SLP student receives scholarship from Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Kaitlyn poses for a picture with Dr. Cari Tellis.
Kaitlyn Frey Clarke of Swoyersville, Pa., a speech-language pathology (SLP) graduate student at Misericordia University, was awarded the 2010 Von Drach Memorial Scholarship by the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association at the 51st annual convention in King of Prussia, Pa.

The prestigious $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a student from one of Pennsylvania’s 14 SLP schools in honor of Dr. Robert Von Drach. It is given to a student who exhibits strong leadership abilities and outstanding academic and clinical scholarship within the profession. In 2009, the scholarship was awarded to Misericordia University SLP graduate student Laura Bauman of Dallas, Pa.

The daughter of Debbie Rose and Steven Frey has a 3.95 grade point average in her graduate studies and has presented research findings at state and conferences. Under the mentorship of Cari Tellis, Ph.D., assistant professor at Misericordia University, Clarke has presented her findings at the 2010 Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention and the 2010 Voice Foundation Annual Symposium in Philadelphia, Pa. She has also submitted a third study to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Philadelphia. Each study is in the area of voice disorders.

Clarke has also worked closely with the Misericordia University Department of Speech-Language Pathology Chair, Glen Tellis, Ph.D., on three research studies which were presented at the 2009 ASHA Conference in New Orleans, La.

In addition to her research, Frey is a dedicated clinician who strives for excellence through evidenced-based practice. She is actively involved in the Misericordia University Chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. She has also been a member of the Family Readiness Group for the 542nd Quartermaster Unit of the United State Army since her fiancé, James Clarke, was deployed to Iraq in March 2009. Kaitlyn and James were married July 24 and the couple resides in Swoyersville.

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Misericordia University student Kaitlyn Frey Clarke poses for a picture with the Von Drach Scholarship plaque and her mentor, Dr. Cari Tellis, assistant professor, of speech-language pathology at Misericordia University.