2017 ASHFoundation Awards and Honorees

Conferred November 10, 2017, at the annual ASHFoundation Founders Breakfast in Los Angeles, California.

Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award
Jon F. Miller 
Professor Emeritus
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement
Awarded $2,000

Sheryl Rosin
Speech-Language Pathologist
Palm Beach Speech-Language Specialists
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Rolland J. Van Hattum Award for Contribution in the Schools
Awarded $1,500; School system awarded $500

Marilyn Sandler 
Speech-Language Pathologist
Chicago Public Shools
Chicago, Illinois

State Clinical Achievement Awards
Mary Dooher
Matanuska–Susitna Borough School District


Sheryl Rosin
Palm Beach Speech-Language Specialists

Jill Barton
Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association


Kelly Kleinhans
Murray State University

Lillian N. Stiegler
Southeastern Louisiana University

Catherine Griffin
State of the Heart Therapy

New York
Barbara E. Weinstein
City University of New York

North Carolina
John E. Sexton
John E. Sexton & Associates, Inc.

Katharine Joan Hill
University of Pittsburgh

South Carolina
Carol Page
University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Clinical Research Grant
Awarded $50,000–$75,000 each

Suzanne M. Adlof
Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina
"Orthographic and Phonological Processing in Children With Language Impairment With and Without Dyslexia"

Lena G. Caesar
Associate Professor, Loyola University Maryland
"The Ecological Validity of Narrative Sample Analysis for Diagnosing Language Disorders in Guyanese Children"

Sarita L. Eisenberg
Associate Professor, Montclair State University
"Better Together: Using Drill to Increase the Efficacy of Embedded Therapy for Grammatical Forms"

New Century Scholars Research Grant
Awarded $25,000 each

Eric Bielefeld
Associate Professor, Ohio State University
"Identifying an Interaction Between Kanamycin, Anti-Retroviral Medications, and Noise Exposure on Hearing Loss"

Kasia M. Bieszczad
Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
"An Epigenetic Role in the Persistence of Memory for Significant Sounds"

Jean K. Gordon
Associate Professor, University of Iowa
"Fluency Forward: Developing a More Reliable and Clinically Useful Assessment of Fluency in Aphasia"

Raksha A. Mudar
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Cognitive and Neural Alterations in Age-Associated Hearing Loss"

Lauryn Zipse
Associate Professor, MGH Institute of Health Professions
"A Neurophysiological Examination of Feedback-Based Learning in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury"

New Investigators Research Grant
Awarded $10,000 each

Hyunju Chung
Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University
"Facilitative Phonetic Contexts for English Lateral Liquid /l/ Productions in Young Children"

Naomi Eichorn 
Assistant Professor, University of Memphis
"Cognitive Flexibility and Effortful Control in School-Aged Children Who Stutter"

Memorie M. Gosa
Assistant Professor, University of Alabama
"Usefulness of the Adapted Pre-Feeding Skills Checklist for Identification of Oral Phase Dysphagia in Non-Medically Complex Children With Feeding Problems" 

Joanna Lee
Assistant Research Scientist, University of Iowa
"Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Children With Bilateral Mild-to-Severe Hearing Loss" 

Ian B. Mertes
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Role of Olivocochlear Efferents for Listening in Dynamic Noise" 

Rene L. Utianski
Assistant Professor, Mayo Clinic
"Assessment of the Utility of Electroencephalographic (EEG) Measures to Distinguish Between Phenotypes of Progressive Apraxia of Speech"

Student Research Grant in Audiology
Awarded $2,000

Viral D. Tejani
PhD Candidate 
University of Iowa
Mentor: Carolyn Brown
"Spectral and Temporal Mechanisms Behind Masking Release in Hybrid Cochlear Implant Users"

Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development
Awarded $2,000

Trianna K. Oglivie
PhD Candidate
University of Arizona
Mentor: Elena Plante
"Application of the Variability Principle Within Phonological Treatment"

New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship
Awarded $10,000 each 

Laura S. Coco
PhD Candidate, University of Arizona
Area of Study: Hearing Health Promotion

Robert B. Fujiki 
PhD Candidate, Purdue University
Area of Study: Voice and Swallowing

Jeffrey P. Johnson
PhD Candidate, Boston University
Area of Study: Aphasia; Neurogenic Language Disorders

Emily E. Kimball
PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University
Area of Study: Voice Physiology and Voice Disorders

Marika R. King
PhD Candidate, Georgia State University
Area of Study: Augmentative and Alternative Communication; Bilingual Language Development and Disorders

Lauren L. Madhoun
PhD Candidate, Ohio State University
Area of Study: Infant Swallowing; Craniofacial Disorders in Infants

Jena C. McDaniel
PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University
Area of Study: Speech and Language Intervention for Children

Shae D. Morgan
PhD Candidate, University of Utah
Area of Study: Hearing and Speech Perception

Trianna K. Oglivie
PhD Candidate, University of Arizona
Area of Study: Treatment Outcomes for Children with Language and Speech Disorders

Rachel D. Reetzke
PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Austin
Area of Study: Speech Perception, Perceptual Learning and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Jaclyn R. Schurman
PhD Candidate, University of Maryland
Area of Study: Speech Intelligibility and Comprehension Performance for Older Adults

Sharon S. Tang
PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Area of Study: Speech and Voice Disorders

Thelma E. Uzonyi
PhD Candidate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Area of Study: Parent-Child Engagement in Language Acquisition

Caitlin J. Vose
PhD Candidate, Arizona State University
Area of Study: Genetics of Speech Sound Disorders

Graduate Student Scholarship
Awarded $5,000 each

Kristina N. Bustamante
PhD Candidate, Florida State University
Speech-Language Science

Logan G. Faust
AuD Candidate, James Madison University

Elizabeth A. Ingrassia
MS Candidate, Columbia University
Speech-Language Pathology

Bradley M. Kimbel
MS Candidate, University of Louisville
Speech-Language Pathology

Renee E. King
PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Kami L. Kubler
MS Candidate, James Madison University
Speech-Language Pathology

Vidisha G. Mohad
PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Corinne P. Streicher
MA Candidate, Michigan State University
Speech-Language Pathology

Yihsin Tai
PhD Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Speech and Hearing Sciences

Emily C. Thompson
AuD Candidate, Vanderbilt University

VaRysa C. Williams
MS Candidate, Gallaudet University
Speech-Language Pathology

Mary Claire Wofford
PhD Candidate, Florida State University
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Loris Yoon
MA Candidate, Eastern Michigan University
Speech-Language Pathology

International Student Scholarship
Awarded $5,000 each

Niloofar Akhavan
PhD Candidate, San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego
Language and Communicative Disorders

Pumpki Lei Su
MS/PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University
Interdisciplinary Studies in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities/Speech and Hearing Sciences

Minority Student Scholarship
Awarded $5,000 each

Jade K. Clark
MA Candidate, University of Cincinnati
Speech-Language Pathology

Maricela Cortes
MS Candidate, California State University, Sacramento
Speech-Language Science

NSSLHA Scholarship
Awarded $5,000 each

Bridget K. Coologhan
MA Candidate, Ohio University
Speech-Language Pathology

Carolyn A. Nguyen
MA Candidate, University of Florida
Speech-Language Pathology

Rebecca A. Skakal
MS Candidate, Marywood University
Speech-Language Pathology

ASHA Research Conferences Travel Grants
Affiliation at time of award

Milijana Buac
PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Teresa Gray
Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University

Erin Meier
PhD Candidate, Boston University

Victoria Tumanova
Assistant Professor, Syracuse University

Elizabeth Walker
Assistant Professor, University of Iowa