Seminar Series

The HESP Department sponsors a series of talks on current research in the areas of hearing, speech, and language by visiting researchers or members of the HESP faculty. All students, faculty, staff, and affiliates are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you would like to join the email distribution list for all upcoming HESP Seminar Series talks, email Dr. Matt Goupell at

Certification Maintenance Hours can be earned by attending these talks.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Katie Van Holzen


Consonant and vowel processing over development in the French-learning infant

As a postdoctoral researcher at the Université Paris Descartes in Paris, France, my research focused on the role of consonants and vowels in lexical processing during infancy. Specifically, I investigated the development of a bias for consonantal information in lexical processing (C-bias; Nazzi, Poltrock, & Von Holzen, 2016) in French-learning infants. The first study examined the preference for consonant or vowel mispronunciations of infants' first name recognition. Both 5- and 8-month-olds preferred listening to a vowel mispronunciation, but 11-month-olds preferred listening to a consonant mispronunciation of their first name, establishing a shift from a preference for vocalic information at 8 and to consonantal information 11 months. In a second study, we investigated consonant and vowel processing in newly segmented words using ERPs. At 8 months, infants were sensitive to onset consonant, but not medial vowel or coda consonant mispronunciations of newly segmented words. Furthermore, the ERP amplitude polarity of infants' segmentation response (negative or positive), predicted their productive vocabulary growth, replicating the results of previous studies (Junge et al., 2012; 2014, Kooijman et al., 2013).

Lefrak Hall 2208

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Natalie Cabrera 

UMD Department of Counseling, Higher Education, & Special Education

Fathers (and mothers) and children's development: Evidence from early to middle-childhood

In this talk I provide an overview of the research on fathers and children's development during the early childhood period. I begin with a (1) brief discussion of the early research on parenting that mostly focused on mothers; (2) provide a policy social context imperative for renew attention to the role of fathers in children's lives; and (3) highlight several studies from our lab that focus on the contributions that fathers (and mothers) make to their children's cognitive and social development.

Lefrak Hall 2208

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Michelle ErksineUMD HESPExtracting meaning from auditory signals: A look at how children process variation in languageTBAHESP 2166

Seminar Series Archive: To see a list of previous HESP Seminars click here. 


Certification Maintenance Hours:

Those who attend these seminars will be awarded Certification Maintenance Hours (CMHs). A CMH is 60 minutes of time spent as a learner and participant in a non-ASHA CEU professional development activity. CMHs are different from ASHA-approved CEUs, which are also offered through the department. ASHA permits the use of CMHs for the purpose of maintaining your CCCs. However, you are responsible for maintaining documentation verifying completion of each activity. Documentation will not be maintained on the ASHA CE Registry. For additional information about CMHs and ASHA certification requirements, please click here. Please be aware that state regulatory agencies and boards of education might not recognize or accept CMHs.