CREd Guide: Research Symposium at ASHA Convention

A guide to content in the Clinical Research Education Library.

The Research Symposium aims to bring together clinicians and researchers at ASHA's Annual Convention, in order to discuss current research that has important implications for the study of communication processes and disorders. Learn more about the Symposium >

Symposium Presentations in the CREd Library and ASHA's YouTube Channel


» Advances in Auditory Attention Research: Processing Complex Auditory Stimuli

Presentation Video: 2016 Research Symposium

When the Ears Interact With the Brain

Barbara Shinn-Cunningham
What we perceive in a complex setting depends on how we focus attention. The ability to attend to one sound and filter out competing sources of noise requires both a robust sensory representation and the ability to direct and control attention through the closely coordinated activity of multiple cortical networks.
Presentation Video: 2016 Research Symposium

Auditory Scene Analysis: An Attention Perspective

Elyse Sussman
Auditory scene analysis facilitates the ability to perceive sound events in the environment, such as when listening to your friend talking in a noisy restaurant. Neural processes must account for the dynamics of such situations. This presentation will outline attention effects on sound perception when there are competing sound sources.
Presentation Video: 2016 Research Symposium

How Aging Affects Speech Understanding in the Presence of Competing Speech

Karen Helfer
This presentation describes research regarding factors that exacerbate or help to mitigate the difficulty older adults experience understanding speech in the presence of competing talkers.
Presentation Video: 2016 Research Symposium

The Development of Hearing Under Complex Listening Conditions

Lori Leibold
This presentation describes the maturation of hearing in complex, multi-source acoustic environments and age-related changes in the ability to selectively attend and speech-in-speech recognition.
Presentation Video: 2016 Research Symposium

Understanding Speech in Complex Acoustic Environments

Gerald Kidd
This presentation focuses on the cocktail party problem and understanding why listeners with sensorineural hearing loss experience great difficulty in solving this problem.
Presentation Video: 2016 Research Symposium

Speech Understanding by Cochlear Implant Patients in Complex Listening Environments

Michael Dorman
This presentation focuses on speech perception outcomes when people with one or two cochlear implants listen in test environment simulations of restaurants and cocktail parties.


» Dementia and Communication

Presentation Video: 2015 Research Symposium

Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging - A Public Health Perspective

Frank Lin
Highlighting recent epidemiologic research on hearing loss, accelerated cognitive decline, and incident dementia, as well as future trends in addressing hearing loss as a public health problem.
Presentation Video: 2015 Research Symposium

Primary Progressive Aphasia: Advances in Diagnosis, Prognosis, & Treatment

Argye Hillis
A review of recent advances in diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of variants of Primary Progressive Aphasia.
Presentation Video: 2015 Research Symposium

Clinical Features, Neuroimaging Correlates, and Underlying Pathology of Primary Progressive Apraxia of Speech

Joseph Duffy
A seminar addressing neurodegenerative apraxia of speech and review the research that has defined its distinguishing features, other neurologic deficits that tend to emerge during its course, and its neuroimaging and histopathological correlates.
Presentation Video: 2015 Research Symposium

Connected Speech and Syntactic Impairment in Primary Progressive Aphasia

Naida Graham
Describing the diagnosis of Primary Progressive Aphasia and its variants with particular focus on the speech and language features that differentiate them.
Presentation Video: 2015 Research Symposium

Innovative Treatments for Persons with Dementia

Michelle Bourgeois
Describing innovative treatment approaches to improve the quality of life of persons with dementia.


» Primary Language Impairment in Children with Concomitant Health Conditions or Nonmainstream Language Backgrounds

Presentation Video: 2014 Research Symposium

Language Impairment in the ADHD Context

Sean Redmond
Looking at models of comorbidity, assessment implications, and capitalizing on comparisons between children with SLI and children with ADHD.
Presentation Video: 2014 Research Symposium

Development and Mechanisms of Language Impairment in ASD: Parallels with other Language Disorders

Helen Tager-Flusberg
Focusing on the parallels and differences in early risk markers, developmental trajectories and neurocognitive mechanisms in autism and specific language impairment.
Presentation Video: 2014 Research Symposium

Language Emergence in Children with Cochlear Implants

Ann Geers
Highlights of an NIDCD-funded longitudinal investigation of spoken language outcomes after early cochlear implantation, differentiating preschool children who overcome their initial delay from those who do not.
Presentation Video: 2014 Research Symposium

Discriminating Children with SLI Among English Language-Learners

Johanne Paradis
How to discriminate bilingual second-language children with typical development from those with language impairment.
Presentation Video: 2014 Research Symposium

Language Impairment in Children who Speak Nonmainstream Dialects

Janna Oetting
Gaining and applying a deeper understanding of dialect differences in terms of rate, context, and function to better distinguish African American English and Southern White English speaking children with specific language impairment from their typically developing peers.


» The Genetic Basis of Speech, Language, Reading, Learning and Memory

YouTube Video: 2013 Research Symposium

Epigenetic Mechanisms in Memory Formation

David Sweatt
This presentation addresses the idea that conservation of epigenetic mechanisms for information storage represents a unifying model in biology, with epigenetic mechanisms being utilized for cellular memory at levels from behavioral memory to brain development to cellular differentiation.
YouTube Video: 2013 Research Symposium

Recent Advances in the Genetics of Dyslexia

Silvia Paracchini
Addressing the genetic basis of dyslexia and the recent identification of an association between the PCSK6 gene and handedness in dyslexia.
YouTube Video: 2013 Research Symposium

Genetic Influences on Reading Disability & Language Impairments

Shelley Smith
Reading disability (RD) and language impairment (LI) are often comorbid, suggesting common etiologic factors. To determine regions of genetic overlap, more than 400 single nucleotide polymorphisms were genotyped in 23 candidate genes in families with RD or SLI. The results demonstrate shared as well as differential genetic influences.


» Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes Using Large-Scale Datasets

YouTube Video: 2012 Research Symposium

Outcomes Measurement and Interdisciplinary Cooperation in Health Care Reform

Margaret Rogers, Gary Ulicny, Rob Mullen
The Role of Outcomes Measurement in Health Care Reform by Margaret Rogers; The Influence of Evidence-Based Practice on Policy Decisions by Gary Ulicny; ASHA's National Outcomes Measurement System by Rob Mullen
Presentation Video: 2012 Research Symposium

NIH Initiatives to Improve Measurement

Karon F. Cook
An overview of PROMIS and Toolbox.
YouTube Video: 2012 Research Symposium

Common Data Elements and Large-Scale Outcomes Measurement Databases

Kenneth Ottenbacher
The Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation.
Presentation Video: 2012 Research Symposium

Measurement of Veteran's Participation

Linda Resnik
Highlighting key issues in defining participation and the process for developing and testing a new participation measure.
Presentation Video: 2012 Research Symposium

Measuring Participation Outcomes in Individuals with Communication Disorders

Kathryn Yorkston and Carolyn Baylor
Overview of the steps in developing a participation outcomes item bank, including identifying the construct, item development, psychometric testing, and item bank selection.
Presentation Video: 2012 Research Symposium

The Aphasia Communication Outcome Measure

Patrick Doyle and William Hula
Highlighting patient-reported outcomes in the context of clinical outcome measures, limitations of measures and issues of construct dimensionality, and results from development of an item bank and computer adaptive test.
Presentation Video: 2012 Research Symposium

A Clinically Meaningful Theory of Outcome Measurement in Rehabilitation

Robert Massof
Measuring and modeling outcomes when the treatment and goals are individualized to a client's priorities and capabilities.
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