Two ASHA members and researchers in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) recently received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.
Suzanne Adlof, associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina, and Cara Stepp, associate professor in the department of Speech, Language and hearing Sciences, and director of the STEPP LAB for Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Engineering at Boston University, each received the honor for their contributions to research.
Adlof’s research focuses on the relationship between oral and written language development and on the identification and treatment of language and reading disorders to promote positive outcomes. ASHA journal articles she has co-authored include “Understanding Dyslexia in the Context of Developmental Language Disorders,” “Identifying Children at Risk for Developmental Language Disorder Using a Brief, Whole-Classroom Screen,” and “Language Assessment With Children Who Speak Nonmainstream Dialects: Examining the Effects of Scoring Modifications in Norm-Referenced Assessment.”
The goal of Stepp’s research is to use engineering tools to improve the assessment and treatment of voice and speech disorders. Recent ASHA journal articles Stepp has co-authored include: “Relative Fundamental Frequency Distinguishes Between Phonotraumatic and Non-Phonotraumatic Vocal Hyperfunction,” “Video Game Rehabilitation of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction: A Case Series,” and “Variability of the Pressure Measurements Exerted by the Tip of Laryngoscope During Laryngeal Sensory Testing: A Clinical Demonstration.”
Established in 1996, the PECASE acknowledges the contributions scientists and engineers have made to the advancement of science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) education and to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, and community outreach.
Click here for the complete list of PECASE recipients, organized by state. To find more articles by Adlof and Stepp in ASHA journals, search their names on ASHAwire.
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