2016 Scholarship Awardees

Plural Publishing Research Awards


Nancy Quick
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
A Multi-linguistic Analysis of Spelling Among Children with Hearing Loss

Dr. Melody Harrison, Faculty Advisor

Chelsea Hull
University of Nebraska Lincoln
The Impact of Sound-Field Amplification Systems on Student Achievement Outcomes

Dr. Sherri Jones, Faculty Advisor

Frances Laven Student Service Award


Megan Andrews
Bowling Green State University

PhD Scholarship


Maysoon Biller
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Cynthia Johnson, Faculty Mentor
Multiple-probe study design across four participants, ages 3 to 6 years. The dependent variable is the production of spoken words by the participants, and is measured by the presentation of stimulus words during session probes. The independent variable is the combined treatment approach, consisting of natural teaching strategies (NTS) and speech production strategies (SPS).

Laura Roche Chapman
Ohio University

Dr. Brooke Hallowell, Faculty Mentor
Develop and validate a pupillometric method to examine effort during sentence processing in people with and without aphasia.

Catharine DeLong
University of Utah

Dr. Julie Wambaugh, Faculty Mentor
Examine practice effects, the potential changes in accuracy of responding to repeated picture naming attempts, in individuals with various types of aphasia as measured across repeated trials.

Caitlin M. Imgrund
University of Kansas

Dr. Diane Loeb, Faculty Mentor
Investigate the grammatical and semantic skills of children born preterm via language sample analysis and determine the relationship between conversational language skills and the results of standardized assessment of language.

Pak Wing Boji Lam
University of Texas at Austin

Li Sheng, Faculty Mentor
Examine how performance pressure impacts listening in advanced second language (L2) learners.

Elizabeth Heller Murray
Boston University

Dr. Cara Stepp, Faculty Mentor
Examine the vocal motor control system of children with vocal hyper-function (VH), a common characteristic of voice disorders.

Carolyn Novaleski

Dr. Bernard Rousseau, Faculty Mentor
Investigate the epithelial origin of vocal fold disease and how the vocal fold epithelium responds to vibration-induced injury in an in vivo rabbit model.

Victoria Scharp
University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Connie Tompkins, Faculty Mentor
Examine ongoing events signaled by verb aspect and hypothesizes that ongoing events engender a fine-grained incremental updating process.

Meg Simone
MGH Institute of Health Professions

Dr. Jordan Green, Faculty Mentor
To understand how jaw movement patterns adapt to sensorimotor cortical excitability changes and somatosensory perturbations, and if there are differential effects of the stimulation on jaw movement during speech and chewing.

Salima Suleman
University of Alberta

Dr. Tammy Hopper, Faculty Mentor
Combine the innovative use of eye-tracking technology and non-verbal measures of cognition and decision-making (DM) to carry out one of the first explorations of DM in people with aphasia (PWA)