018 Master’s in Speech Pathology graduates under the Upham Arch
Picture taken by Kristen Ealy, BS ’17, MS ’19 of a group of 2018 Master’s in Speech Pathology graduates under the Upham Arch. From left to right, Arah Luther, Ciara Cooley, Leah Baccus, Jamie Budhan, Kayla Amberger, Desirae Danzy, and Samantha Julian.
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Welcome from the Chair
Susan Brehm
Dear Friends and Alumni,
It is hard to believe we are quickly coming to the end of 2018. It has certainly been a busy and exciting year in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. We have much news to share on our faculty and student accomplishments.
Our Clinic is busier than ever, providing speech and hearing services to the Oxford community and beyond. Our students are active in our National Student Speech Language and Hearing Chapter (Dr. Chip Hahn serves as the faculty advisor) and our ASL and Deaf Culture Club (Megan Gross serves as the faculty advisor). This past year, The ASL and Deaf Culture Club brought national talent to Oxford and in November hosted Stacy Abrams, founder of the #whyIsign social media campaign.
We welcomed two new full-time faculty members this year and two part-time faculty. You can read more about each of these individuals in this newsletter and on our website. Also in faculty news, Laura Kelly retired after 30 years of service to the Department.
As you read through this newsletter, you will find links to our department website. We invite you to explore the website to learn more about what is happening in the department. We have highlighted a couple of alumni and we would love to provide more highlights in the future. Please send your updates and pictures to spa@miamioh.edu. We sincerely love to hear about what you have been doing.
We hope that 2018 has been a great year for you and best wishes for the New Year. Please do not hesitate to stop by the Department if your travels bring you to Oxford in the coming year. 
Susan Baker Brehm
Professor and Department Chair
Miami University Alumna, BS ’97, and MA ’99
Senior SPA majors receive awards to support their research
Abby Bowman with Aaron Shield Victoria Sampson
Abby Bowman (left, above) is a senior in the speech pathology and audiology major who was awarded a Dean’s Scholar Award for the 2018-19 academic year. She was nominated for this award by Dr. Aaron Shield. Through this award, she is conducting a research project titled “Quality and Quantity of Sign Language Input for Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech.”
Victoria Sampson (right, above), a senior speech pathology and audiology major, is a 2018 recipient of ASHA’s SPARC (Students Preparing for Academic Research Careers) award. The award is designed to support undergraduate seniors or graduate students who are interested in pursuing research careers in communication sciences and disorders. Victoria is one of only 11 recipients, nationally. She applied for the award with the encouragement of Dr. Amber Franklin, who is serving as Victoria’s primary mentor. 
SPA Faculty Spotlights   
The Department welcomes new faculty for Fall 2018
We are pleased to introduce four new faculty members who began their appointment at Miami University in the Department this Fall. You can find more information about each faculty member on our website.
Trace (Gerard) Poll, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a new Associate Professor whose research focuses on developmental language disorders in school-aged children, adolescents and young adults. He is interested in developing better assessment practices and better defining the cognitive and linguistic characteristics of language-learning disorders. His work also focuses on enabling adolescents with disabilities to be better prepared for the transition from K-12 education to adult settings such as post-secondary training, employment, and community participation. Dr. Poll directs the Later Language Lab.
Amber Burley, M.A., CT, NIC, is a new Instructor who teaches American Sign Language as well as Deaf Culture courses. She is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. She has worked as an interpreter in the education, medical, legal, and video relay service industries. She has worked as a clinical therapist for Deaf children and families as well. Amber teaches on both the Oxford and Regional campuses.
Courtney Robinson, MS, CCC-SLP is a part-time Instructor who provides services and student supervision in the Miami University Speech and Hearing Clinic, The Knolls of Oxford community, and for the Miami University Stroke Group. She attended Old Dominion University for her undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and completed her Master of Science in Communications Disorders at Texas State University. She has primarily worked in hospital based ENT clinic settings and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of the head and neck cancer population.
Jeff Alt, MS, CCC-SLP, is a part-time Instructor who provides services and student supervision in the Miami University Speech and Hearing Clinic and undergraduate instruction. Jeff is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in the area of school age speech and language. He received his bachelors and masters from Miami University. He began his speech and language career at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and for the last 17 years he has worked in the school setting. His interests are in the areas of childhood apraxia of speech, phonological disorders, and language and literacy. Jeff left a career in sales & marketing to become a speech language pathologist. He’s an author of three adult non-fiction books, three middle-grade chapter books and a keynote speaker.
Dr. Arnold Olszewski receives Teaching and Research Grant from the American Speech Language Hearing Association
Dr. Arnold Olszewski serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, and has recently been chosen as the recipient of an Advancing Academic Careers Research award.
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association funded award is geared towards individuals who have recently started a faculty position and are seeking mentorship for both research and teaching.
Laura Kelly
Dr. Laura Kelly retires after 30 years of service to the Department 
In May 2018, Laura Kelly retired after 30 years of service to the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology.
We are so appreciative of her many years of service and excited for her many adventures ahead.
SPA Alumni Spotlights
    Claire Miller
    Claire Miller, PhD, MHA, CCC-SLP (BS ’80, MS ’81)
    Every May, the Department holds a recognition ceremony for our graduating Master’s students. Faculty mentors and advisors hood the students, and we have an invited speaker. We were very pleased to have esteemed alumna, Claire Kane Miller, as our speaker at our ceremony this year.
    Claire is a speech-language pathologist in the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and serves as the Program Director for the Aerodigestive and Esophageal Center and the Interdisciplinary Feeding Team. She received her doctorate in speech pathology and a Master’s of health administration from the University of Cincinnati, where she has received an award as a Distinguished Alumni. Claire holds a faculty appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in College of Medicine and an Adjunct Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Cincinnati.
    Her research and clinical interests are in the area of pediatric dysphagia, with a focus on instrumental swallowing assessment and the clinical management of medically fragile infants and children with congenital and acquired airway and digestive anomalies. Claire has authored many publications and presented nationally and internationally on aspects of pediatric dysphagia. She recently completed at term as a Board Member for the Society for Ear, Nose, and Throat Advances in Children and continues on their Development Committee.
    Rachel Baiduc
    Rachael Baiduc, PhD, MPH (BS ‘08)
    Rachael Baiduc, an alumna of Miami University, is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.
    Rachael is a hearing scientist with a specialization in public health. As director of the HEARD (Hearing Epidemiology and Research Diagnostics) Lab, she is conducting research involving otoacoustic emission, auditory brainstem response, and electrocochlegraphy testing. She is interested in looking at how factors, such as cardiovascular disease, influence age related hearing loss (presbycusis).
    Rachael received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Miami University. She completed her Master’s in Public Health and her Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Hearing Science) at Northwestern University. Her research is currently supported by a Hearing Health Foundation Emerging Research Grant and by CU Boulder’s Innovative Seed grant.
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