February 2016 Scott A. Dailey, speech-language pathologist and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Kristina Wilson, senior SLP and clinical researcher at Texas Children’s Hospital, were elected to the 2016–2019 executive council of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. ... People
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The ASHA Leader, February 2016, Vol. 21, 20-22. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.21022016.20
The ASHA Leader, February 2016, Vol. 21, 20-22. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.21022016.20
Appointed
Scott A. Dailey, speech-language pathologist and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Kristina Wilson, senior SLP and clinical researcher at Texas Children’s Hospital, were elected to the 2016–2019 executive council of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
Awarded
Robert Hillman—research director of the Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), professor of surgery and health sciences and technology at Harvard-MIT, and professor of communication sciences and disorders and director of research programs at the MGH Institute of Health Professions—received the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees, recognizing Hillman’s career in speech-language pathology and contributions to the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders.
On the move
Pediatric SLP Patricia Martin Mayro and audiologist Jenny Rajan, specializing in pediatric hearing, have joined the clinical faculty of Salus University—Mayro at the Salus Speech-Language Institute and Rajan at its Pennsylvania Ear Institute.
Retired
Richard Merson, coordinator of clinical research and special projects in the Speech and Language Pathology Department of Michigan’s William Beaumont Hospital, has retired after 26 years at Beaumont and 48 years in the profession. After earning his PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Merson was a research and clinical fellow at the Mayo Clinic, an assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, and the head of speech pathology at the Central Institute for the Deaf. At Beaumont, Merson established the Pediatric Stuttering Program and the Adult and Adolescent Stuttering Center with National Stuttering Association affiliation. He served on the executive board of the Michigan Parkinson Association and was elected chairman of its Professional Advisory Board. He was appointed the ASHA professional continuing education administrator for Beaumont, also serving as department compliance coordinator and developing the Beaumont Outcomes Software System. Merson produced many professional publications, including work on developing outcome reporting systems for speech-language pathology. He served as president of the Missouri and Michigan speech-language-hearing associations and received the Michigan association’s Distinguished Service Award.
Deaths
Robert J. Dunlop, 66, on Aug. 20, 2015, in Salado, Texas, of multiple myeloma. Dunlop received his bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and his master’s and PhD in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He spent many years working as chief of the audiology program at the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System in Temple. During his career, Dunlop also served as president of the Association of VA Audiologists, chairman of the VA Advanced Clinical Access Committee for Audiology, and member of the national VA Audiology Field Advisory Council. He served on the Board of Directors of the Scott Haug Foundation and was a longtime member of the Texas Academy of Audiology and the American Academy of Audiology. After his retirement from the VA in 2008, Dunlop continued to work in private practice for several years.
Robert Martin Screen, 82, on Nov. 18, 2015, in Newport News, Virginia. Screen received his bachelor’s degree from Hampton University, his master’s from New York University and his PhD in communication sciences and disorders from Michigan State University. Returning to Hampton as faculty, Screen founded the university’s degree-granting program in speech-language pathology, the first of its kind at any historically black college or university. He chaired Hampton’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders for more than 50 years before stepping down in August 2010. He received the Pioneer Award from the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing in 1998. An ASHA Fellow, Screen also received ASHA Honors in 2001.
Lois Faye Singer, 89, on Nov. 6, 2015, in Toronto, Ontario. Singer, an ASHA international affiliate, earned her master’s in speech-language pathology from the University of Toronto after completing her undergraduate studies at Mills College in California. She began her career at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and was a charter member of Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (then the Canadian Speech and Hearing Association). Singer later worked at St. Michael’s Hospital in Montreal as a department chair and as a scientist in the voice lab she created, and then opened a private practice in Toronto focused on the assessment and treatment of voice disorders. Singer belonged to several American and Canadian professional organizations, including the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. She continued to work as a clinician until a few years ago.
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