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SLP student-faculty research teams present scholarly work at 11th Oxford Dysfluency Conference
Posted 10/12/2017 01:55PM

Misericordia University speech-language pathology student-faculty research teams made a series of scholarly presentations at the 11th Oxford Dysfluency Conference, "Challenge and Change,'' at St. Catherine's College, Oxford, United Kingdom in September.

Misericordia University student researchers D'manda Price, Paterson, N.J., and Danielle Spagnuolo of Wyoming collaborated with Glen Tellis, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Misericordia; Nina R. Santus, Ph.D. a former post-doctoral fellow at Misericordia and now a clinical assistant professor at the University of Georgia; Rickson C. Mesquita, Ph.D., University of Campinas, Brazil; Sergio L. Novi, Jr., Ph.D. candidate, University of Campinas, and Arjun G. Yodh, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, on the presentation, "Cortical Changes during Stretched Speech with Persons who Stutter.''

Speech-language pathology student researcher Cara Imbalzano of Roaring Brook Twp., worked in partnership with Drs. Tellis, Mesquita, Santus and Yodh, as well as Novi on the scholarly work, "Which Types of Dysfluencies Invoke Emotional Responses in People Who do not Stutter?''

Dr. Tellis and student researcher Noah Schweiger of Barton, N.Y., worked together with Drs. Santus, Mesquita and Yodh, and Novi on "What are Typically Fluent Speakers Stress Responses when Observing the Speech of Persons Who Stutter?"

Dr. Tellis collaborated with professional colleague, Dr. Santus, on the scholarly presentation, "Three Novel Methods of Treating Childhood Stuttering,'' and with Anne Marcotte, Ph.D., professor and head of the Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of Georgia and Dr. Santus on "Effects of Treatment Session Frequency and Duration for Stuttering Treatment Conducted in Public Elementary Schools.''

Misericordia University alumnae, Abriel McCann, Swoyersville; Amanda Tomaselli, Trucksville, and Andrea Jensen, Clarks Summit, collaborated with Denis Anson, M.S., O.T.R./L., director of research and development, Assistive Technology Research Institute at Misericordia University, and Drs. Tellis and Santus on the scholarly research presentation, "Is Adequate Information About Fluency Disorders being Taught in University Settings?"

The Oxford Dysfluency Conference has the reputation of being one of the leading international scientific conferences in the field of disfluency. The conference provides a showcase and forum for discussion and collegial debate among researchers and clinicians about the most current and innovative research and clinical practices, according to the conference.

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Misericordia University speech-language pathology student-faculty researchers presented their scholarly research at the 11th Oxford Dysfluency Conference at St. Catherine's College Oxford, United Kingdom in September. Student and faculty researchers who participated in the conference are, seated from left, are Danielle Spagnuolo, Wyoming, Pa., and Cara Imbalzano, Roaring Brook Twp., Pa.; standing, Noah Schweiger, Barton, N.Y.; Glen Tellis, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Misericordia University, and D'manda Price, Paterson, N.J.

Misericordia University Students Walking
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