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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Thursday, April 19, 2018

5:10 - 6:10

1st Presenter: Seongsil Lee

2nd Presenter: Audry Tafoya

HESP, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Emphasis Program Student Presentations

1st Presentation: Translation Services in Hospital Setting and Diagnostic/Treatment of Bilingual Populations

2nd Presentation: Language, poverty, and the achievement gap in CLD students

1st Presentation: A growing U.S. population is bilingual, and they speak more than one language on a regular basis. Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) in both geriatric and pediatric hospital settings encounter bilingual populations every day. According to the ASHA Code of Ethics, providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services is under our scope of practice. However, currently the field of speech-language pathology lacks bilingual clinicians who have necessary clinical expertise to diagnose and treat those populations. When bilingual SLPs are not available, translation services can be used instead. For this presentation, currently available translation services in hospital settings will be reviewed with emphasis on diagnostic and treatment of bilingual population.

2nd Presentation: This presentation aims to help clarify what we mean when we talk about 'the achievement gap' among culturally- and linguistically-diverse (CLD) students in the United States. Themes and key findings from human development and child language research will be presented that highlight the multidimensional experience of poverty and the challenges of isolating its effects on language development, school readiness, and academic achievement.

LeFrak 0135

Monday, April 23rd, 2018


Rebecca Goodridge


Honor's Thesis: TBA


VMH 1207

Tuesday, April 24, 2018


1st Presentor: Evelyn Oliveira

2nd Presentor: Nisha Sharma

HESP, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Emphasis Program Student Presentations 

1st Presentation: Bilingual assessment and use of interpreters

2nd Presentation: Capturing Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Alternative and Augmentative Communication.

1st Presentation: Given the significant increase of the bilingual client population, assessment that addresses their unique needs must be provided. When a bilingual SLP is not available, the use of interpreters is often necessary in bilingual assessment. A discussion about bilingual assessment (standardized vs. informal) and the use of interpreters will be presented.

2nd Presentation: This presentation will focus on gaps in how AAC addresses cultural and linguistic diversity and strategies for adapting AAC to fit the needs of CLD clients and families with particular emphasis on voice output devices.

Jimenez Hall 0118

Friday, May 4th, 2018


Lauren Wilson


Honor's Thesis: Effects of aging on identification of spectrally degraded and frequency-shifted digits in normal-hearing listeners


LeFrak 2208

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018


Julie Knorr


Honor's Thesis: TBA


LeFrak 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.