CSD Faculty & Staff

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Pasquale Bottalico Ph.D.

Research Associate

Work Phone: (517) 353-8780

Pasquale Bottalico earned his bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Univeristà Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (Italy), while simultaneously pursuing a degree in Opera Singing at the F. Cilea Music Academy of Reggio Calabria (Italy). In 2005, he moved to Turin where he earned his master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy). For…Read More

Pasquale Bottalico earned his bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Univeristà Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (Italy), while simultaneously pursuing a degree in Opera Singing at the F. Cilea Music Academy of Reggio Calabria (Italy). In 2005, he moved to Turin where he earned his master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy). For his master’s thesis, Dr. Bottalico combined his studies of engineering and music to explore musician perceptions of acoustics and the correlation with objective index from ISO 3382.

Dr. Bottalico earned his PhD in Metrology, studying acoustics with particular attention to the uncertainty of measurements and statistical analysis of data. For his dissertation, he investigated classroom acoustics of primary schools and its relationship with safety, examining the students and the teachers separately. Specifically, he: 1) described the speech intelligibility in the classroom, which affects students’ learning; and 2) .examined how the acoustical features of a classroom can influence vocal performances. Dr. Bottalico is particularly interested in the professional voice user and singer techniques, as well as the definition and the quantification of vocal load. Other fields he is interested in are Speech Intelligibility, Room Acoustics and Musical Acoustics. Dr. Bottalico has authored peer-reviewed papers and more than forty non-peer-reviewed pieces. Bottalico is also a professional chorister, performing under such prestigious directors as Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos, Yuri Ahronovitch, Jeffrey Tate, Juanio Mena, Gianandrea Noseda, Ottavio Dantone, Wayne Marshall, Helmuth Rilling, Christopher Hogwood, Robert King and Ivor Bolton.

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Fan Cao Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Work Phone: (517) 353-6622

Cao’s research interests include developmental cognitive neuroscience, educational neuroscience, neural basis of language development and disorders, cross-language differences in reading development and disorders, and neural basis of second language learning in children and adults. She is studying how different interventions help improve the reading abilities of children with dyslexia.

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Cao’s research interests include developmental cognitive neuroscience, educational neuroscience, neural basis of language development and disorders, cross-language differences in reading development and disorders, and neural basis of second language learning in children and adults. She is studying how different interventions help improve the reading abilities of children with dyslexia.

Her work has been published in some of the top journals in the field and was the lead researcher for a study published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, titled "High Proficiency in a Second Language is Characterized by Greater Involvement of the First Language Network: Evidence from Chinese Learners of English." She also was the lead researcher on a study examining the hypothesis that learning to write Chinese characters influences the brain’s reading network for characters. That study, "Writing Affects the Brain Network of Reading in Chinese: A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study," was published in Human Brain Mapping.

Cao received her Ph.D. from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University in 2009, and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in psychology from Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China. She did her post-doctoral training at the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

Before coming to MSU, she was an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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Michael Casby Ph.D.

Emeritus Faculty

Work Phone: (517) 432-8201 Work Fax: (517) 353-3176

Key Research Interest

Developmental language disorders.

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Key Research Interest

Developmental language disorders.

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Soo-Eun Chang Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty

Soo-Eun Chang, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Rosa Casco Solano-Lopez Research Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Soo-Eun is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University.

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Soo-Eun Chang, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Rosa Casco Solano-Lopez Research Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Soo-Eun is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University.

One of the goals of her research program is to identify biomarkers that may help diagnose and predict persistent forms of stuttering in the future. Soo-Eun is also interested in developing novel treatment options for stuttering, which may include neuromodulatory techniques that augment behavioral therapy, and early intervention to prevent chronic life-time stuttering. Soo-Eun received her clinical training as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Vanderbilt University, received her PhD in Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and trained as a postdoctoral research fellow at the NINDS Intramural Research Program at the NIH.

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Paul Cooke Ph.D.

Emeritus Faculty

Work Phone: (517) 353-8788 Work Fax: (517) 353-3176

Key Research Interest

Professional Interests: stuttering, speech behaviors, mind-body communication and clinical hypnotherapy

Credentials
Ph.D. Purdue University (1980)-Speech Science
M.S. Purdue University (1974)-Speech Pathology
B.S. Michigan State University (1972)-Mathematics

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Key Research Interest

Professional Interests: stuttering, speech behaviors, mind-body communication and clinical hypnotherapy

Credentials
Ph.D. Purdue University (1980)-Speech Science
M.S. Purdue University (1974)-Speech Pathology
B.S. Michigan State University (1972)-Mathematics

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Dimitar Deliyski Ph.D.

MSU Foundation Professor and Chair

Work Phone: (517) 884-2258

Research Interests:
Pediatric Voice and Laryngology Research, Voice and Laryngeal Research, Biomedical Engineering & Voice Science

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Research Interests:
Pediatric Voice and Laryngology Research, Voice and Laryngeal Research, Biomedical Engineering & Voice Science

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Laura Dilley Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Work Phone: (517) 884-2255 Work Fax: (517) 353-3176

Laura Dilley, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She received her B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 1997 from MIT and her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Biosciences and Technology from MIT and Harvard in 2005. After serving as a post-doctoral research associate in cognitive psychology at…Read More

Laura Dilley, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She received her B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 1997 from MIT and her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Biosciences and Technology from MIT and Harvard in 2005. After serving as a post-doctoral research associate in cognitive psychology at Ohio State University, she served as an Assistant Professor from 2006-2009 at Bowling Green State University with a dual appointment in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Department of Psychology. In 2008 she received the Clyde R. Willis Award Faculty Development Award for strong, balanced performance in teaching, research, and service, with major accomplishments in research. She has received funding from NIH-NIDCD for her research on properties of maternal speech input that predict the development of speech and language skills in infants with and without hearing loss. Moreover, she has received funding from NIH-NICHD for research on the acquisition of temporal patterns in child speech and language production. In 2009 she received the prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award to investigate how pitch and timing cues in speech context contribute to normal perception of words. She is an author of over 21 peer-reviewed publications.

MSU Speech Perception-Production Lab

Research Interests:
Role of pitch and timing cues in speech perception; factors affecting the development of speech and language

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Simone Graetzer Ph.D.

Research Associate

Work Phone: (517) 432-8202 Work Fax: (517) 353-3176

Simone Graetzer’s research interests include speech and room acoustics, speech intelligibility, and speech biomechanics and physiology.

In early 2013, Simone completed her Ph.D. at the University of Melbourne, investigating the interaction of speech acoustics and biomechanics in coarticulation (primary supervisor: Associate Professor Janet Fletcher). Undertaking research in the Phonetics Laboratory and in the Speech Neuroscience…Read More

Simone Graetzer’s research interests include speech and room acoustics, speech intelligibility, and speech biomechanics and physiology.

In early 2013, Simone completed her Ph.D. at the University of Melbourne, investigating the interaction of speech acoustics and biomechanics in coarticulation (primary supervisor: Associate Professor Janet Fletcher). Undertaking research in the Phonetics Laboratory and in the Speech Neuroscience Unit in the Melbourne School of Health Sciences, she gained expertise in speech acoustics and lingual biomechanics and strengthened her skills in statistics and data science. Her Ph.D. research on the locus equation (regression) metric as a measure of coarticulation was published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

After completing her Ph.D., Simone worked for a year as a lecturer at the University of Melbourne, and completed the Future Research Leaders Program (Group of Eight Universities, Australia). In 2014, she embarked on a National Institutes of Health funded postdoctoral fellowship with Associate Professor Eric Hunter in the Voice Biomechanics and Acoustics Laboratory (VBAL) in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Her current research aims to quantify gender-specific voice accommodation strategies used in occupational settings and acoustic environments, to evaluate the effect of room acoustics and ambient noise on speech intelligibility, and to identify patterns in acoustic data that reflect laryngeal and pulmonary health.

In 2015, Simone was the recipient of a Women in Acoustics Young Investigator Travel Grant, sponsored by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), which is awarded to promising young acousticians. She has been a member of the ASA since 2007.

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Amanda Hampton Wray Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-8699

Amanda Hampton Wray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin, her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Purdue University, and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience at Purdue University under the guidance of Dr.…Read More

Amanda Hampton Wray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin, her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Purdue University, and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience at Purdue University under the guidance of Dr. Christine Weber-Fox. She completed postdoctoral training with Dr. Helen Neville in the Brain Development Lab at the University of Oregon.

Her research interests include the development of brain functions for attention and language and the ways in which a child’s environment may affect brain development and performance on cognitive tasks. She studies brain development in both typically developing children and children with communication disorders. Additional research interests include methods for improving attention and language skills in children and adults with communication disorders and using brain functions to evaluate listening effort.

Key Research Interests:
Neurophysiology, electroencephalography (EEG), event-related brain potentials (ERPs), development, language, attention, listening effort, communication disorders

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Casie Hansel

Grant Program Manager

Work Phone: (517) 353-9609

Casie has over ten years experience working in academic affairs. With a Masters Degree in Education, Adult and Higher Education, she is passionate to see students succeed and excel in their endeavors. She has worked various positions within the College of Communication Arts and Sciences over the past three years. Her duties as Academic Programs…Read More

Casie has over ten years experience working in academic affairs. With a Masters Degree in Education, Adult and Higher Education, she is passionate to see students succeed and excel in their endeavors. She has worked various positions within the College of Communication Arts and Sciences over the past three years. Her duties as Academic Programs Coordinator include collecting and processing MA application material, and maintaining current MA student files. She also processes all the various forms and paperwork needed for the graduate program.

Casie joined the College of Arts & Sciences team in January 2013 as the "super floater" and supports a variety of initiatives within the college. Currently she supports the Office for Research as the Grant Program Manager for CSD, JRN, and AD+PR Departments. Additionally, she also works as the Academic Program Coordinator for AD+PR. Casie has been working in Higher Education since 2003 and has earned her Masters Degree in Adult and Higher Education (GVSU)and Bachelors in Organizational Administration(CMU).

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Kristin Hicks

Instructor

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Eric J. Hunter Ph.D.

Associate Professor, CSD Associate Chair and Chair of the College Advisory Council

Work Phone: (517) 884-6778 Work Fax: (517) 353-3176

Eric Hunter currently serves as the Associate Chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders as well as Chair of the College Advisory Council. Dr. Hunter came to MSU from the National Center for Voice and Speech, where he served as Deputy Executive Director for six years. In this role, he played an instrumental…Read More

Eric Hunter currently serves as the Associate Chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders as well as Chair of the College Advisory Council. Dr. Hunter came to MSU from the National Center for Voice and Speech, where he served as Deputy Executive Director for six years. In this role, he played an instrumental role in transitioning the center to its current home at the University of Utah.

For the last 15 years, Dr. Hunter has researched occupational voice use, specifically examining voice disorders in elementary and secondary school teachers. The goal of his current NIH-funded research is to quantify the risk for and recovery from tissue damage, as well as to ascertain why female teachers appear to be at greater risk.

Hunter’s research interests include biomechanics of speech articulators, occupational voice use, biomechanical models of the vocal system, muscle mechanics and muscle models, and signal processing. Broader academic interests include recording techniques, speech perception, musical acoustics and machine recognition of speech.

Dr. Hunter’s expertise on the vocal health of teachers and the aging voice has been consulted in newspaper and television interviews across the United States and Asia, including The New York Times and MSNBC.

Dr. Hunter earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis in acoustics and vibration. His master’s thesis, which focused on designing and testing computer-generated visual aids, shifted his interest from general acoustics to speech acoustics. He completed his training in the area of speech science and received his doctorate from the University of Iowa. His dissertation topic used continuum mechanics to model vocal fold posturing. He is married and has three children.

Roles and Responsibilities

Chair; College Advisory Council, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University; Member, Faculty Senate, Michigan State University; Member, University Council, Michigan State University; Trifecta Intellectual Leaders Governing Committee; Member, Health and Risk Communication Center; Musician’s Wellness Team, College of Music, Michigan State University

Courses

CSD 840: Voice Disorders

Key Research Interest Areas

Voice Disorders, Occupational Voice Risks, Biomechanical Modeling, Research Recording Techniques

Project Title and Source

“Gender Differences and Speech Accommodation in Occupational Settings” (NIH, NIDCD R01 DC012315) Role: PI Aims: Quantify gender-specific voice accommodation strategies used in occupational settings and acoustic environments. Develop models of exposure and recovery from heavy voice use.

“Influence of subglottic anatomy on voice production” (NIH, NIDCD R01DC009616) Role: Subcontract PI Tasks: Consult in procurement of laryngeal specimen, micro-CT imaging, and histological slides. Develop research protocols and train primary site location students in locating and selecting anatomical landmarks on images. Image histological slides and design online repository for images.

Favorite Quotation

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard," Herb Brooks, the coach of the 1980 U.S. Ice Hockey team that beat the Russian Hockey team for the gold medal.

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Alison Keesey

Academic Program Manager

Work Phone: 517-353-8780
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Peter LaPine Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-7044 Work Fax: (517) 353-3176

Dr. LaPine has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University since 1984. He is the founder and Director of the Vocal Tract Performance Laboratory.

He is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Institute of International Health, Core faculty in the…Read More

Dr. LaPine has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University since 1984. He is the founder and Director of the Vocal Tract Performance Laboratory.

He is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Institute of International Health, Core faculty in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and a member of the Vocal Health Team in the College of Music. His career in speech language pathology has provided him with a diverse and rewarding history involving teaching, research, administration, and clinical service. He has been the President of the Mid-Michigan Maxillofacial and Oral Cleft Consultation Clinic, consultant to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for neurogenic communicative disorders, consultant for videolaryngostroboscopy, digital imagery, and head and neck cancer voice restoration for Head and Neck Surgery Associates, and Mid-Michigan Ear, Nose and Throat in East Lansing, MI.

His publication history includes articles in Folia Phoniatricia, Journal of Medical Speech Language Pathology, Journal of Communication Disorders, Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Music Educators Association, and other national and international journals. Dr. LaPine is a co-author with collaborators at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center on an upcoming article in Archives of Otolaryngology- Head Neck Surgery, entitled Outcomes of Elective Total Laryngectomy for Laryngopharyngeal Dysfunction in Head and Neck Cancer (in press).

He has developed and directed nearly 50 clinical training projects in the state of Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mexico, unique in design as speech-language pathology is the key component of each project. His teaching and research history at Michigan State University are in the areas of adult communicative disorders including voice disorders. His course "Medical Aspects of Speech-Language Pathology" is recognized for providing over 95% of the department.

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Matthew Phillips M.A., CCC-SLP

Instructor

Work Phone: (517) 353-3176

Matt is a part-time instructor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. He received a BA in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1991 and an MA in speech-language pathology from Western Michigan University in 1994. Matt’s clinical work has been both medical and school-based, and has literally crossed the lifespan from neonatal/premature infant care to…Read More

Matt is a part-time instructor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. He received a BA in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1991 and an MA in speech-language pathology from Western Michigan University in 1994. Matt’s clinical work has been both medical and school-based, and has literally crossed the lifespan from neonatal/premature infant care to geriatric services. His therapeutic expertise lies in the areas of speech sound disorders, developmental disabilities and low-incidence diagnoses, autism spectrum disorder, augmentative and alternative communication, and behavior. Matt is also employed by the Ingham Intermediate School District as coordinator of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. He is a member of multiple professional organizations and has served as a site visitor for the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

As practitioner with more than two decades of experience, Matt has had the opportunity to support the development of clinicians across the entire breadth of their training, including undergraduate coursework and observation, graduate level study and clinical internships, and clinical fellowships. He brings this focus on clinical application to his classroom instruction.

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Jerry Punch Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Work Phone: (517) 353-8656 Home Phone: (517) 349-8541

Dr. Punch, an audiologist, has held clinical, academic, and administrative positions in diverse professional settings. He came to MSU in 1990, where he has taught multiple courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; conducted research on a variety of topics related to hearing aids, hearing aid fitting procedures, hearing handicap, and hearing loss prevention; and…Read More

Dr. Punch, an audiologist, has held clinical, academic, and administrative positions in diverse professional settings. He came to MSU in 1990, where he has taught multiple courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; conducted research on a variety of topics related to hearing aids, hearing aid fitting procedures, hearing handicap, and hearing loss prevention; and served as department chairperson from 1994-2000. Retired since May 2011, he maintains an office in the department and continues to pursue his professional interests in hearing handicap, hearing loss prevention, and community noise. He currently serves as the college representative to the University Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (UCRIHS). Dr. Punch is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology, and is the recipient of several research and service awards. He consults as a forensic audiologist in cases involving hearing performance standards and community noise, and has a special interest in the association between wind-turbine noise and adverse health effects.

Key Research Interest

Research interests include the development of hearing performance standards for hearing-critical occupations, hearing loss due to exposure to loud noise and music, adverse health effects from exposure to wind-turbine noise, speech audiometric measures, the development and evaluation of low-cost hearing aids, and quality-of-life implications of hearing loss.

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Brad Rakerd Ph.D.

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-8195 Work Fax: (517) 353-3176

Brad Rakerd is a Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. His previous appointments include Chairperson of the Department, Co-Director of MSUs Hearing Research Center, and Director of the Oyer Speech-Language Hearing Clinic. Professor Rakerd is currently an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Audiology. His research interests include sound localization, speech…Read More

Brad Rakerd is a Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. His previous appointments include Chairperson of the Department, Co-Director of MSUs Hearing Research Center, and Director of the Oyer Speech-Language Hearing Clinic. Professor Rakerd is currently an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Audiology. His research interests include sound localization, speech perception, and cognitive effects of hearing impairment. Professor Rakerd is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Acoustical Society of America. His MSU affiliations include the Acoustics Research Group, the Cognitive Sciences Program, and MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters,and Social Sciences Online. Research Interests Sound localization, Speech perception, Hearing impairment and cognitive effort

Education

A.B., 1974, Brown University
M.A., 1976, University of Pennsylvania
Ph. D., 1982, University of Connecticut

MSU Affiliations

Acoustics Research Group
Oral History in the Digital Age (OHDA) Project Team
Cognitive Science Program

Research Interests

Spatial Hearing
Speech Perception
Hearing Impairment and Cognitive Effort
Hearing aid Fitting

Recent Teaching

CSD 203: Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
CSD 303: Hearing Science
CSD 313: Speech Science

Descriptions of these courses can be obtained from the Registrar

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Jeff Searl

Jeff Searl comes to the MSU Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders with a combination of clinical experience and research that can prepare students for the practice of speech and language pathology as well as research in clinical populations.

Searl served for more than a decade as full-time faculty in the Hearing and Speech Department…Read More

Jeff Searl comes to the MSU Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders with a combination of clinical experience and research that can prepare students for the practice of speech and language pathology as well as research in clinical populations.

Searl served for more than a decade as full-time faculty in the Hearing and Speech Department at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC). He also served five years on faculty at Bowling Green State University, and about seven years as a practicing speech-language pathologist at KUMC.

Searl’s faculty roles have focused almost exclusively on graduate student training at the Master’s degree level (training clinicians) and Ph.D. level (training research scientists). As a researcher, his primary areas of interest relate to understanding effort in communication in adults with head and neck cancer or with neurodegenerative diseases.

Searl relocated to mid-Michigan from Kansas City. He has two college-age children as well as two dogs. He enjoys family time, gardening, and cooking most anything—with sushi and Italian cuisine being his favorites.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Searl engages in a mix of teaching, research and service within his role at MSU. His teaching spans the undergraduate and graduate curricula, and draws on his primary areas of expertise: medical aspects of speech-language pathology. His research is focused principally on alterations to tongue and lip function in adults with head and neck cancer or with neurodegenerative diseases.

Searl enjoys interacting with students from undergraduate to masters to doctoral students. He looks forward to collaborating with colleagues within the department, and across the college and university to build knowledge and improve the diagnosis and treatment of people with communication disorders.
 
KEY RESEARCH INTEREST
Searl’s research focuses on two main areas united by a common theme: effort in communication. His first area of interest is to broaden the understanding of the role of fatigue and effort in behaviors, abilities and communication choices of people with head and neck cancer who have undergone surgery. His ultimate goal is to optimize the clinical practice of medical personnel and speech-language pathologists who care for these patients, and to improve patient quality of life.
 
Searl’s second area of research focuses on understanding how lip and tongue weakness from neurological diseases (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) manifests during speech production. His research has led to the development of a system that can index strength of articulation by the tongue and lips as speech is produced. The system allows researchers to inform on the relationships between tongue and lip strength and speech production in neurological disease, examine the relationship between altered speech movements and effort and fatigue, and guide specific instructions that therapists might give such as, ‘exaggerate your articulation,’ ‘be louder,’ and ‘slow down.’

RECENT AWARDS

  • Fellow, American Speech Language Hearing Association
  • Modal Fellowship Faculty Mentor
  • Stata Norton Distinguished Teaching Award, KUMC School of Health Professions
  • James C. Shanks Master Clinician Award, International Association of Laryngectomees
  • Clinical Excellence Award, International Association of Laryngectomees
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Ida Stockman Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Stockman held clinical, teaching and research positions in multiple professional settings before beginning a teaching career at MSU in 1983. She was jointly appointed in MSU’s Departments of Communicative Sciences and Disorders and Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education where she taught courses on human development, phonetics, multicultural issues and communication disorders.

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Dr. Stockman held clinical, teaching and research positions in multiple professional settings before beginning a teaching career at MSU in 1983. She was jointly appointed in MSU’s Departments of Communicative Sciences and Disorders and Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education where she taught courses on human development, phonetics, multicultural issues and communication disorders.

Across a career spanning four decades of research, teaching and professional services, Dr Stockman’s work focused on three areas, which include (1) the typical and atypical development of children who acquire minority languages such as African American English, (2) the role of the movement senses (tactile – kinesthetic- proprioceptive) in the cognition and language of children with typical development and those with atypical development on the autism spectrum and (3) the interface of human and machine learning and development. She has made more than 200 scholarly contributions to these areas inclusive of refereed and invited journal articles, conferences and workshops at local, state, national and international venues. She also has rendered services to more than two-dozen professional boards/task forces and reviewed manuscripts for more than a dozen journals.

Since her retirement in 2007, Dr. Stockman has continued to do research, consulting and mentoring. Her current research includes a focus on natural oral language analysis as a least-biased venue for identifying typical developmental milestones among young speakers of minority languages such as African American English and exploring the viability of a minimal competence core notion for creating usable protocols for assessing their language.

Awards

Dr. Stockman is a recipient of an MSU Distinguished Faculty Award. She is a Fellow of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association and a 2006 recipient of Association Honors.

Recent Publications

  • Stockman, I.J. Guillory, B., Seibert, M., & Boult, J. (2013). Toward validation of a minimal. competence core for morphosyntax. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 22, 40-56.
  • Latham, S., & Stockman, I.J. (2014). Effect of augmented sensorimotor input on learning verbal and nonverbal tasks among children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44, 1288-1302.
  • Newkirk-Turner, B.L., Oetting, J., & Stockman, I.J. (2014). BE, DO, and modal auxiliaries of 3-year-old African American English speakers. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 57 (4), 13-83-93.
  • Newkirk-Turner, B.L., Horton, R., & Stockman, I.J. (2015). Language acquisition in the African American child: prior to age four. In S. Lanehart (Ed). The Oxford Handbook of African American Language (pp. 439-453). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Stockman, I.J. Newkirk-Turner, B.L., Schwartzlander, E.L., & Morris, L R. (in review). African American children’s performance on the Minimal Competence Core for Morphosyntax and the Index of Productive Syntax.
  • Stockman, I.J., & Kudsin, J. (in review). Nonsentential utterances in spontaneous speech: An unexplored window on children’s oral communicative competence: Implications for clinical assessment.
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Bethany L. Sussman

Research Associate

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