• Naomi Hertsberg Rodgers awarded Delta Center Grant

    May 22, 2017

    Naomi Hertsberg Rodgers won one of four interdisciplinary grants given by the Delta Center. Her project is entitled "Temperament, cognitive bias, and perceived communication difficulty among adolescents who stutter," and her mentors are Tricia Zebrowski (Communication Sciences and Disorders), Teresa Treat (Psychological and Brain Sciences) and Bob McMurray (Psychological and Brain Sciences)

    Project Abstract: Although adolescents who stutter are at increased risk for developing social anxiety, the cognitive mechanisms underlying this psychosocial vulnerability are not understood. This study will investigate individual and group differences in attentional bias towards threatening social stimuli and bias towards threat-based interpretations of ambiguous social situations among adolescents who stutter and their typically fluent peers. This project will inform our understanding of the complex relationship between stuttering and social anxiety vulnerability, and will inform future intervention efforts in this area.

    Congratulations Naomi!

  • Larissa Jordan, Emily Goetz win teaching awards

    April 13, 2017

    Larissa Jordan, PhD candidate, and Emily Goetz, AuD student, are being honored with Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards. The monetary awards and certificates will be presented at the Council on Teaching Awards Reception scheduled for May 4. The Council on Teaching selects recipients based on philosophy of teaching and learning, classroom evaluations, and strong support from students and faculty.

    Congratulations, Larissa and Emily!


  • Naomi Hertsberg Rodgers debuts on StutterTalk

    April 10, 2017

    Reclaiming Our Stuttering Space at the Passover Seder

    Naomi Hertsberg Rodgers joins Peter Reitzes to discuss stuttering at the Passover Seder and reclaiming our stuttering space. Today's episode was cathartic for the guest and the host. Listen here

  • Audiology students shine at AAA

    April 12, 2017


    The Iowa Student Academy of Audiology Chapter made CSD proud at the AAA Conference in April.

    The group received the SAA Humanitarian, Educational, and Awareness Resources (HEAR) Chapter Grant. The monetary grant will help support the SAA Haunted Hustle for Hearing 5K walk/run.

    They were also the overall winner of the SAA Chapter Challenge, beating out 75 other SAA chapters. Their monetary award will be used to support national SAA memberships for active members that participated in these events.

    Rebecca Hauser, an undergraduate sophomore in Speech and Hearing Science won the Undergraduate Humanitarian Award, recognizing this future audiologist for demonstrating exemplary participation in SAA chapter events and showing strength in humanitarian and fundraising efforts for audiology.

    Kristen Ponturiero and Alyssa Adamec, AuD students, were accepted to attend the Student Leaders in Audiology Conference, an opportunity for future audiologists to grow and develop skills in leadership so that they may become active, contributory members to an already thriving audiology community.

    Finally the Iowa SAA chapter received another monetary award to continue supporting WJSHC clients who would otherwise be unable to receive amplification and/or earmolds.

    AAA poster

    AAA poster

    AAA poster

    Iowa's AuD students Kylee McFarlin (top) and Grant Gambrall (center), and doctoral student Subong Kim display their scientific posters at the American Academy of Audiology meeting in Indianapolis.

  • CSD mourns passing of Carl Betts

    March 25, 2017

    Carl Betts, Clinical Professor Emeritus in CSD, passed away March 25, 2017, in hospice care. Carl had had a long career working with children with speech and hearing issues locally and statewide. A gathering to celebrate his life is planned for Friday, April 21, 2017, in Iowa City. An obituary is available on the Lensing Funeral Home website.

  • 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!