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Diversity Lecture Series

OCTOBER 19, 2022 12-1 PM MCE 8318
2022 Rising Star Awardee Presentation
Answering Epidemiological Questions in Voice Research: Efforts Toward Health Equity

Mariah Morton, MS, Third Year PhD Candidate, Auburn University

Mariah Morton is a speech-language pathologist, specializing in the assessment and treatment of voice and upper airway disorders, and she currently works part time at the UAB Voice Center. Her research interests include the intersection between exercise physiology and vocal function as well as healthcare disparities for racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse people as well as rural-living individuals in need for SLP-specific voice care. Ms. Morton’s research has been published in The Laryngoscope.

OCTOBER 26, 2022 12-1 PM MCE 8318
2022 Special Guest Lecture in Diversity
What is the Intersection between Cognitive and Communication Disorders and the School-to-Confinement Pipeline?

Shameka Stanford, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Howard University

Dr. Stanford is the first and only Juvenile Forensic Speech-Language Pathologist and a special education advocate trained by the Wrightslaw Training Center. Dr. Stanford’s clinical and scholarly work specializes in Juvenile Forensics, Law Enforcement Interaction with youth with CD, child language disorders and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Her primary research focuses on the Confluence and Impact of cognitive and communication disorders on the school-to-confinement pipeline, status offenses, involvement with the criminal justice system, law enforcement interaction, and criminal recidivism in youth placed at-risk for delinquency and crime (especially Black and Brown youth from under-resourced areas). Dr. Stanford is also a clinically certified and licensed speech-language pathologist and is licensed to practice in Maryland, Washington, D.C, and multiple other states. Through her work, Dr. Stanford has created cutting edge social justice and juvenile justice specialty courses for graduate CSD students, nationally known training programs for law enforcement and legal counsel, and national and international CE workshops and training for licensed SLP clinicians, students, and families of children with special needs. Dr. Stanford writes frequently on this topic and has been published in a number of ASHA journals as well as The Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and Law.

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OCTOBER 6, 2021 | 12-1 PM CT VIA ZOOM 
Summer Book Club Discussion on Health Disparities The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World Michael Marmot, author

OCTOBER 20, 2021 | 12-1 PM CT VIA ZOOM
Inaugural Rising Star Awardee Presentation
How Does Input Shape Language and Cognition in Bilingual and Monolingual Children?

Kimberly Crespo, MS, Predoctoral Fellow, and Ph.D. Candidate University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kimberly Crespo is an F31 Predoctoral Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in Rita Kaushanskaya’s Language Acquisition and Bilingualism Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.A. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from Kean University in Union, New Jersey.

Rising Star Honorable Mention Awardees Jasenia Hartman and Brandon Merritt will join us for the presentation.

OCTOBER 27, 2021 | 12-1 PM CT VIA ZOOM
2021 Dan Ashmead Lecture
Health Disparities and Health Equity in Speech-Language Pathology: What are We Missing?

Charles Ellis Jr., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida
Dr. Ellis is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who received his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree from The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, and Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Ellis’ academic concentration focuses on adult neurogenic disorders and he teaches courses related to aphasia and cognitive disorders. His research is designed to understand outcomes associated with adult neurologically-based disorders of communication and factors that contribute to the lack of equity in service provision and outcome disparities that exist among African Americans and other underrepresented minority groups.

Dr. Ellis has authored or co-authored over 130 peer-reviewed journals articles, five book chapters and has over 150 presentations to his credit related to neurological disorders and health disparities, and minority health issues. Dr. Ellis is a former Language Editor for the Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research 2017-2018. Dr. Ellis was awarded the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Recognition for Special Contribution in Multicultural Affairs in 2011. In 2014, he was awarded a Fellowship of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

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