Speed dating, research style.


Good Morning! It sure was nice to come in from the cold and snow flurries to see a great breakfast spread. Made by our very own second year graduate student Frances Elvins, I walked in to see homemade donuts and homemade pumpkin donut holes – they were absolutely awesome! She also made gluten-free cookies, as if the donuts were not enough. Be looking for the recipes on the blog soon! We also had croissants, strawberries and an array of juices. 

Today we did our version of “speed dating”, research style. Each research team gathered in groups to allow newcomers to ask questions and listen to what projects are underway, or in development. This time also allowed the groups to discuss projects with each other, to bounce off ideas, ask questions. Being the blogger, I roamed around listening to groups and asking questions – I felt like a newspaper reporter! I thought it would be interesting (and fun!) to give you a breakdown of the groups.

The set up for our research style “speed dating”.
The set up for our research style “speed dating”.

Dr. Frank’s group was discussing the SLPs in the schools study when I stopped by. Laura Ellis, second year graduate student, along with Professor Chip Wood, are looking at the culture of SLPs in the school system. It is a two-prong study: 1) the research aspect of interviewing teachers, SLPs, reading specialists, and other personnel in schools who work with children who are at risk for language disorders and how they feel about what their roles are; 2) a program evaluation of an ongoing school program to help these children. This study is still in the very early stages of development. 

Dr. Frank's group discussing various research projects. Brainstorming at it's finest!
Dr. Frank’s group discussing various research projects. Brainstorming at its finest!

Mrs. Miller’s group was an array of small conversations when I arrived. Kelsey Adams, second year graduate student, is looking at developing a protocol for paradoxical vocal fold movement (PVFM). She wants to interview SLPs, ENTs, and exercise physiologists to inquire about their experiences with PVFM in respect to how they evaluate and refer for services. Elly Nicholson, first year graduate student, is exploring two fairly new therapy techniques for a fluency client. She hopes to use the data from her client’s response to these techniques to bring about awareness to these techniques through practice-based evidence.

Mrs. Miller's group. Kelsey Adams, seen in orange, discussing her study.
Mrs. Miller’s group. Kelsey Adams, seen in orange, discussing her study.

My final stop was back at home base: Dr. McComas’s group. When I arrived there was talk of the disability study – and discussions about numerous definitions of the word “disability”. This study has so many possibilities. Katie Ward, first year graduate student, is embarking on a research journey looking at discourse, more specifically story grammar. She is interested in the discourse of healthy, native Appalachian speakers. Eventually, this project will use the discourse of healthy speakers to those speakers with disorders of varying kinds. The clinical implications are endless to what this study can show. 

Dr. McComa's group. Everyone listening to their fearless leader.
Dr. McComas’s group. Everyone listening to their fearless leader.

While the projects highlighted are a just a hand full within CoRP, it will be most exciting to see where all CoRP projects go! I have learned research is always evolving and changing, so these projects have endless possibilities of where they can lead. Imagine what we can learn?! How awesome is that? Until next week, my faithful readers.