New ANCDS Board Members 2019

Welcome to the new ANCDS Board Members!

Please help us congratulate the newest additions to the ANCDS Board, beginning their terms in 2019: 

President-Elect: Kathleen Youse, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS
Kathleen is the Department Chair for Speech-Language Pathology at Salus University.  Prior to joining Salus, Dr. Youse served as the Director of the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders at Teachers College, Columbia University and was on the faculty at the University of Kentucky in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences.  She received her B.A. in English from Rutgers University, her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Oklahoma State University, and her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut in Storrs.  Dr. Youse has been a member of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) since 2000 and has been Board Certified since 2006.  She served on the ANCDS Board Certification Committee for eight years, first as a committee member (2007-2008), then as Associate Chair (2008-2009), and then as Chair (2009-2014).  Dr. Youse also served on the ANCDS Executive Board as a Member-at-Large from 2015-2017.  She has extensive clinical experience with individuals who have neurologic communication disorders, and her research investigates the impact of cognitive deficits, specifically attention and memory, on communication in individuals with traumatic brain injury.

Treasurer: Yvonne Rogalski, PhD
Yvonne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Ithaca College.  Her research interests include the role of cognition in discourse production and discourse treatment in individuals with neurologic communication disorders, and the way in which discourse is rated and perceived by individuals who are unfamiliar with these disorders.  Her teaching areas include neuroanatomy, aphasia and related language disorders, and motor speech disorders.  She founded the Ithaca Community Aphasia Network and co-founded the on-campus Survive and Thrive Interprofessional Stroke Support Group.  She supervises students working with adults with acquired communication disorders, including those at an off-campus group setting, promoting cognitive stimulation and quality of life in residents with dementia.  Professionally, she has served on the ASHA and Clinical Aphasiology Conference program committees and currently serves on the ANCDS Communications Committee.  Additional service includes chairing an annual campus-wide academic symposium and co-chairing the symposium for the inauguration of Ithaca College's ninth president.

Member-At-Large: Alaina Davis, PhD, CCC-SLP
Alaina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University where she received her Ph.D.  Her B.A. was earned at the University of Houston and she earned her M.S. at Southern University and A&M College.  Dr. Davis' research examines assessment and management of cognitive-communication impairments associated with concussion and traumatic brain injury.  Her work also addresses health disparities among persons from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have neurogenic communication disorders.  She is published in professional journals and has co-authored chapters on traumatic brain injury.  Dr. Davis teaches graduate courses in neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders and has supervised graduate clinicians.  Dr. Davis has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for over 11 years primarily in the medical setting.  She became a member of the ANCDS in 2012 and an ANCDS Fellow in 2013.  She then served on the Membership Committee from 2014-2016.

Member-At-Large: Gerasimos Fergadiotis, PhD
Gerasimos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University.  Dr. Fergadiotis' research, which is currently funded by NIDCD, is focused on developing psychometric applications for quantifying cognitive deficits in people with communication disorders.  Specifically, the overarching goal of his research is to develop a computer adaptive test to assist professionals with the accurate diagnosis of word retrieval deficits in people with aphasia.  His interests include latent variable modeling, psychometrics with emphasis on aphasia, and natural language processing.  He is the Director of the Aging and Adult Language Disorders Lab, which among other projects, coordinates the Northwest Aphasia Registry and Repository in collaboration with the University of Washington Aphasia Lab, the development of computer adaptive algorithms for the assessment of anomia, and the development of automated tools for detection and classification of paraphasias in confrontation naming tests and discourse.

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