Gruber Seminar Series on Communication Disorders

Seminar Background

The Gruber Seminar Series is named in honor of Lamar University faculty member Dr. Frederick A. Gruber of the Department of Communication Disorders and Deaf Studies, now the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Dr. Gruber earned a Ph.D. in communicative disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997 and taught at Lamar only a short time before his death in 1999. Though his tenure at LU was brief, his dedicated work in the field of communication disorders is carried on through the series that bears his name.

Recent Seminars

Black Language Matters: Child African American English, Assessment, and Intervention

Presenter: Brandi L. Newkirk-Turner, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Communicative Disorders at Jackson State University. Her research examines multicultural issues that are relevant to speech-language assessment of African American English (AAE) speakers and best practices in preparing graduate students to serve culturally and linguistically diverse populations. She directs the Language and Literacy in Diverse Children Lab and is currently working on NSF-funded projects that examine variation and the grammar of child AAE. She is a recipient of the ASHA Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs.

The Dos and Don’ts of Bilingual Aphasia: A Guide for SLPs

Presenter: Maria L. Muñoz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Professor at the University of Redlands. She received her doctorate from the University of Texas in Austin as a participant in the Multicultural Leadership Training Program.  She conducts research, teaches, and publishes in the areas of treatment aphasia in Spanish/English bilinguals and multicultural issues in communication sciences and disorders.

Person-Centered Strategies for Cognitive-Communication Disorders of Dementia

Presenter: Natalie Douglas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor at Central Michigan University and lead collaborator at Practical Implementation Collaborative. She aims to advance best practices in communication and quality of life interventions for people with dementia, aphasia, and other communication disorders. She works to empower healthcare teams through implementation science and practice.

2019 Seminars

Building the Capacity for Conversation in Young Children with ASD

Presenter: Dr. Patrick J. Rydell, founder of the Rocky Mountain Autism Center, Inc. and Autism On Call, LLC. Co-author of the SCERTS Model (Prizant, Wetherby, Rubin, Laurent & Rydell, 2006) and author of the Learning Style Profile for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Rydell, 2012).

Date: May 10

Cleft Lip and Palate - Speech and Voice Intervention

Presenter: Kim Loan Lu, CCC-SLP, Memorial Hermann Hospital

Date: April 5

Laryngeal Speech in Laryngectomees

Presenter: Jodi Knott, CCC-SLP, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Date: April 5

2018 Seminars

Mechanisms of Tinnitus and its Audiologic Management

Presenter: Marc A. Fagelson, Professor of Audiology, East Tennessee State University, Tennessee, USA

Date: April 2

Treatment of Vocal Hyperfunction with Flow Phonation

Presenter: Balaji Rangarathnam, Assistant Professor / Voice and Swallowing Research Lab, East Carolina University 

Date: April 16

Cleft-Related Speech and Resonance

Presenter: Ms. Kim-Loan Luu, Speech Language Pathologist, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Texas Cleft and Craniofacial Team 

Date: April 20

Alaryngeal Speech: Laryngectomy

Presenter: Ms. Jodi Knott, Clinical Coordinator of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, University of Texas & M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Date: April 20

Pediatric Swallowing & Feeding: Simple to Complex, Let's Figure it Out

Presenter: Joan Arvedson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, B-NCD, BRS-S, ASHA Fellow, is a Program Coordinator of Feeding Services at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Date: June 8

Previous Seminars

Evidence‐based assessment and treatment for neurogenic dysphagia and vocal hyperfunction


Balaji Rangarathnam, Ph.D., CCC‐SLP
Assistant Professor / Voice and Swallowing Research Lab, East Carolina University


Otoacoustic Emissions: Probing the Inner Ear


Prof. Sumitrajit (Sumit) Dhar, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University, United States

Cognitive Auditory Evoked Potentials: advances and insights in neuroaudiology


Prof. David Tome, Ph.D.
Professor / Department of Audiology, Polytechnic Institute of Porto , Portugal

Tinnitus and the Internet


Prof. Gerhard Andersson
Professor,Linkoping University, Sweden

The Sky is Rising: How Hearables can be Integrated into Patient-centric Care


Brian Taylor, Au.D.
Senior Director Clinical Affairs, Turtle Beach Corporation, San Diego, California

Outcome Measures in Hearing Aid Assessment: Why Bother?


Ruth Bentler, Ph.D.
Professor / Department Executive Officer, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Harmonic Spectral Changes and Speech Intelligibility Before and After Voice Treatment in Parkinson’s Disease


Michael P. Cannito, Ph.D.
Hawthorne / BORSF Distinguished Professor, Department of Communicative Disorders, University of Louisiana at Lafayatte, Louisiana

Scientific Truth in Audiology: The Process


Ross J. Roeser, Ph.D.
Professor, Callier Center Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas

Cleft‐Related Speech and Resonance


Kim-Loan Luu, ma, CCC/SLP
Children’ Memorial Hermann Hospital, University of Texas–Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas

Global perspectives on aging, communication disorders, and access to care in underserved regions of the world


Brooke Hallowell, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Ohio University, Ohio

Issues in Cognition, Audiology and Amplification


Douglas Beck, Au.D.
Director of Professional Relations, Otiocon Inc., USA

The challenges to Interdisciplinary Health Research


Berth Danermark, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology, The Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Orebro University, Orebro, Sweden

Do I need a Hearing Aid? Outcomes of Group Audiologic Rehabilitation for Unaided Adults with Hearing Impairment and Their Significant Others


Rebecca Kelly-Campbell, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Disorders, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Advanced Signal Processing Features in Hearing Aids: Why Some Do Not Work As Well As Others?


Ayasakanta Rout, Ph.D.
Director of Audiology, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, James Madison University, Virginia

Talk 1: Falls, presbyequilibrium and quality of life among older adults residing in an institutional setting and efficacy of guided and self training
Talk 2: Individual susceptibility to noise-induced hearing loss


Prof. Ilmari Pyykko
Department of Otolaryngology, Hearing and Balance Research Unit, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland

Talk 1: Applications of wide-band reflectance in diagnosis of middle ear disorders
Talk 2: Audiology in China


Fei Zhao, MD, Ph.D.
Centre for Speech Language Therapy and Hearing, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK

Talk 1: Attitude towards loss of hearing in individuals with unilateral hearing loss
Talk 2: Audiology in Singapore


Naresh Durisala (Au.D.)
Audiology Clinic, ENT Department, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore

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