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The CSD department welcomes our new graduate students.

In photo (left to right): Sara Martin, Amy Reid, Leslie Stewart, Susanne Mallon, Kassie Levesque, Sherry Ingalls, Havah Gershman-Tewksbury, Gwendolyn Lewis, Jillian Mitchell, Kylee Holman, Leslie Matheson, Courtney Phillips, Katie Farrell. Not pictured are Heidi Choate, Kimberley Churchill, Dorothy Friel, Jessica Gushee, Thomas Myers, Kristina O’Donnell, Hannah Richards, and Kimberly Wironen.

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Stephen Calculator Visits UMaine

Stephen Calculator, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of New Hampshire was the invitied speaker for the CSD colloquium series Friday, Sept. 11. His presentation was titled “Parent’s Priorities for AAC and Related Instruction for Their Children with Angelman Syndrome.”

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Dr. Allan Smith inducted into Golden Key International Honour Society


Dr. Allan Smith was inducted as an honorary member of Golden Key International Honour Society and was invited to be the Keynote speaker. The title of his talk was “Being in Control of Your Academic Career.” Dr. Smith was nominated by a CSD undergraduate student for being an exemplary professor and advisor at UMaine.

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Interdisciplinary Colloquium

An interdisciplinary colloquium was held on Friday, February 19th. Lynda Marvin, Dept of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Ludlow Hallman, School of Performing Arts, Division of Music and Michael Towey, Voice and Swallowing Center, Waldo County Hospital gave a presentation entitled “Care and Feeding of the Voice: How to Maintain Your Most Precious Instrument”. This presentation included discussions centered around vocal anatomy and physiology, the aesthetically excellent singing voice and vocal pathologies.

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CSD Students Participate in Poster Presentations

CSD students participate in the annual CSD Senior Capstone Poster Presentations on April 12th.
These poster presentations are a cumulation of a year long senior capstone experience and well attended by the campus community.

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Alum Focus: Erica Ricker

Erica Ricker is a 2004 graduate of the University of Maine, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. While in the CSD program, she completed research in voice and fluency disorders and has presented her findings at the American Speech Language Hearing Association National Convention. Erica grew up in Aroostook County and graduated from Ft. Fairfield High School.

Erica works as a Speech Language Pathologist/Voice Specialist at Waldo County General Hospital/Voice & Swallowing Center of Maine in Belfast. She has completed advanced training in laryngeal stroboscopic voice assessment, Estill VoiceTraining Systems, Lessac Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy and has trained as a vocal performer. Erica is nationally certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment for Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases.

Erica has presented original clinical findings at the International Vocal Cord Dysfunction Conference at National Jewish Medical Center in Denver, CO and at the American Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Convention. She is co-author of a paper accepted for presentation at the Voice Foundation Symposium/International Association of Phonosurgery in 2008 and was a featured presenter at the 4th Annual Clinical Voice Symposium in Belfast, ME in 2007. Her areas of speciality include Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement and Irritable Larynx Syndrome.

Erica is President-Elect of the Maine Speech Language Hearing Association (MSLHA). Her leadership interests include support for increased CSD student involvement in MSLHA and professional activities.

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Students and faculty members gave the following presentations at the ASHA convention in Chicago this year:

Hall, N.E., Mahan, L. “Fluency and language in children with autism.”

Plourde, W.E., Hall, N.E., Smith, A.B. ” Adolescent language development: A comparison of spoken and written personal narratives.” Smith, A., Matheson, L., Tan, X. “Syllable duration distributions at ages two and three years.”
Smith, D. , Smith, A B., Booth , A. “Language and auditory processing assessment profiles in CAPD and language delay.”

Wagovich, S.A. & Hall, N.E. “Correspondence between fluency and language skills in young children.”

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Students and faculty members attended the ASHA convention in Chicago this year.

Rebekah Tozer, Xiaomei Tan, Leslie Matheson, Dana Smith and Whitney Plourde joined faculty members Dr. Nancy Hall and Dr. Allan Smith in presenting their research.

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MaryBeth Allen in UMaine Today

Marybeth Allen was recently highlighted in the Jan-Feb 09 issue of UMaine Today. The article summarized Ms. Allen’s work on the National Board of the National Stuttering Association (NSA), where she is a Co-Chair of Family Programs.

She described her responsibilty for facilitating the formation and the maintenance of support groups for kids and teens who stutter, and their parents, across the country. Ms. Allen spends several hours each week in that effort.In addition, the article discussed the value of support groups for people who stutter of all ages, as Ms. Allen is also the leader of the Eastern Maine Adult Chapter of the NSA which meets monthly in Belfast and has also recently faciliated the start-up of another Adult Chapter of the NSA that began meeting at the University of Maine in Orono in January 2008.

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Department of CSD at the Special Olympics

The Department of CSD was joined by Michael Barnes (Audiologist, Waldo County General Hospital) and Eric Risch (Audiologist, Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Augusta) and McKenna Diggins (Orono High School Student) to test the hearing of athletes participating in the Maine Special Olympics.

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Contact Information

Communication Sciences & Disorders
5724 Dunn Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-2006 | Fax: 207-581-2060E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System