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CSD Web Student is First Distance Presenter at Student Research Conference

CSD Web Student is First Distance Presenter at Student Research Conference

WKU CHHS CSD Web Student is WKU’s First Distance Presenter at 46th Annual Student Research Conference

Rachel Burns, a graduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Online Distance Program in the College of Health and Human Services at WKU, presented via Adobe Connect at WKU’s 46th Annual Student Research Conference.  Burns is the first student to present via remote location at the conference.  Burns and co-researchers Callie Haynes and Rebecca Russell examined evidenced-based practices for signing with children with Down’s syndrome from birth to five years and conducted a survey of speech-language pathologists to determine if these evidenced-based practices were being used.  Dr. Janice Carter Smith, who served as their faculty research mentor, stated, “Rachel, Callie, and Becca have been phenomenal students to mentor through this project.  Over the past two semesters, we have collaborated to complete and disseminate this research from four states: Kansas, Arizona, Hawaii, and Kentucky.  Our distance learners bring a wealth of knowledge and diverse perspectives into our program and this is a shining example of the rich outcomes of research collaboration.”  The presentation was also a session winner.


Pictured: Rachel Burns presented at the 46th Annual Student Research Conference via Adobe Connect from her home in Kansas

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders was represented well at the conference.  Kelly Fussman, senior in the CSD program, presented Outcomes of a Speech & Language Pilot Program for International Students with faculty mentor, Dr. Mary Lloyd Moore.


Pictured: Kelly Fussman, CSD senior

WKU CSD juniors Kennedy McAlpin, Alison Glascock, Meredith Tade and seniors Shelby Schaefer and Megan French presented A Novel Game for Improving Engagement in Older Adults with Dementia with faculty mentors, Dr. Jean Neils-Strunjas and Dr. Jason Crandall.


Pictured L to R: CSD juniors Kennedy McAlpin, Alison Glascock, Meredith Tade

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