Welcome to Communication Sciences & Disorders
Welcome to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the University of Maine. The department’s mission is to promote excellence in academic and clinical education, scholarship, and service in the areas of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
News and Current Events
Dr. Walker’s Neurocognitive Disorders in Adults (CSD 688) students recently had a guest lecture from UMaine’s School of Nursing’s Prof. Susan Wheaton about best practices in hospitals to ensure patient and clinician health, safety, and confidentiality. Special attention was paid to the prevention of the spread of C. difficile and MRSA and mindfulness of a patient’s overall health.
Welcome New Graduate Students!
The class of 2015:
Back row: Laura Pirruccello, Rhiannon Vigue, Jenna Cloutier, Kirk Fongemie, Travis Roberts, Anastasia Yakimova, Catherine Sweet, Caroline Driscoll, Zoe Kennedy, Joanna DiShiffart, Kaitlin Michaud.
Front row: Jen (Koshliek) Harder, Andrea Cashman, Blake Stevens, Dana Larsen, Andrea Melanson.
CSD undergraduates present at the Center for Undergraduate Research Showcase
The seniors presented their research at the Center for Undergraduate Research Showcase, April 2013.
CSD Undergraduates receive 3rd prize at the CUGR
Lydia Drown, Brett Radosti, & Michelle Landry; Faculty Mentor: Nancy Hall
Effects of Mild-to-Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury on Speech in Adolescents
Marybeth Allen, M.A., CCC-SLP, BRS-FD Retires
Our department celebrated the retirement of Marybeth Allen on February 1st, 2013. She presented a colloquium on “Persistent Stuttering: A Journey of Acceptance, Management, Confidence and Fluency,” a topic she has been honored for by the National Stuttering Foundation as “Speech Language Pathologist of the Year.” As a graduate of our program and later as a lecturer and supervisor in the Conley Speech, Language, and Hearing Center, Marybeth has devoted countless hours to our graduate students, undergraduate program, and our clients. Thank you, Marybeth! You are greatly missed.
CSD Presents at the ASHA Convention
Jason Blanchette, center, a CSD graduate student, Dr. Allan Smith, left, and Dr. In-sop Kim, right, presented at the ASHA National Convention, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Other students presenting (not pictured) included Megan Jackins, Stephanie Obert, and Alise Demaris, graduate students, and Jenna Marcellino, Lauren Armfield, Kolleen Richardson, and Paige Beaulieu, undergraduate students.
Margo Boyd Retires After 43 Years at UMaine
Long-time Administrative Assistant, Margo Boyd, retired last summer. During her years at UMaine, Margo had a significant influence on literally thousands of people. For much of that time, Margo was the thread that joined both the CSD department and the Conley Speech, Language, and Hearing Center. Often, she was the first voice heard or face seen as she greeted students and clients. As a valued source of knowledge regarding department and clinic operations, and most everything else on campus, she played an important role in our workplace. She was patient and kind to colleagues, students, and clients, making everyone feel cared for and welcome. She will be greatly missed.
In her retirement, Margo (and her husband Steve) plan to continue with the care of their many flower gardens, attend events in and around Maine, travel around the U.S., and spend time with family. Margo also plans to volunteer her time to organizations at UMaine and around the area. She knows she will miss all her interactions with current and former students, faculty, staff, and clients but wishes them all the best.
Welcome Back to Second-Year Students
Left to right: Alise Demaris, Kelly Manahan, Stephanie Obert, Mary Beaster, Kelly Lawlor, Caitlin Dutton, Rebecca Goldfarb, Erin Aylward, Addie Pelletier, Hannah Snow, Moira Shaw, Denise Conner, Molly Nichols, Alisha Gagnon, Nick Viola, Cassandra Pelletier.
New Speech Therapy Telepractice Program
The CSD department partnered with Speech-Language Pathologists at Waldo County General Hospital to launch a graduate level speech therapy telepractice training program on August 27 – 31, 2012. Waldo County General Hospital has the only accredited training program for speech therapy telepractice in the United States (American Telemedicine Association).
Individual Photo: Graduate Students Taylor Rodgers, Katelyn Brown and Kay Mckiernan learn the technology that is used for speech therapy telepractice
Group Photo: (Seated from L to R) CSD graduate students: Jessica Walsh, Kay Mckiernan, Katie Schneck and CSD Faculty Supervisor: Casey Monnier. (Standing front row L to R) WCGH Instructor: Jennifer Whitcomb and CSD graduate students: Jeanne Lovesay, Jamy Harvey, Callie Larson, Taylor Rodgers, Katelyn Brown, Kristin Burch, Janet Clejka, Stacey Lloyd and WCGH Instructor: Amy Reid. (Back Row L to R) WCGH Instructors: Nathan Curtis and Mike Towey and CSD graduate student: Jason Blanchette