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Ph.D. Student Profiles


Current Students (in alphabetical order)

Elizabeth Cleveland

  • When you started the program: Fall 2017
  • Program Mentor: Gregory Robinson, Ph.D.
  • Topics of major and minor study:
    • Major: Child Language Development and Disorders
    • Minor: Multi-Cultural Studies

Evan T. Finley

  • When you started program: Summer 2017
  • Program Mentor: Samuel R. Atcherson, Ph.D.
  • Topic(s) of major and minor study:
    • Major: Aural (Re)habilitation
    • Minor: Psychosocial Aspects of Hearing Loss

Rachel J. Huber

  • When you started the program: Summer 2016
  • Program mentor: Clifford Franklin, Ph.D.
  • Topic(s) of major and minor study:
    • Major: Amplification
    • Minor: Psychoacoustics – Gerontology

Bonnie Slavych

  • When you started the program:  Spring 2012
  • Program mentor:  Richard I. Zraick, Ph.D.
  • Topic(s) of major and minor study:
    • Major: Voice Disorders
    • Minor: Neuroscience

Completed Dissertations (ordered by year of completion starting with 2010)

Sheryl S. Shoemaker, Ph.D. (2010)

  • Dissertation: The impact of dichotic auditory training in children
  • Chair: Dee Lance
  • Committee: Samuel Atcherson, Kim McCullough, Laura Smith-Olinde, and Ken Sobel

Joy Eldona Good, Ph.D. (2011)

  • Dissertation: The effects of morphological awareness on reading, spelling, and vocabulary skills
  • Chair: Dee Lance
  • Committee: Betholyn Gentry, Brent Gregg, Jacquie Rainey, and Valentina Taran-Michael

Stamela (Matina) Balou, Ph.D. (2011)

  • Dissertation: Videomanometric measures of head rotation and chin tuck in head & neck cancer patients
  • Chair: Gary McCullough
  • Committee: Brendan Stack, Richard Zraick, Farshad Aduli, Kim McCullough, Robert Logan, Beth McWeeney, and Peggy Snoddy

Laura Shotts, Ph.D. (2012)

  • Dissertation: The ability of temporal air pressure and airflow measures to discriminate subjects receiving velopharyngeal insufficiency surgery
  • Chair: Thomas Guyette
  • Committee: Richard Zraick, Donna Kelly, Laura Smith-Olinde, and Bonnie Smith

Erin Kamarunas, Ph.D. (2012)

  • Dissertation: Effects of topical nasal anesthesia on fiberoptic endoscopic examination of swallowing with sensory testing
  • Chair: Gary McCullough
  • Committee: Kim McCullough, Mark Mennemeier, Robert Logan, and Richard Zraick

Melanie Lowry, Ph.D. (2012)

  • Dissertation: An analysis of communicative participation in an elderly population
  • Chair: Kim McCullough
  • Committee: Gary McCullough, Richard Zraick, Robert Logan, and Usen Akpanudo

Balaji Rangarathnam, Ph.D. (2013)

  • Dissertation:  Telemedicine versus traditional treatment for muscle tension dysphonia
  • Chair:  Gary McCullough
  • Committee: Richard Zraick, Ozlem Tulunay-Ugur, Kim McCullough and Kathryn Bayles

Donna Thomas, Ph.D. (2013)

  • Dissertation: Examining phonemic awareness in children with expressive phonological disorders
  • Chair: Dee Lance
  • Committee: Kim Mccullough, Betholyn Gentry, Brent Gregg, and Jacquie Rainey

Sharon Jones, Ph.D. (2014)

  • Dissertation: The impact of on-line cognitive training:  P300 and behavioral differences in executive function in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders
  • Chair: Betholyn Gentry
  • Committee: Samuel Atcherson, Kim McCullough, Susan Moss-Logan, Greg Robinson, and Ken Sobel

Amy Shollenbarger, Ph.D. (2014)

  • Dissertation: First grade students’ awareness of final consonant clusters in monomorphemic words: Does dialect matter?
  • Chair: Gregory Robinson
  • Committee: Betholyn Gentry, Dee Lance, Mike McDaniel, and Valentina Taran

Chenell Loudermill, Ph.D. (2014)

  • Dissertation: An Investigation of the Relationship Between Reading Comprehension and Morphological Awareness Skills
  • Chair: Betholyn Gentry
  • Committee: Kathy Shapley, Gregory Robinson, Jennifer Hume, and Kent Layton

Andi Toliver-Smith, Ph.D. (2014)

  • Dissertation: Multicultural Infusion in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Curriculum: A Case Study
  • Chair: Gregory Robinson
  • Committee: Betholyn Gentry, Nannette Nicholson, Amanda Nolen, and David Briscoe

Julie Beard (2015)

  • Dissertation:  The Use of Social Stories in Reducing Disruptive Behavior in Children with Language Impairment
  • Chair:  Dee Lance
  • Committee:  Elson Bihm, Betholyn Gentry, Brent Gregg, Gregory C. Robinson, and Michael Scoles

Amy Engelhoven (2016)

  • Dissertation:  “The Effects of Self-Esteem, Coping, and Voice-Related Quality of life on  Participation  Before and After Botox Treatment”
  • Chair:  Richard Zraick
  • Committee:  Ozlem Tulunay, Thomas Guyette, Kristie Hadden, and Zoran Bursac

Ahmad Alanazi (2017)

  • Dissertation: “The Use of Simulation in Audiology Education to Improve Students’ Professional Competency”
  • Advisor: Nannette Nicholson
  • Committee: Samuel Atcherson, Cliff Franklin, Michael Anders, Laura Smith-Olinde

Ashlen Thomason (2017)

  • Dissertation:  “The Effect of Premotor Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on the Fluency of Adults who Stutter during Choral Reading”
  • Chair: Brent A. Gregg
  • Committee: Betholyn Gentry, Thomas Guyette, Dee Lance, Dana Moser

Megan Scott (2017)

  • Dissertation:  “Comparison of Acoustic Startle Responses in School-Age Children Who Stutter and Their Fluent Peers”
  • Chair: Brent A. Gregg
  • Committee: Betholyn Gentry, Dee Lance, Kevin, Garrision, J. Art Gillaspy

Sarah Warren Kennett (2017)

  • Dissertation:  “Identification and Deactification of Cochlear Electrodes with Poor Electrode-Neural Interface: Clinical Practice and Outcomes”
  • Chair: Samuel Atcherson
  • Committee: Cliff Franklin, Patti Martin, John Dornhoffer, Anthony Spahr, and Charles Finley

Bonnie Slavych (2017)

  • Dissertation:  “Adherence to Voice Therapy for Individuals with Muscle Tension Dysphonia: The Impact of Select Demographic and Patient-Reported Variables”
  • Chair:  Richard Zraick
  • Committee:  Ozlem Tulunay, Thomas Guyette, Kristie Hadden, and Zoran Bursac