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Ph.D. Student Profiles


Current Students (in alphabetical order)

Ahmad Alanazi

  • When you started the program: Fall 2013
  • Program mentor: Nannette Nicholson, Ph.D.
  • Topic(s) of major and minor study:
    • Major: Pediatric Audiology
    • Minor: Auditory Electrophysiology, Implantable Devices, and Hearing Preservation/Conservation

Amy Engelhoven

  • 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

Sarah E.W. Kennett

  • When you started the program: Summer 2013
  • Program mentor: Samuel R. Atcherson, Ph.D.
  • Topic(s) of major and minor study:
    • Major: Auditory Electrophysiology
    • Minor: Pediatric Audiology, Implantable Devices, Neuroscience

Megan Scott

  • When you started the program:  August 2009
  • Program mentor:  Brent Gregg, Ph.D.
  • Topic(s) of major and minor study:
    • Major and Minor: Pediatric Fluency Disorders, Temperament/Personality Characteristics of Children Who Stutter, Neurological and Physiological Aspects of Pediatric Stuttering, Counseling and Emotional Issues in Pediatric Stuttering, Pediatric Motor Speech Disorders

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

Ashlen Thomason

  • When you started the program: Fall 2012
  • Program mentor:  Brent Gregg, Ph.D.
  • Topic(s) of major and minor study:
    • Major: Pediatric Stuttering/ Fluency Disorders
    • Minor: Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Disorders

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