The shortage of doctoral students in CSD is nothing new. But why is it so? Why aren’t more people interested in pursuing a doctorate? On today’s episode, I welcome current doctoral students Martha Sherill and Charles Lenell who presented on this very topic at ASHA 2018.
Martha Sherrill earned her M.C.D in Speech-Language Pathology from Auburn University in 2006, and her PhD in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018. Martha practiced as an SLP in multiple medical settings and locations (e.g., acute care, sub-acute rehabilitation, home health, SNF) and her clinical specialties include aphasia, dysphagia, and cognitive-communicative disorders. Her current line of research is focused on the use of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) as a means of creating rich communicative environments and clinical spaces in inpatient rehabilitation facilities for adults with aphasia and other acquired cognitive-communicative disorders. Martha will be joining the faculty of Southeastern Louisiana University in the Spring of 2019.
Charles Lenell, MS CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and doctoral candidate in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department at NYU. He works in the NYU Swallowing Lab with Dr. Molfenter and the NYUMC Voice Lab with Dr. Johnson. His line of research focuses on understanding the underlying laryngeal neuromuscular mechanisms of voice and swallow functions and his dissertation research evaluates how hormones affect the laryngeal mechanism and functions.
The Poster from ASHA 2018 in Boston can be viewed on a desktop browser or by clicking the link.