Winter 2017

Volume 15 | Issue 1

In This Issue

President's Message
2016 Annual Meeting Summary
2016 ANCDS Award Winners
Member Accomplishments
Committee Updates
ASHA Announcements
Movie Review: My Beautiful Broken Brain
Events Calendar

President's Message 

Greetings. It's been half of a year since our last newsletter was published so I have much to share with you about the work of the Academy. First, I want to express what an honor it is to have been elected president of ANCDS. Being a member for almost 30 years, I'm proud of the accomplishments of this organization and am excited to now have the opportunity to serve in this role. I also want to express my appreciation, on behalf of all of the members of the Academy, to Past-President Kathy Yorkston who oversaw a year of impressive change and growth within the organization. Continue reading here.

2016 Annual Meeting Summary

What an amazing time to be a part of an association that aims to enhance the communicative lives of individuals who are affected by neurologic disorders! With this mission in mind and in the midst of an ever changing landscape of science and technology, we as professionals have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people with various communication disorders. Continue reading here.

Joanne Kinney attended the ANCDS conference as a student fellow. See her perspective here!

2016 ANCDS Award Winners

Honors Award Recipient: Barbara Bennett Shadden

Barbara Shadden was one of the first in our profession to address communication disorders in aging, discourse in healthy aging and neurologically impaired individuals, social approaches to aphasia, and the impact of aphasia on care partners. Her commitment to excellence in education is evident in the roles she has held at her University, including Co-Director of the Office for Studies on Aging, Interim Head of the Department of Rehabilitation Education and Research, Co-Director of the Teaching and Faculty Support Center, and Director of the Communication Disorders Program. Her work has influenced how we assess and treat our clients, helped us to understand how aphasia affects a person's identity, and illuminated the importance of communication for individuals with terminal illnesses. In her current status as University Professor Emerita, she is mentoring the first cohort of undergraduate and doctoral students in communication disorders in Sri Lanka, at the Department of Disabilities Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya. See Barbara Shadden's interview here!

2016 ANCDS Special Recognition Award Winner: Gloriajean Wallace

Gloriajean served as Member-at-Large of the Executive Board and on the Membership Committee for several years before serving as Chair of the Membership Committee from 2007 to 2014. Under her leadership, the Committee initiated the ANCDS Conference Fellowship Program in 2011 as a means to involve master's and doctoral students in the Academy. Every year since, the Program has awarded Fellowships to 10 students who are matched with an ANCDS member during the Scholar-Mentor Networking Breakfast and the Annual Meeting. The Fellowships also provide a year-long membership in ANCDS and in ASHA Special Interest Group 2. To date, the Fellowships have been awarded to 60 graduate students.

For her vision and leadership in developing this very successful program to introduce the next generation of practitioners, researchers, and scholars in neurologic communication disorders and sciences to the Academy, the Honors Committee is pleased and proud to present this Special Recognition Award to Gloriajean Wallace.

Member Accomplishments

Peach, R.K., Nathan, M.R., and Beck, K.M. (2017). Language-specific attention treatment for aphasia: Description and preliminary findings. Seminars in Speech and Language 38(1).

Ellis, C., and Peach, R.K. (2016). Racial-ethnic differences in word fluency and auditory comprehension among persons with post-stroke aphasia. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.10.010.

Ellis, C., and Peach, R.K. (2016). Life satisfaction and aphasia: An integrative review with recommendations for future research. Aphasiology http://www.tandfonline.

Simmons-Mackie, N., Raymer, A.M., and Cherney, L. (2016). Communication partner training in aphasia: An updated systematic review. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 97(12), 2202-2221

Cifu, D.X., Uchima, O.K., Davis, A.S., Lower, A. E., Jin, J.L., and Lew, H.L. (2016). Significance of concussions in Hawaii: From land to sea. Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health 75(9), 262-265.

Davis, A.S., Wright-Harp, W., Lucker, J., Payne, J.C., and Campbell, A. (2016). Cultural familiarity of figurative expressions from three music genres and African-American adults. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders 43, 238-254.


Committee Updates

Board Certification Committee:
Congratulations to Karen Copeland, M.A., CCC-SLP, who achieved board certification in adult neurologic communication disorders on 11/16/2016!  See Karen's interview here!

Honors Committee:
The Honors Committee welcomes nominations of current members of ANCDS for the 2017 Honors of the Academy. Nominees should be members who have shown outstanding contributions to research, teaching, treatment, and/or service in the area of neurologic communication disorders. View nomination sheet here.

See Communications Committee and Professional Affairs and Research Writing Committee updates here.

ASHA Announcements


  • Practice Portal: Find information on clinical topics and professional issues to help translate evidence and expert opinion into practice. Newly released topics: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Documentation in Health Care, Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury, Voice Disorders and more! Check it out here.
  • Interprofessional Education/Interprofessional Practice (IPE/IPP). Check out ASHA's resources online.

Research & Mentoring Opportunities

  • Clinicians and Researchers Collaborating (CLARC). The CLARC program is an online tool designed to enable clinicians and researchers to identify each other for the purpose of forming research collaborations. Find out more here.
  • MARC (Mentoring Academic Research Careers) - an online mentoring program that supports CSD junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students in achieving and sustaining a rewarding career in academia through one-on-one online mentoring by seasoned faculty. Find our more here - Applications open in August, deadline in September
  • ASHA's Research Mentoring Network (ARM) Programs. Find out more here.

Conferences & Continuing Education

Movie Review: My Beautiful Broken Brain

"Who am I? I'm someone who has a huge amount of friends, is very hard working, travels all over the world, loves to read. . . . (but) what if all of that evidence is removed? What does that make me?"

Charismatic filmmaker Lotje Sodderland was 34 years old when a massive inter-cerebral brain hemorrhage nearly killed her. Though grateful to have survived, Lotje finds her life upended. The brain injury resulted in aphasia, impaired information processing, significant executive functioning challenges and visual impairment-imposing limitations that dared to eclipse her former identity. Continue reading here.


Events Calendar

The Aphasia Access Summit will be held on March 16-18 In Orlando. The theme will be Pathways to Meaningful Outcomes: Ideas, Implementation, Impact. Go here for more information.

ASHA Convention 2017 Call for Papers. ASHA will be in Los Angeles.

Check out the upcoming conferences and events!


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