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University Forges Teleconsultation Program with Speech Pathologists in India(Video)

January 3, 2017

Check out this video about our Teleconsultation program headed up by Ramani Voleti M.S., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, LSVTC.

View the original story at SU News.

National Awards for Students in Auditory Research Lab

November 21, 2016

In the Auditory Electrophysiology Research Lab of Associate Professor Kathy Vander Werff, students play an important role in the research being done. Their commitment to the field of communication sciences and disorders is clear to their mentor—and now their academic excellence has been recognized by others outside the University.

Graduate student Sidorela Doci was honored with an award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Ph.D. student Kenneth Morse received a research travel award to attend the upcoming American Speech-Language-Hearing (ASHA) Convention this month; and Vander Werff and several students won an award for a poster presentation at the American Academy of Audiology.

Read the full article at SU News.

Kelly Worcester Wins Alpha Vista-Asian India Causus Scholarship

November 19, 2016
Kelly Worcester, a second year graduate student in speech language pathology, won the "Alpha Vista-Asian Indian Caucus Scholarship" to the amount of $500 for her poster presentation titled “Global consultation and collaboration: who benefits?” at ASHA 2016. This student award was sponsored by The Asian Indian Caucus (AIC; a multicultural constituency group of ASHA) and AlphaVista USA, a leading provider of special education services in schools and was in recognition of speech/language/hearing/swallowing/cognition research/services pertaining to Asian Indian Population. Kelly was involved in a project that benefited patients with neurogenic communication disorders in India as a result of a collaboration between the Gebbie Clinic/Syracuse University and Samvaad Institute, India.

Radhika Poovayya Visits the ASHA Convention

November 17, 2016
Radhika Poovayya, director of the Samvaad Institue in India, came to the ASHA Convention to support SLP students, Kelly Worcester and Kerry McNamara on their poster "Global Consultation and Collaboration: Who benefits?" Winner of the Meritorious Poster Award.

Olivia Frieling (Nov. 2016)

November 1, 2016

Olivia Frieling, Linda Milosky, Anita Lightburn & Tanya Eckert (2016, November).
Use of Spectrograms to Increase American English Sound Patterns: Generalization to Spontaneous Speech

Poster presented at the annual convention of the Council of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Philadelphia, PA

Nicole Backes (Nov. 2016)

November 1, 2016

Victoria Tumanova & Nicole Backes (2016, November).
Autonomic Nervous System Response to Various Speaking Tasks in Stuttering & Normally-Fluent Preschool-Age Children

Poster presented at the annual convention of the Council of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Philadelphia, PA

Kelly Worcester & Kerry McNamara (Nov. 2016)

November 1, 2016

Ramani Voleti, Kelly Worcester, Kerry McNamara, Radhika Poovayya & Bhagya Shivkumar (2016, November). 
Global Consultation & Collaboration: Who Benefits?

Poster presented at the annual convention of the Council of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Philadelphia, PA

Kara Comins (Nov. 2016)

November 1, 2016

Kara Comins, Linda Milosky, Megan Leece & Tanya Eckert (2016, November).
Multi-Modal Vocabulary Intervention Using Curriculum-Based Verbs  

Poster presented at the annual convention of the Council of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Philadelphia, PA

New Stuttering Lab Builds on Rich Research Tradition

October 5, 2016

Victoria Tumanova’s stuttering research lab in the communications sciences and disorders department resumes a long SU tradition of research on the subject. Tumanova, along with two undergraduate and two graduate students, explores the causes and persistence of stuttering in children and is looking to recruit Syracuse-area preschoolers, with and without stutters, for future studies.

“It’s great to see Dr. Tumanova rebuild a strong stuttering research program. In the ’80s and ’90s SU was one of the top stuttering research programs in the country,” says department chair, Karen Doherty. She explains that a former SU professor, Edward Conture, and an alumna, Patricia Zebrowski, mentored Tumanova prior to her accepting an assistant professorship at SU in 2013 and kicking off research in 2014. “Thus, it comes full circle for Dr. Tumanova to be the person to rebuild the stuttering lab,” Doherty says.

Read the full story at AS News.

Professor Examines Link Between Sleep, Aphasia Recovery

September 28, 2016

The Communications Sciences and Disorders department is host to a new research lab, led by Assistant Professor Ellyn Riley. Work will focus on the language disorder aphasia, which is most often caused by stroke. Riley and lab members will investigate how personal factors influence aphasia recovery.

“Dr. Riley has done an excellent job developing the aphasia lab, which brings a new area of research to our department, and fits in well with the neuroscience integrated learning major program at SU,” says department chair Karen Doherty.

Aphasia is a common language disorder that, in addition to stroke, can be caused by other attacks on the brain’s language centers, such as traumatic brain injury, infection, brain tumor or neurodegenerative diseases. The condition causes sufferers to have difficulty expressing and understanding language. Diagnosis by a speech-language pathologist or neurologist involves brain imaging and speech and language tests. Speech therapy is the primary treatment, but Riley will be investigating additional, supportive modalities to aid recovery.

Read the full article at AS News.

Hillary Clinton Does Not Have Aphasia. Here's Why...

August 21, 2016
An article in the Huffington Post by Dr. Ellyn Riley.

2017 Admitted Student Info

Welcome to Syracuse University!

The below links will help you get prepared for the fall. For questions contact our office at (315) 443-9637 or

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How to Apply for Fall 2018

The application cycle for Fall 2018 will open on August 2, 2017. All applicants must apply through the Communication Sciences & Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) and all supporting documents must be sent to CSDCAS.

Here is a detailed document explaining the Application Instructions.

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A Different View of Sound

There is an excellent article written in the Syracuse A&S news about Dr. Preston’s research using ultrasound to treat speech sound disorders. Dr. Preston recently created a video demonstrating this type of treatment for, which is intended to be used by practicing clinicians and speech pathology students.

Kenny Morse Receives ARTA

Congratulations to Kenny Morse! He has been selected to receive the Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award (ARTA) to attend the 2016 ASHA Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 17–19. This award is available to AuD and PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in audiology or hearing science who have expressed an interest in pursuing a research career in communication sciences and disorders. As an award recipient, Kenny will receive a complimentary registration and a $500 stipend.