Lend Your Voice to the NYU NSSLHA Voice Drive

The advent of synthetic voices has had an incredible impact on the speech-impaired community, giving those with communication loss access to a voice. However, the options available have tended to be limited, potentially stifling a user’s sense of individuality. In response to this, students within the NYU Steinhardt Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) are holding a voice drive to help individuals with speech loss reclaim ownership of their voices.

To participate in the drive, donors submit recordings of their own voices to a “Human Voicebank” to be potentially matched with a recipient who shares similar vocal characteristics. Once a match is made, the donor’s recordings are blended with 2-3 second samples of the recipient’s voice to create a synthetic voice that maintains the vocal quality and identity of the individual with communication loss.

The drive is being held in collaboration with VocaliD, a company that was founded by a speech-language pathologist to create custom digital voices.

A screenshot of VocaliD’s Human Voicebank recording interface.

The voice drive will run through June 21. To contribute your voice to VocaliD’s Human Voicebank, email nsslha.nyu@gmail.com.

Speech@NYU Students Visit NYC for On-Campus Clinical Immersion

This semester, 96 students in the Steinhardt online MS program in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Speech@NYU, traveled to New York City from across the country to participate in an on-campus immersion alongside faculty and peers. Over the course of four days, Practicum I and Practicum II students had the opportunity to dive into local field work and develop their clinical competencies through hands-on workshops.

Photo of students touching audiometers and wearing headphones.
Speech@NYU students learning procedures for conducting hearing screenings.

Following a welcome breakfast and introduction led by CSD Chair Christina Reuterskiold, students embarked on a dynamic schedule of events with their online cohorts.

“We see each other online on a daily basis, but it’s great to meet in person,” said Carolin Amperse, a Practicum I Speech@NYU student who traveled to the immersion from California.

Through a series of collaborative workshops, program faculty taught students essential clinical techniques, such as best practices for conducting hearing screenings, oral-sensorimotor examinations, and working with early childhood populations.

Photo of Alicia Morrison and two students holding plastic animal toys that can be used in pediatric linguistic screenings.
Online and on-campus CSD students collaborating as Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education, Alicia Morrison, demonstrates techniques for conducting pediatric linguistic screenings.

The immersion also included a mock diagnostic simulation that enabled Practicum I students to experience the clinical diagnostic process from start to finish. Practicum II students meanwhile participated in the session to provide mentorship and share feedback with individuals in the first year of the program.

During the latter half of the immersion, students in both cohorts visited local field sites to administer hearing, speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive screenings to members of the community.

A student holding a tongue depressor in her purple-gloved hand.
Speech@NYU students working with their on-campus mentors to practice administering oral-sensorimotor examinations.

Students pursuing on-campus degrees through the department were also present throughout the immersion, participating in events such as National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Night. At this event, online and on-campus students worked together to prepare supplies for Jumpstart, an early education organization that provides language, literacy, and socio-emotional programming to children in under-resourced communities.

The department looks forward to hosting future cohorts of Speech@NYU students at the clinical immersion experience and welcoming Practicum I students back to campus next semester as a part of Practicum II.

About Speech@NYU

Students pursuing NYU Steinhardt’s MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders have the possibility of completing their degrees online through Speech@NYU. The program is designed to provide students located across the country with access to a rigorous SLP curriculum taught by NYU faculty actively working as clinicians and researchers in the field.

This May, the department will celebrate an exciting milestone — the very first graduation of a Speech@NYU cohort. The program’s inaugural class of online students will join together on campus for a third time to enjoy a graduation ceremony and celebration.

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Speech@NYU’s First Campus Immersion Weekend

Group photos of online students holding NYU banner.This fall, 37 students in NYU Steinhardt’s new online MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders program Speech@NYU spent their first weekend on campus to experience the sights and sounds of New York city. The students had the chance to immerse themselves in local clinical settings, mock diagnostic evaluations, and clinical workshops within the department. Practicum I and Practicum II students in this program of study will spend two long weekends on campus cultivating their skill set to meet clinical competencies during their time in the online MS program.

The three-day event began with an orientation breakfast and getting-to-know-you gathering led by Erin Embry, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Online Education, and Christina Reuterskiold, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Ted Magder, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at NYU Steinhardt, also spoke to the students about the important role online learning has in the school’s goals of innovation, impact, and inclusion. This is the first time the online cohort of students were able to meet each other in person and share their experiences about being part of this groundbreaking new program at NYU. That same evening, students, faculty, and staff of the CSD department enjoyed an “Escape the Room” adventure and shared in some food and drink at a local restaurant.

The main reason for the students to be present on campus was to participate in clinical experiences in schools and sites that often work with the CSD department’s on-campus MS program. Immersion sites included: Dream Charter School, Democracy Prep Charter School, Children’s Aid Society, and East Calvary. The locations were arranged in partnership with City Sounds, a pediatric based speech-language pathology center serving the New York metropolitan area. NYU CSD faculty and City Sounds supervisors accompanied the online students as they gained valuable hands-on experiences and observation hours at the various locations.

To round out the weekend, students participated in workshops in which they gained hands-on experience with standardized speech and language assessments, as well as learned to use various tools such as portable audiometers, audiology booths and others that they will encounter in their clinical experiences during the program and as professional clinicians. They also participated in mock diagnostics to evaluate what they had learned in the program thus far.

The department was thrilled to welcome the Speech@NYU students to campus, and look forward to hosting future cohorts each semester.

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PhD in Communicative Sciences and Disorders Open House on 12/7

Please join us on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 pm for our annual open house to learn more information about the doctoral program. The event will be held in the conference room within the CSD department at 665 Broadway, 9th Floor.

The agenda includes an overview of the program, faculty introductions, and time to discuss your plans and research interests with professors and current students. If you are considering a PhD and are interested in learning more about our program, we strongly encourage you to attend this event.

Please RSVP by sending email to Dr. Adam Buchwald if you plan to attend.


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CSD Department Co-Hosts 5th Annual Meeting on Phonology

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders is pleased to announce they have partnered with the Department of Linguistics to bring the 5th Annual Meeting on Phonology to NYU’s campus September 15-17, 2017.

Assistant Professor Tara McAllister is one of the organizers of the event, and Associate Professor and Director of the PhD program Adam Buchwald will serve as one of the keynote speakers. Doctoral student in the department Heather Campbell will also present.

The conference will feature presentations on all areas of theoretical, experimental and computational phonology, and will also feature an integrated, special session Bridging the gap between phonological theory and speech disorders supported by NSF.

Registration for the conference is open through September 7th and is FREE for all students and $120 for non-students.

Please visit the Annual Meeting on Phonology website for more detailed information on the conference location and program. We look forward to seeing everyone there!


Steinhardt CSD Department Students and Faculty Win NYS Speech-Language-Hearing Association Awards (NYSSLHA) Awards

We are pleased to announce that a faculty member, doctoral student, and an undergraduate student in the department recently won 2017 NYS Speech-Language-Hearing Association Awards (NYSSLHA) Awards.

The students won based on criteria that include research involvement, academic performance, clinical performance, pre-professional leadership, community involvement, and an essay explaining why they chose a career in speech-language pathology.

The Association’s honors are awarded to members who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the professions of Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, or the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. Congratulations to Dr. Harriet Klein, Mehak Noorani, and Heather Campbell!


Photo of Dr. Harriet KleinDr. Harriet Klein, Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders: Winner of the NYSSLHA Honors of the Association Award






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Mehak Noorani:
Winner of the Undergraduate Student Award for the best poster at the NYSSLHA convention






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Heather Campbell: Winner of the NYSSLHA Doctoral Research Award.


CSD and Nutrition Students Team Up for Iron Chef Competition

PhotoThe kitchen in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies was buzzing during the quiet January intersession thanks to a unique class taught in collaboration with the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.

The class, Interdisciplinary Care-Based Management in Dysphagia, brings together students from both speech pathology and nutrition master’s programs. Dysphagia, a swallowing disorder, can affect patients of all ages and across many conditions. The course is taught by Erin Embry, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders and Director of Speech@NYU, and Lisa Sasson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nutrition. It aims to teach students how to bring pleasure, taste, and satisfaction back to eating for those experiencing dysphagia. “The course was founded in the belief that although individuals may have limitations in their diets, they should not be deprived of the joy and satisfaction of healthy, delicious food,” said Sasson. ”People who eat better have better overall health outcomes.”

The Iron Chef competition, which is the culminating experience of the course, gives student groups a hypothetical patient profile in which to model their plan of action after. Once they have analyzed the needs of their patient (including their medical diagnosis, recommended diet, and cultural and psychosocial considerations), they develop recipes to meet their needs. The recipes were judged by an esteemed panel from NYU Steinhardt, Rusk Rehabilitation, and the food and nutrition communities. Judges included:

Pamela Morris: Vice Dean at NYU Steinhardt and Professor of Applied Psychology.

Dan Amatuzzi: A sommelier, adjunct professor at both NYU Steinhardt and NYU Stern School of Business, and Wine Director for Eataly.

Sonja Molfenter: Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, whose research specializes in disruptions in swallowing function.

Michael Ferraro: Chef and owner of Delicatessen and Mac Bar, who helped to launch Cooking. Comfort. Care., a program that provides nutritional tips and recipes to caregivers and patients with pancreatic cancer.

Preeti Raghavan, MD: Clinician and researcher at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation focusing on patients recovering from traumatic brain injuries, stroke, and those with neurological conditions.

Rocco DiSpirito: Cookbook author, television personality, James Beard award winner, and a council member for Feeding America and ambassador for Health Corps.

Special thanks also goes to the “Quickfire Challenge” judges Dr. Christina Reuterskiold, PhD, Chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Allison Schulman, MS, RD, Pegah Jalali, MS, RD, and Kelila Jaffe, Food Program Coordinator, who tested “mocktails” made by each group to their patient’s specifications. The winner of this round did not have to include the surprise ingredient (tofu) in their dish.

The winners of the competition (Team 1) made a delicious meal consisting of spicy risotto, black beans, and a coconut milk-infused shake for a woman with anxiety related to swallowing. The audience favorite winners (Team 5) produced a macaroni and cheese and vanilla milkshake combo for a young non-verbal child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Other dishes included spicy lentil daal, salmon, roasted carrots, and a mango lassi drink.

Speech@NYU, NYU Steinhardt’s online master’s program in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, put together Dining with Dysphagia, A Cookbook. The book is full of delicious and easy recipes, and just like the Iron Chef competition, it is aimed to make eating an enjoyable experience for patients with all levels of dysphagia.

Iron Chef 2017

Open house re: PhD program — November 8th @ 6pm

On Tuesday, November 8, we will have our annual open house about our PhD program from 6pm-8pm. The open house will include an overview of the program, faculty introductions, and time to discuss your plans and interests with the faculty. If you are considering a PhD and are interested in learning more about our program, we strongly encourage you to attend this event.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.
Click here for more information about our doctoral program.

The King’s Speech: Fact or Fiction?

NYU Steinhardt and the Department of Communicative Sciences is pleased to host an interdisciplinary panel discussion to look at stuttering and its treatment from a variety of angles and to reflect upon the interaction of drama and reality. Our panelists will include a geneticist who recently identified a link to stuttering, researchers and speech pathologists who look at stuttering from different perspectives, as well as vocal coaches and theater professionals. Click here for the official flyer.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
6:00-8:00 PM

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Film Center, New York University
36 East Eighth Street, Room 102

Seating is limited. Please RSVP by April 29 to: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/521625/vfwr2.
Guest Speakers:
Taro Alexander

Founder and Director of Our Time, a non-profit association that helps children who stutter
Professional actor, teacher, and director
Lee Caggiano, M.A., CCC-SLP
Director of Friends, the National Association of Young People Who Stutter
Board-recognized Fluency Specialist and Mentor
John A. Haskell, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
Board-recognized Fluency Specialist
Changsoo Kang, Ph.D.
Fellow, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Irene Kling, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Adjunct faculty, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, NYU Steinhardt Trainer, Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and Mannes College, The New School for Music
Mitchell Trichon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, St. John’s College
Read the Steinhardt At a Glance posting about the event.