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2019 PSHA Convention

April 10-13, 2019
Lancaster, Pennsylvania



The 2019 PSHA Convention will be taking place April 10-13 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
More details coming soon!


Call for Papers

Call for Papers Now Being Accepted

Deadline for Call Papers Submission: EXPIRED
Deadline for Student Poster Presentations: February 27, 2019. (Submit by January 23 to be included in the on-site program.)


Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Room rates are $149 per night. This rate is available until March 19, 2019, or until the room block sells out, whichever occurs first.

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Special Short Course Presentations

Mary Boyle, PhD, CCC-SLP
Semantic Feature Analysis: From Naming to Discourse and Beyond

Mary will also present two seminars entitled, Multi-Level Treatment Approaches for Aphasia and Clinician-Friendly Discourse Assessment for Aphasia.

Mary Boyle, professor of communication sciences and disorders at Montclair State University, received her doctorate and master's degree from Northwestern University and her bachelor's degree from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Her clinical and research interests focus on treatment of adults with aphasia, particularly word retrieval impairment in discourse.

Robert Owens, PhD, CCC-SLP
Add a Little SUGAR to Your Language Sampling

Robert will also present two seminars entitled, Counseling: A Vital Skill for SLPs and Functional Language Intervention: Why and How.

Robert Owens, Jr. ("Dr. Bob") is a New York Stated distinguished teaching professor of communication disorders and sciences at State University of New York at Geneseo where he teaches courses in language development and language disorders. He is the author of Language Development, An Introduction (10 editions), Language Disorders, A Functional Approach (5 editions), Early Language Intervention for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers, Help Your Baby Talk, Introducing the New Shared Communication Method, Queer Kids, The Challenge and Promise for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth. His Language Development text is the most widely used in the world and has been translated into Spanish, Korean and Arabic. He has also co-authored Introduction to Communication Disorders, A Life Span Perspective (5 editions), written a score of book chapters and professional articles, and authored two as-yet unpublished novels which are sure to win a posthumous Pulitzer prize. Along with Stacey Pavelko, PhD, James Madison University, he has co-authored SUGAR, a valid, reliable and cost-free language sample analysis and intervention tool. In love with the sound of his own voice, Dr. Bob has presented more than 230 professional papers and workshops around the globe. His professional interests are language disorders in infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are also some of his best friends. And he's a gran'pa!


Highlighted Presenters

Ed Bice, MEd, CCC-SLP
Evaluation and Treatment Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders: The Dilemma
Reconsidering Swallowing: What is Normal?
Aspiration: What Do We Know and the Evidence Concerning Typical Treatment Approaches
Dysphagia Management: Compensation or Rehabilitation

Ed Bice is a speech-language pathologist currently in the role of Clinical Program Consultant for ACP's Synchrony Dysphagia Program. Mr. Bice has worked in the health care industry with extensive training in dysphagia. His experience includes a variety of settings, including acute care, outpatient, home health and skilled nursing. He has held various leadership positions and has worked as a regional manager, vice president of clinical services and chief operating officer. He has been an invited speaker for universities as well as national and state conventions.

Juliann Woods, PhD, CCC-SLP and Michael Brink, MEd
How Can I Use the Language and Literacy Pyramid?
Triadic Collaboration in a Preschool Classroom to Support Inclusive Practice

Juliann J. Woods is a professor in the School of Communication Science and Disorders and associate dean of research for the College of Communication and Information. She directs the Communication and Early Childhood Research and Practice Center ( Her numerous publications and presentations reflect her practice priorities.

Michael B. Brink is an early intervention technical assistance project manager for Language and Literacy with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network. He supports local infant/toddler and preschool early intervention agencies that provide services to children birth to school age with developmental disabilities and their families.

Joan Bruno, PhD, CCC-SLP
AAC Considerations for Promoting Language Development and Classroom Participation
Tools and Strategies for Designing an AAC Therapy Camp Program

Joan Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and maintains a private practice. She published and presented nationally and internationally on topics related to AAC assessment and intervention. She is the founder and former director of Camp Chatterbox, and author of the Gateway© Core Vocabulary App.

Bharath Chandrasekaran, PhD
Neurophysiology of Speech Perception

Bharath Chandrasekaran is professor and vice chair of research in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders. Chandrasekaran had been at the University of Texas at Austin for almost eight years. His research examines the neurobiological computations that underlie human communication and learning, using an interdisciplinary, computational and lifespan approach. His laboratory is currently supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Kate Krival, PhD, CCC-SLP
Voice: Modern Assessment and Management for the Medical SLP

After practicing since 1985, as a medical speech-language pathologist, Dr. Krival earned her doctorate in communication sciences and disorders in 2007, from the University of Cincinnati.  She is an associate professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in anatomy, neuroscience, counseling, dysphagia, motor speech disorders and voice. She supervises graduate student clinicians who see clients with voice disorders, and provides evaluation and management services directly to voice clients as well.

Casie Lucas-Szumigala, MS, CCC-SLP
Early Exposure to Visual Language for Children Who are Deaf
Empowering Families to Facilitate Language Development With Their Deaf Child
Attitudes, Accommodations and Advocacy, Oh My!

As a speech-language pathologist, Ms. Lucas-Szumigala has worked with all age groups in every setting, but nothing has ever been more inspiring to her than working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. After earning her bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2004, she decided to pursue her graduate degree at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., the only university for deaf and hard of hearing students in the United States. She earned a Master of Science degree in hearing, speech and loanguage sciences with a special emphasis on speech, language, and communication disorders secondary to hearing loss in 2006, and a professional certification in the American Sign Language (ASL) and English Bilingual Early Childhood Deaf Education: Birth to Five Program, also through Gallaudet University, in 2017. After working in early intervention for close to a decade, she took the opportunity to establish a preschool program for children who are deaf/hard of hearing with the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf  Children's Center at Edinboro University. Her new roles of speech-language pathologist and outreach coordinator afford her the opportunity to provide therapy services to all of the children in the program along side of Edinboro University graduate students completing their clinical practicum, as well as going out into the community offering training to parents and school districts, planning and coordinating events for deaf/hard of hearing children and their families, and creating opportunities for building awareness in the community. Her ability to fluently communicate in ASL allows her to cross barriers that often stand in the way of bringing the deaf and hearing communities together. Ms. Lucas-Szumigala's philosophy emphasizes the importance of visual language models for deaf and hard of hearing children as soon as possible, specifically before the age of five. She believes that to withhold an accessible language, like ASL, is a violation of a person's human right to language and communication.  She supports the ASL/English Bilingual approach to speech, language, communication, cognitive, social-emotional and literacy development where proficiency in ASL and Written English (and Spoken English when possible) are equally important and necessary for future success.

Scott Palasik, PhD, CCC-SLP and Jaime Michise, MS, CCC-SLP
Values-Based Living: Determining What Matters to Us and Our Clients
Let it Go, Let it Go: Experiencing Thought Defusion
Mindfulness 101: Experiencing Your Mind and the Neurology Behind It
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 101: An Experiential Learning Session

Scott Palasik is an assistant professor and director of the Mindfulness Behaviors and Social Cognition Stuttering Lab (MASS Lab) at the University of Akron. He has been a speech-language pathologist for more than 15 years, teaches stuttering, voice and counseling courses at the graduate level and articulation and phonology, anatomy and physiology and Introduction to Communication Disorders at the undergraduate level. He has published research and has presented at the international, national, state and local levels. He also is developing the Mindfulness ACT Somatic Stuttering (MASS) Treatment Approach for People Who Stutter and supervises graduate students in clinical education. Finally, Scott is a writer/creative collaborator/musician, is featured in the documentary When I Stutter (2017), and a producer for the follow-up film, Shout Out, about kids who stutter.

Jaime Michise has been a speech-language pathologist for the past eight years. She began her career at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, where she was an active member of the fluency team. Recently, she spent two years living and working in Nagoya, Japan. In addition to working with children and families in the international community, She studied Japanese and was able to experience firsthand the challenges that can accompany communication difficulties. Ms. Michise now lives in Dallas, Texas, where she teaches adjunctly at the University of North Texas and has a private practice working with people who stutter. Additionally, she continues to work with children and families internationally. Ms. Michise has presented at international, national, state and local conferences and has published on the topic of stuttering and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has also been involved with Camp Shout Out for Youth who Stutter for the past eight years.

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