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Research and Awards


Faculty Research

Our PhD faculty in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department are actively involved in research and offer research experiences to undergraduate and/or graduate students. Undergraduate students may participate in research as volunteers and through the OLLU McNair program or the OLLU Honors program; and graduate students may pursue graduate theses and/or pursue research as a graduate assistant. 

  • Child Language Lab: Eva Nwokah, PhD,CCC-SLP (Language development, play, humor)
    • Recent research projects by graduate and undergraduate students include peer interaction in children with autism, language and play between peers, literacy and narratives in typical children
  • Voice and Swallowing Lab: Christine Carmichael, PhD.,CCC-SLP (LSVT, Parkinson’s, cleft palate)
    • Recent research projects by graduate students include Parkinson’s treatments (LSVT, EMST, DAF), neuromuscular electrical stimulation, myofascial release, and cleft palate intervention outcomes.
  • Multi-Lingual Lab: Stefanie Becerril, PhD CCC-SLP (Multi-cultural, bilingual) 
    • Recent research projects by graduate students include a study exploring speech revisions in bilingual and monolingual children and examining heritage language transmission.

Scholarships and Awards

2020-2021 Recipients

Bud Mullen Scholarship
Lauren Garcia

Undergraduate Scholarship
Megan Bianchi

Baptist Health Foundation Scholarships
Dominique Cole and Danielle Canela

Marie Emge Scholarship
Dominique Cole

Woolfolk Graduate Endowed Scholarship
Lauren Castro

SASHLA Scholarship
Kristine Becerra

Elizabeth Carrow Woolfolk Scholarship
Daija Smith 

2019-2020 Recipients

Baptist Health Foundation Scholarships
Aliah Hamoudeh and Tricia Pina

SASHLA Scholarship
Bianca Cruz

Elizabeth Carrow Woolfolk Scholarship
Lindsey Burrowes

Panditrao Ravel Scholarship 
Michelle Gomez

Elizabeth C. and Robert M. Woolfolk Graduate Scholarship
Carolann R. Null

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