focused on student diversity. We hope that 2019 has been a wonderful year for you and best wishes for the New Year. We love it when alumni visit the Department when their travels bring them to Oxford, so please never hesitate to schedule a visit or just stop by.
Susan Baker Brehm
Professor and Department Chair
Miami University Alumna, BS ’97, and MA ’99
Senior Speech Pathology and Audiology majors conducting research and contributing to the campus community
Hannah Fuchs
Hannah Fuchs is a senior majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She received an Undergraduate Summer Scholarship, working under assistant professor Dr. AJ Olszewski, to work with children with chronic illnesses. Her goal was to look at children with asthma and compare them to healthy children. She completed a series of tests with the children to assess different literacy skills such as receptive vocabulary, language ability, and phonological awareness. Hannah is also a student athlete and team captain of Miami's Swimming and Diving Team. She was named MAC Swimmer of the Week last month.
Ali Insoft
Ali Insoft is also a senior majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology and minoring in Disabilities Studies. She is also completing a certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ali has sought out many meaningful opportunities during her time at Miami in both community/campus service and undergraduate research. Ali is the president of both the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (MU chapter) and Miami Autism Allies Club and is the recipient of Dean's Scholar grant for independent research project on literacy and autism supervised by Dr. AJ Olszewski.
Department News
L to R: Victoria Sampson BS ’19, , Cassandra Guarneros Rosile, MS ’15, Desirae Danzy, MS ’18, and Spencer Ambach, BS ’16, MS ’18
L to R: Victoria Sampson BS ’19, Clinical Research Assistant at The Ohio State Nisonger Center; Cassandra Guarneros Rosile, MS ’15, speech-language pathologist and owner of Casa Speech; Desirae Danzy, MS ’18, speech-language pathologist with the Montgomery County Educational Service Center; and Spencer Ambach, BS ’16, MS ’18, speech-language pathologist with the Kettering Health Network
AJ Olszewski, Danai Kasambira Fannin, and Amber Franklin
AJ Olszewski, Danai Kasambira Fannin, and Amber Franklin
Event participants
Breakout discussions with students during the event
Alumni panel plays a key role in diversity event in the Department
The Department hosted its first Career Exploration and Diversity Workshop on October 26, 2019. The half-day event was open to all majors and more specifically to students who value diversity and are passionate about the healthcare industry. The event was support through a grant obtained by Department faculty, Dr. Amber Franklin and Dr. AJ Olszewski through Miami’s Center for Career Exploration and Success.
"We want to expose more students on campus to our major, the opportunities, and the different settings they can work in," said Department associate professor Amber Franklin.
"I think there are a lot of students who may be interested in speech pathology and audiology but just aren't aware of these careers," said Department assistant professor Arnold Olszewski.
In the state of Ohio, the field of speech pathology and audiology lacks diversity. According to Franklin, 96.1% of practitioners are white, and only 2.1% African-American. In addition, over 90% of practitioners are female. "We are looking to promote the field among underrepresented groups, such as people from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds, men, and bilingual speakers," said Franklin.
We were fortunate to have four program alumni (pictured above) return to serve as panelists. Current students had the opportunity to ask questions about experiences in the field and discuss the diversity gap in the healthcare industry, career options, employment settings, and graduate school obstacles. Associate clinical professor Chip Hahn and Gregg Thorton, Esq, executive director of the Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board, also served as panelists. The keynote speaker for the event was Danai Kasambira Fannin, PhD. Fannin is an associate professor in the communication disorders program at North Carolina Central University. In addition, she is the Professional Development Manager for the American Speech and Hearing Association’s Special Interest Group on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity.
Dr. Franklin and Olszewski hope to continue the efforts begun on this event by exposing underrepresented students from local middle-and high schools to the profession, hosting an annual diversity workshop, and supporting a student organization focused on multicultural issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders. If you are interested in supporting future diversity recruitment and retention efforts please contact either Dr. Franklin or Dr. Olszewski.
Opportunity to mentor student clinicians in externships placements 
Help us shape our future colleagues and your future fellow Miami alumni! We are so fortunate to have many wonderful alumni who mentor and supervise our current students in their externship placements. We are seeking to add to our quality externship experiences in both adult and pediatric settings (full-time as well as part-time).
Our students remain in the southwest Ohio area for their part-time pediatric placement and school settings placement, but in some cases, are able to be placed away from the area during their full-time medical summer placement. Last summer in additional to regional locations, students were placed in Chicago, Houston, Ft. Lauderdale, Kansas City, and St. Louis.
We value your clinical expertise. Please let us know if you think you might like to be included on our list of field supervisors. Contact Renee Gottliebson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP.
A few pictures of our students in near and far locations are below.
Margaret Cullen-Conway MA ’20, who completed an externship at Chicago
Margaret Cullen-Conway MA ’20, who completed an externship at Misericordia Home in Chicago
Elizabeth Hagloch, MS ’20, who completed an externship at Ohio State Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital
Elizabeth Hagloch, MS ’20, who completed an externship at Ohio State Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital 
Molly Cagle, MA ’20, who completed an externship at …. In St. Louis
Molly Cagle, MA ’20, who completed an externship at St. Luke's Surrey Place in St. Louis
Sue Reich
Remembering an impactful clinical supervisor
In June of this year, Sue Reich, a former colleague and dear friend of the Department, passed away.
Sue was a clinical supervisor for close to 15 years and played a large role in the clinical development of so many of our alumni. She was a mentor and a wonderful cheerleader.
Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology

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