ASHFoundation Awards More Than $600,000 in Funding Grants include the first researcher-practitioner collaboration awards. ASHA News
ASHA News  |   December 01, 2018
ASHFoundation Awards More Than $600,000 in Funding
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ASHA News   |   December 01, 2018
ASHFoundation Awards More Than $600,000 in Funding
The ASHA Leader, December 2018, Vol. 23, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.AN8.23122018.68
The ASHA Leader, December 2018, Vol. 23, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.AN8.23122018.68
Researchers, students and clinical professionals received more than $600,000 in funding from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. Among this year’s awardees are the first recipients of the Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration Grant, a new program to encourage collaborative research studies to improve services for people with communication disorders.
Research grant recipients are:
Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration Grants ($35,000) support partnerships between academic or organizational researchers and clinical practitioners for collaborative studies to improve clinical services:
  • Michelle S. Bourgeois, professor, University of South Florida, and Jennifer A. Brush, chief executive officer, Brush Development, Inc.

  • Jessica G. Caron, assistant professor, Pennsylvania State University, and Meghan O’Brien, speech-language pathologist II, Boston Children’s Hospital

  • Katherine Hutcheson, associate professor, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; and Heather M. Starmer, clinical assistant professor/director, Head and Neck Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation, Stanford Cancer Center

  • Sarah F. Poissant, associate professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Lisa Rylant, clinical audiologist, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

New Century Scholars Research Grants ($25,000) encourage innovative studies and investigators:
  • Sriram Boothalingam, assistant professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, supported by the Wayne and Marilyn Olsen Audiology Research Fund

  • Elizabeth Erickson DiRenzo, assistant professor, Stanford University

  • Hua Ou, visiting assistant professor, Wayne State University

  • Stephanie Ries-Cornou,assistant professor, San Diego State University

New Investigators Research Grants ($10,000) fund the research of scientists who have earned a doctorate within the past five years:
  • Lauren M. Cycyk, assistant professor, University of Oregon

  • Ashley B. de Marchena, assistant professor, University of the Sciences

  • Vijayalakshmi Easwar, visiting assistant professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Amanda M. Griffin, director of audiology research, Boston Children’s Hospital

  • Christine E. Holyfield, assistant professor, University of Arkansas

  • Kathleen F. Nagle, assistant professor, Seton Hall University

  • Sarah E. Perry, postdoctoral research fellow, Columbia University

  • Emily D. Quinn, assistant professor, Oregon Health & Science University

  • Varsha H. Rallapalli, postdoctoral research fellow, Northwestern University

  • Arianna Rigon, postdoctoral research fellow, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • Allison J. Schaser, postdoctoral researcher, Oregon Health and Science University

Student Research Grant in Audiology ($2,000) for doctoral students (supported by the Ira M. Ventry and Brad W. Friedrich Memorial Funds):
  • Kathryn B. Wiseman, PhD candidate, University of Texas at Dallas (research mentor: Andrea Warner-Czyz)

Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development ($2,000) for master’s or doctoral students (supported by the Arlene M. and Noel D. Matkin Memorial Fund):
  • Ashwaq A. Alzamel, PhD candidate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (research mentor: Elizabeth Crais)

  • Olga Peskova, PhD candidate, University of Texas at Dallas (research mentor: Peter Assmann)

The awards were presented at the ASHFoundation’s annual Founders Breakfast, held during the 2018 ASHA Convention in Boston. More than 400 ASHFoundation individual and corporate donors, award recipients, and friends gathered at the breakfast to celebrate these innovators.
Clinical awards were announced online in the November Leader; scholarships will appear in the January issue.
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