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Pre-Conference and Plenary Sessions

CAPCSD Annual Conference banner, theme is Jazz It Up: Ascending to New Heights, held in New Orleans April 3-6, 2024

Pre-Conference Sessions

Join CAPCSD during the day Wednesday, April 3 before the Newcomers' Orientation and the Welcome Reception for additional CEUs at our Pre-Conference Sessions! Choose from one morning session and or between two afternoon sessions. Each Pre-Conference Session requires a separate registration and payment of $80 CAPCSD Members & Affiliates / $100 Non-CAPCSD Members.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT

Notes of Expertise: Designing Clinical Simulations for Comprehensive CSD Training (0.4 CEUs)

Clinical simulation learning experiences have become an essential component of training programs in the field of CSD. The process of developing clinical simulations in CSD begins with identifying the specific learning objectives and desired outcomes. Participants will learn how to design scenarios that align with these objectives, incorporating various communication disorders, assessment methods, and treatment approaches.

Female with long, strawberry blonde hair, wearing red-rimmed glasses, and a black sleeveless blouse.Amanda Stead, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CHSE, is a professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is also the coordinator of the school's simulation program and is credentialed as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE). It is her personal goal to educate students and the community about the important role speech-language pathologists play in the care of patients with dementia and in end-of-life care.



1:30 PM - 5:30 PM CT

Empowering Teaching: Integrating AI In Education (0.4 CEUs)

ChatGPT/AI has emerged as a promising tool in higher education, revolutionizing the way students and educators interact with course material. ChatGPT/AI's role in higher education will be analyzed and its potential benefits and pitfalls discussed.

In this workshop, participants will learn about large language models and how these AI programs might impact their courses. We will consider an assignment (or two) and the changes that instructors might make to clarify when, where, and how LLMs can be used within their classrooms.

Faculty should bring an assignment that they would like to change. Faculty should also bring their Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for the course. Participants will have time to discuss ideas in small groups, as well as participate in larger group discussions.

Female with medium brown hair, blue eyes, wearing a purple blouse.Dr. Laura Dumin obtained her Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University in 2010 and currently is a professor in English and Technical Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma. She has been exploring the impact of generative AI on writing classrooms and runs a Facebook learning community to allow instructors to learn from each other



1:30 PM - 5:30 PM CT

Policies and Procedures Matter: How to Build an Inclusive CSD Framework (0.4 CEUs)

Policy and procedures are instrumental in creating an inclusive framework for CSD. Participants will be given practical strategies for developing and implementing inclusive policies, considering diverse populations and contexts. Methods that emphasize collaboration and partner engagement when building an inclusive CSD framework will be discussed. After hearing about successful examples as well as challenges, attendees will receive actionable steps to promote inclusivity in their own academic and clinical programs.​

Female with long, black hair, dark eyes, wearing black blouse.Megan-Brette Hamilton, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Chief Staff Officer for Multicultural Affairs at ASHA, is an ASHA-certified SLP. She has published, presented, and trained on the topics of African American English, culturally responsive practices, and effective communication across a variety of audiences. She worked previously as an academic professor, researcher, and practicing clinician in K-12 schools. Megan-Brette is the former host/producer of the Honeybee Connection podcast by MB, and owner of


Female with short, black, curly hair, dairk eyes, and wearing multi-colored printed blouse.Dr. Kyomi Gregory-Martin is an Associate Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program and the Co-Coordinator of Anti-Racist Education at Pace University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Black studies and Linguistics. She received her Master of Arts from University of Buffalo and her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders.



Plenary Sessions

Thursday, April 4, 2024

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM CT

Landscape in Higher Education (0.15 CEUs)

This session will highlight key factors impacting graduate education including the current political landscape, university leadership, inequities, diversity, artificial intelligence, globalization, mental health and well-being, access, multicultural preparation, costs and return on investment. The session panelists, who are all members of the speech-language-hearing science professions and who hold key leadership roles at their universities, will discuss the pressing concerns that these factors present along with and the potential opportunities that will guide development of the next generation of graduate education programs.

Male with dark blonde hair, dark eyes, wearing glasses, suit jacket, dress shirt, and tie.Robert M. Augustine, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is Senior Vice President of the Council of Graduate Schools, Washington DC, where he consults with universities on best practices in graduate education. He is Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School, Research, and International Students and Scholars at Eastern Illinois University, and served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences and Visiting Scholar at Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia.



April Massey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, currently serves as the Interim Chief Academic Officer at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). She served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UDC prior to this appointment. Dr. Massey has earned degrees from the Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, and Howard University. Her work focuses on career supports faculty and high impact learning for students.



Male with short gray hear, blue eyes, wearing blue suit jacket, white dressk shirt, and blue patterned neck tieDr. Kim A. Wilcox, Ph.D., serves as the ninth chancellor of UC Riverside, a national leader in social mobility and member of the prestigious AAU. Wilcox received his B.A. from Michigan State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in speech and hearing science from Purdue University. He has directed teaching, research, and service projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.



Female with dark brown, short hair, wearing royal blue blouse with necklacePatricia Prelock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, FNAP-SLP, is Provost and Senior Vice-President, University of Vermont. Formerly, she was the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont for 10 years. She is also a Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Dr. Prelock currently serves on the ASHFoundation Board.



Friday, April 5, 2024

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM CT

Evidence-Based Strategies for Mental Health and Well-Being in Teaching and Learning (0.15 CEUs)

A panel of experts on various aspects of mental health and well-being as they relate to teaching and learning come together to offer evidence-based suggestions to help students, faculty, and staff. The session will cover a range of topics relevant to mental health and well-being in the educational setting. These include a holistic discussion of self-care for faculty, staff, and students, as well as evidence-based practices that foster inclusive and supportive learning environments.


Female with brown curly hair, dark eyes, wearing glasses and a light gray button down shirt.Laura R. Chapman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Scranton. Her area of expertise is adult neurogenic language disorders. She is an advocate for student and faculty wellness and has presented research nationally and internationally on the topics of mindfulness, self-compassion, and self-care. She is engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning, studying teaching practices that foster well-being, belonging, and connection in the classroom.



Female with short, light brown hair, blue eyes, wearing white blouse.April Garrity, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is professor of communication sciences and disorders at Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus in Savannah. She teaches courses in neurogenic communication disorders, dysphagia, and research methodology. She is primarily interested in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, specifically service-learning and trauma-informed educational practices in the context of health professions education. April maintains an active clinical practice and is also a trained yoga and meditation instructor.


Female with shorter, curly black hair, dark eyes, wearing teal ruffled blouse.Jessica L. Martin, Ph.D., CRC, is a clinical associate professor and director of the online counseling program at William & Mary. Dr. Martin is a certified rehabilitation counselor and has a clinical background in disability and clinical mental health counseling. Her research, activism and clinical work focuses on health disparities among marginalized populations, the impact of race/ethnicity in the counseling process and counselor identity development, preparation, and training.



Female with long, dark brown hair, dark eyes, wearing black dress with white suit jacket.Angela M. Medina, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Her areas of expertise are stuttering in the adult Hispanic/Latino-x population as well as student and client wellness. As Research Director of the CSD department’s Mindfulness Research Lab, Dr. Medina is engaged in designing and exploring the efficacy of mindfulness programs for stutterers and SLP students.

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