With busy schedules and professional demands, it can become easy to get caught in the trap of your own work and inadvertently ignore the needs of other communities. Dr. Kerry Witherell is working to break her students out of their regular routine by serving people who need audiological services in Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood.
Language and our ability to communicate unites us. For some, however, disorders such as stuttering make connection more difficult. Through her research in the Speech Fluency Lab, Dr. Jayanthi Sasiekaran examines speech and language processes that contribute to speech fluency to understand why some people stutter.
As graduation nears for many students, the last semester is a time to reflect on memories at the University. Graduating senior Kaitlin Trefethen looks back on the skills and experiences she gained through speech-language-hearing sciences and how she can take that knowledge into the future.
Our voices are a crucial piece of our identity. When your voice and identity don’t match, it’s difficult to express yourself with confidence. Marilyn Fairchild and Dr. Sheri Stronach work with transgender clients to cultivate a voice that enables them to fully express their identity.
Difficulties in language development can cause children to fall behind academically and socially. Through her research with early language intervention and children with neurodevelopmental disorders, Dr. Liza Finestack is working to improve clinical practices and keep children from this population on track.
“Even though I’m not using my degree in the way I imagined I would, I wouldn’t have gotten my job had I not had it.” 2018 SLHS graduate Payton Counts is pursuing a career path different than many in her field. Through the help of her education in CLA and the faculty behind her, she is able to do meaningful work in suicide prevention for native youth in the Twin Cities.
“You never know when the phone rings what you might be up to do,” says Director of the Center For Applied and Translational Sensory Sciences Peggy Nelson. What began as wind turbine research for humans took a turn when Nelson was asked to test some other subjects--ones with feathers.
"My whole college experience changed because of one email." Sarah Rosen, a recent graduate of the speech-language hearing sciences department, fell in love with the world of speech-language-hearing sciences by taking a risk. That one email gave her the experience she needed to begin a career with passion.
Rebecca Lulai’s role in community outreach began when she arrived at the U of M in 2006. Most notably, Lulai oversees the ALS Speech Bank, a unique program receiving national attention for its work with patients who will eventually lose their voice to the disease. Learn how Lulai helps ALS patients preserve part of their identity.
Dr. Edward Carney will retire this year after working 23 years at the University of Minnesota. He has particularly enjoyed his role as a consultant and educator who has worked with students in many areas of the discipline.
Dr. Bert Schlauch and his graduate students Jocelyn Tzu-Ling Yu and Andrew Kersten partnered with entrepreneur Jackson Mann to minimize hearing loss through the creation of Vibes: affordable, high-quality earplugs that protect hearing while not impeding sound quality.
A screening of "The Way We Talk,” a documentary about living with stuttering by Michael Turner, sparked meaningful conversations about building community and support—for people who stutter and those who care about them.
A shortage of research faculty threatens our capacity to prepare the next generation of clinicians, scientists, and educators, diminishing evidence-based innovation in speech, language, and hearing sciences and disorders.