• Grad programs stay #1, #2

    March 21, 2017

    The MA program in Speech-Language Pathology and AuD program in Audiology retain their #1 and #2 rankings, according to the April 2017 issue of U.S. News & World Report. Congratulations to all!

  • Publication announced

    March 2, 2017

    Congratulations to CSD faculty Beth Walker and Lenore Holte! Their paper, Service Delivery to Children with Mild Hearing Loss: Current Practice Patterns and Parent Perceptions, was published in the March 2, 2017, American Journal of Audiology. Full authorship includes Beth Walker, Meredith Spratford, Sophie Ambrose, Lenore Holte and Jacob Oleson. Link:


  • Katherine Gordon awarded NIH grant

    February 3, 2017 - 12:30pm

    Katherine Gordon, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, was awarded a three-year grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders for her project entitled "Long-Term Retention of Words by Children with Language Impairment."

    Project description: There is robust evidence that impaired short-term and working memory are primary barriers to word learning for individuals with LI. However, we lack an understanding of potential retention deficits, as the ability to retain taught material is rarely measured weeks, months, or years post-training. Relatedly, training strategies have differential effects on short-term and long-term retention for children with typical development (TD). However, we know little about how these strategies affect children with LI as long-term retention is rarely assessed. Given the time that clinicians, parents, and children invest in interventions and their potential lifelong benefits, it is essential that we determine the most effective and efficient training strategies to foster long-term retention of children with LI. To address these gaps in the knowledge base, the broad objective of this research program is to improve the retention, generalization, and integration of words for children with LI. The current project focuses on understanding and improving retention through the following specific aims. 1-To compare learning and forgetting rates of words by children with and without LI, and 2-To identify the aspects of training that enhance long-term retention of words by children with LI. 

    Congratulations Katie!

  • Walker wins ASHFoundation grant

    November 18, 2016

    Philadelphia, PA

    Beth Walker was one of five winners of an ASHFoundation Clinical Research Grant, for her project "Investigating Links Between Non-Linguistic Learning Processes and Grammar Skills in Children with Cochlear Implants." The monetary award is given each year to investigators to advance the knowledge of the efficacy of treatment and assessment practices in audiology and speech-language pathology. Her award was presented at the ASHFoundation Founders Breakfast during the annual convention.

  • Saletta awarded Obermann grant

    December 8, 2016

    Meredith Saletta, CSD assistant professor, and Erica Kaldenberg, assistant director of the UI REACH program, have been awarded an Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Interdisciplinary Research Grant for their project, "Literacy Interventions in Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: A Meta-Analysis."

    Funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Center’s C. Esco and Avalon L. Obermann Endowment Fund, the research grant is designed to provide teams enough money, space, and time to focus intensely on a project for two to four weeks. In addition to a cash award, Kaldenberg and Saletta have use of office space in the Obermann Center.

  • CSD mourns passing of Linda Jordan

    November 24, 2016

    Linda Lloye Jordan died peacefully November 24 at the Oaknoll Health Center surrounded by her family. She leaves behind her husband, Herb, two children, and five grandchildren.

    Linda earned both her bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa. She was an adjunct professor in UI’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and a speech-language pathologist in UIHC’s Department of Neurology. She served as past president of the Iowa Speech, Language and Hearing Association and had received Honors from ISHA. She was a Fellow with the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association.

    Her complete obituary may be found on-line on the Iowa City Press-Citizen website.

    Online condolences may be posted at

  • Iowa team excitement at ASHA

    November 18, 2016

    Iowa team

    The team from the University of Iowa can barely contain their excitement over their second-place finish at the Knowledge Bowl at the 2016 ASHA national convention. Congrats!

  • Zebrowski's students tour Tyson plant

    November 14, 2016

    Columbus Junction

    zebrowski and students

    Tricia Zebrowski is shown with students in an Early Literacy course at the Tyson hog processing plant in Columbus Junction. Tyson is the largest employer in the area, and many parents of the children working on their literacy skills are employees. It is an eye-opening experience for the students in that they come away with an appreciation for the hard work parents do and also for the workings of one of Iowa's top industries.