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, February 21st, 2018


Thomas KovacsUniversity of PittsburghAssessing tense and agreement morphology in typically developing children and children who use AAC
Abstract: Expressive morphology skills are rarely assessed in children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Children who use AAC may therefore have undocumented difficulty acquiring morphemes that are known to be problematic for verbally speaking children, such as morphemes in the English tense and agreement system. I will present a project using theoretically driven tasks to assess the tense and agreement systems of a cross-sectional sample of typically developing 30-54 month olds. Play-based language samples were used to assess
tense and agreement morpheme productivity for all participants. Then, a series of structured stimulability tasks were used to assess stimulability of 15 different tense markers. Children were randomly assigned to one of two testing modalities: the spoken modality or the graphic symbol modality (i.e. using a speech generating device). I will also present a case study showing how these same measures were used to identify developmentally appropriate intervention goals for a child with cerebral palsy who uses a speech generating device.
LeFrak 2208

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Lindsay DevriesUniversity of WashingtonTBATBALeFrak 2208

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Rochelle NewmanHESPTBATBALeFrak 2208

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018


Carol HammerColumbia University, Communication Sciences & DisordersTBATBA1121 Benjamin Building

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018


Jan EdwardsHESPTBATBA1121 Benjamin Building

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018


Emily WaddingtonHESPHonor's Thesis: Audiovisual benefit in the perception of foreign-accented speech by cochlear-implant usersTBALeFrak 2208

Monday, April 23rd, 2018


Rebecca GoodridgeHESPHonor's Thesis: TBATBAVMH 1207

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018


Lauren WilsonHESPHonor's Thesis: Effects of aging on identification of spectrally degraded and frequency-shifted digits in normal-hearing listenersTBALeFrak 2208

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018


Julie KnorrHESPHonor's Thesis: TBATBALeFrak 2208

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.

Lindsay Devries