School Updates


Dr. Miriam van Mersbergen and Dr. Nicholas Simon from the Department of Psychology have been awarded a CoRS grant for their project, “Introducing an Annual Memphis Neuroscience Symposium.” The goal of the grant is to establish an annual Neuroscience Symposium to highlight the multidisciplinary work that the UofM’s researchers conduct about neuroscience.  They hope that with an annual symposium, interdisciplinary and inter-institutional neuroscience collaborations will thrive and bring national interest to West Tennessee. 


Coffelt, J.A., & Warren, S.E. (2023). Role of Middle Ear Status in Cochlear Implant Programming. In Sevier, J.D., Complex Cochlear Implant Cases: Management and Troubleshooting (Chapter 1, pp. 3–18). Plural Publishing.

Desouki, M.a, Mendel, L.L. The effect of speech perception in noise on Arabic and Spanish bilingual listeners. American Journal of Audiology.

Feenaughty, L. (in press). Social network characteristics and correlations with cognitive, psychosocial, and speech function and communication participation for adults with multiple sclerosis: A pilot study. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Longa, H. L., Eichorn, N., & Oller, D. K. (2022). A Probe Study on Vocal Development in Two Infants at Risk for Cerebral Palsy. Dev Neurorehabil, 1-8. doi:10.1080/17518423.2022.2143923.

Mendel, L.L., Pousson, M.A., Shukla, B., Sander, K., Larson, B. (2022). Listening effort and speech perception performance using different facemasks. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing                     Research, (65) 4354-4368.

Mendel, L.L., Pousson, M.A., Jonesa, S.E., & Bassa, J.K. (2022). Validation of male talker recordings of the Spanish Pediatric Speech Recognition Threshold Test and the Spanish Pediatric Picture      Identification Test. American Journal of Audiology.

Pointer, N. F., van Mersbergen, M. R., Nanjundeswaran, C. D. (in press). Listeners’ Attitudes Towards Young Women with Glottal Fry. Journal of Voice.

Warren, S.E., & Coffelt, J.A., (2023). Electrode Deactivation Based on Pitch-Confused Electrodes. In Sevier, J.D., Complex Cochlear Implant Cases: Management and Troubleshooting (chapter 3, pp. 35–47). Plural Publishing.

van Mersbergen, M., & Patrick, C. (2022).  Quantitative and Physiological Measures in Language-Emotion Research.  In Schiewer, Gesine Lenore, Jeanette Altarriba & Bee Chin Ng (eds.). Language and Emotion. An International Handbook (Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science/HSK). Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

NB: a alumnus


Oller, D. K. (2022). The deep roots of language development and evolution. Invited presentation to the Neurosciences Seminar, Columbia University, NY, NY.

Oller, D. K. (2022). Early vocal and vocal interactive development in infants with and without hearing impairment: a perspective on benefits of cochlear implantation. Invited presentation to the colloquium series of the Hearing and Speech Sciences Program of Vanderbilt University.

Oller, D. K. (2022). The robustness of early vocal development in humanity: perspectives from data on typically developing infants and infants later diagnosed with autism. Invited presentation for the SFARI-MIT 2022 Conversation Workshop, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Laura Sundman, Sarah Black, Tahlee Yichye and Vicki Haddix presented at the West Tennessee Special Education conference at the Hilton Memphis on Friday, September 16. The presentation was titled, “Elements of an AAC Friendly Classroom” and built on work that the students completed with professor Haddix in her AAC course and in their GA work with her in summer and fall 2022.

Brooklynn Berry, Sarah Black, and Vicki Haddix presented at the Tennessee Association for Assistive Technology conference in Franklin, TN, on Friday, December 9. The presentation was titled, “Busting AAC Myths with Evidence and Mindset Change.”

MvM – Renee Fleming event

ASHA Presentations (n = 17; 11 [65%] with current or past students)

Mary Oddoa, Kathleen Duranta, Katherine Anderson, and Linda Jarmulowicz. Metalinguistic Awareness explains more variance in math than spelling performance for 2nd grade Spanish-English dual-language learners. Poster presented Thursday, November 10, 2022.  

Hannah Rousseb and Deborah Moncrieff. Case Studies in Virtual Delivery of ARIA. Poster presented Thursday, November 10, 2022. 

Jennifer P. Taylor. CAPCSD President and CAPCSD Business Meeting. Wednesday, November 16, 2022.

Katherine Crenshawb and Lynda Feenaughty. Language and Cognition in Mild Alzheimer’s Disease. Poster presented Thursday, November 17, 2022.

Naomi Eichorn, Klara Marton and Jessica Hallb. Working Memory in Adults Who Do and Do Not Stutter: Performance Patterns and Predictive Relationships. Poster presented Thursday, November 17, 2022.

Mandy Adamsa, Katherine Graham Mendez, and Linda Jarmulowicz. Attorney-Client Communication and Language Disorders. Paper presented Thursday, November 17, 2022.

Tina Childress, Carrie Spangler, Sam Atchersona, Sarah Sparks, Rebecca Cunningham, and Sara Robinson. Panel of ASHA Members who are DHH. Presentation Thursday, November 17, 2022.

Miriam van Mersbergen. The Ins and Outs of Manual Treatment for Voice. 2-Hour Master Class presented on Thursday, November 17, 2022.

Miriam van Mersbergen. Designing a Yoga Intervention for pMTD: Practical Considerations. Presented by Anuja Chhabra. American Speech Language Hearing Convention Annual Conference, November 2022, New Orleans, LA.

Naomi Eichorn, Melissa Zarn, and Tracy Bruen. Impacts of IPE and varied effects by profession: Insights from a collaborative course. Poster presented on Friday, November 18, 2022.

Stephanie Whiteb and Deborah Moncrieff. Auditory training benefits are related to severity of dichotic listening deficits in children. Poster presented on Friday, November 18, 2022. (designated by ASHA as a meritorious poster)

Lipika Sarangia and Jani Johnson. Real-world benefits of wearing hearing aids on intra-individual emotion processing in adults with hearing loss. Technical session, Friday, November 18, 2022.

Jani Johnson, Lindsay Creed, & Meaghan Reed. OTCs for the Audiologist’s toolbox. Two-hour master class, Friday, November 18, 2022.

Danielle Keetona. Supervise like a coach: Tools for transitions and transformations. Seminar presentation, Friday, November 18, 2022.

Naomi Eichorn, Laura Pritchardb, and Katherine Zerita. Behavioral and Emotional Characteristics of School-Aged Children With and Without Stuttering Disorders. Poster presentation, Friday, November 18, 2022.

Janine Pecaa and Kim Oller. Role of sex in rate of infant vocalization and canonical babbling. Poster presentation, Friday, November 18, 2022.

Leslie Lopez and Sarah Warren. The CDC said WHAT?! The importance of adopting a public health perspective in CSD. Seminar presented Saturday, November 19, 2022.

Deborah Moncrieff. Normative information for assessing dichotic listening deficits. Technical session presented Saturday, November 19, 2022.


NB: a alumnus, b student