Large contingent of COSD students and faculty present at state conference


The Radford University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD) was featured at the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) annual conference.

Nine faculty and 11 students – nine from COSD and 2 from the Music Therapy program – and an alumna were among the presenters at the recent three-day conference in Williamsburg.  

COSD Instructor Rebecca Epperly made two presentations as a Spotlight presenter: “Supervision: Really, how hard can it be?” and “Exercising your voice while respecting your boundaries.”

Waldron College of Health and Human Services Associate Dean and COSD Professor Corey Cassidy and Associate Professor of Music Trish Winter joined Adaisha Cole, Lizzy Kunde and Erin Livingston – for a presentation titled “Interprofessional collaboration between SLP and music therapy in early childhood."

COSD Instructor Angela Obst and Cassidy joined Megan Bell, Stephanie Leirer and Arianne Thompson for a presentation titled “Embedding early childhood intervention in the classroom.

Kenzie VanDerwerker ’17 made two presentations: “Selective mutism: Enhancing understanding and improving treatment approaches” and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Link between ADHD and executive functioning.”

COSD Chair Diane Millar and Associate Professor Hyejin Park joined Samantha Logue for a presentation titled “Different eye contact behaviors depending on topics of conversation." Millar also presented with Jenni Williams on “The importance of teaching nonverbal communication and conversational acknowledgers” and with Elizabeth Scales on "Collaboration of SLP's and educators in serving students with ASD."

Two COSD faculty – Instructor Karen Arndt and Associate Professor Karen Davis – co-presented the results of their recent summer intervention programs with a presentation titled "Full STEaM Ahead: Connecting literacy to the disciplines."

Presenting research posters were:

  • Bell and Tessley Higgins, along with COSD Instructor Terri Shelor, who presented “VNeST: Promoting a More Fluent Future.”
  • Christen Brunstetter and Cassidy, who presented “Collaborative practices between speech-language pathologists and music therapists.”
  • Maggie Frye and Arndt, who presented “Say WHAT?! Self-Regulated Strategy Development, Writing and Language Impairment.” The presentation was named third-place winner in the student poster competition.  

Many other Waldron College of Health and Human Services’ research presentations and posters will be featured at the fifth Annual Waldron College Interprofessional Symposium and Expo on April 10 in Heth Hall.



Apr 9, 2018
Don Bowman
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