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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: 
    • 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

2018-2019 Scholarship Recipients

Baptist Health Foundation Scholarships 
Melanie Torres and Rachel Marroquin 

Marie Emge Scholarship
Daija Smith

HJ BD Scholarship
Aliah Hamoudeh

Ravel Scholarship
Lorena Aceves Hernandez

SASHLA Scholarship
Macey McKnight

Elizabeth Woolfolk Endowed Scholarship
Lorena Aceves Hernandez and Taiya Ryan

2017-2018 Scholarship and Award Recipients

Baptist Health Foundation Scholarships
Kristen Hatch and Casey Leal

Marie Emge Scholarship
Rachel Marroquin

Elizabeth Woolfolk Endowed Scholarship
Christine Northington

Ravel Scholarship
Sarah Hanson

SASHLA Scholarship
Stephanie Hernandez

Woolfolk Scholarship
Miranda Alvarez

Bud Mullen Award
Brittany Boandl

Jane Davidson Award
Erika Galindo