Current CSD Research Studies

[Posted May 6, 2017]

We are conducting a research study to evaluate current cognitive assessment practices for adolescent and adult clients with histories of neurological disorders. We are looking for currently practicing speech-language pathologists who routinely assess cognitive skills to complete this 15-20 minute online survey. Results from this study will help researchers understand current cognitive assessment practices, define strengths and weaknesses of available assessments, and determine next steps for future assessment creation.

Participants will have the option to enter a drawing to receive a $50 Amazon gift card. One in 50 people who enter will win the gift card.

If you are interested in this study or want more information, please email or call Jessica Brown, Ph.D., CCC-SLP:; 612-626-9688.

You can access the survey through this anonymous link:
Thank you in advance for participation in this study.
Jessica Brown, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
University of Minnesota

[Posted February 10, 2017]

My name is Kate Cunningham and I am a research assistant at the University of Mississippi working with Dr. Greg Snyder, PhD CCC-SLP. We’re very excited about our current research project, documenting the presence of stuttering behaviors in non-spoken expressive modalities, such as handwriting. (While we have found many articles spanning over 100 years, we have also noticed that mainstream researchers usually overlook these data!) We have composed a quick, two-minute survey to ask members of the stuttering community if they have noticed stuttering-like behaviors in their penmanship.  If you find this to be an interesting research question, please help the effort and forward this email to anyone in the stuttering community who may be interested in participating in this survey.  (And it should only take 2 minutes of their time!)
Link to survey:
Thank you so much for your time.
Kate Cunningham (Research Assistant)

[Posted February 1, 2017]

First, thank you for your time and attention to this request.  My name is Brittany Ratliff and I am a speech-language pathology student at East Tennessee State University.  I am completing a master’s thesis as a capstone project under the supervision of Dr. Brenda Louw and Dr. Kerry Proctor-Williams.  I invite you to take a survey about the presence of children who are known or suspected to have a history of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) on school-based SLP caseloads. The purposes of this study are: (1) to determine if SLPs in the school system have known and suspected children with NAS on their caseloads, and (2) to examine SLPs’ experiences about the presentation of communication and any comorbid disorders in this population.  We feel that school-based SLPs are in a position to provide a unique perspective on this population. With RTI, children on SLPs’ caseloads tend to have more severe communication disorders and include many children with comorbid neurodevelopmental disorders. 

This questionnaire is intended for master’s and doctoral level, ASHA certified, school-based SLPs working in the United States.  The procedures, which will involve you as a research subject, include completing this survey that will take approximately 15 minutes of your time.  Participation in this research is voluntary.  You may refuse to participate.  You may stop at any time.  If you stop or decline to participate, there will be no consequences.  

For questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me, Brittany Ratliff, at  You may also contact my supervisors, Dr. Louw ( and Dr. Proctor-Williams ( regarding this project.  This research has been approved by the IRB of East Tennessee State University.  You may contact the ETSU Institutional Review Board at (423) 439-6054 for any questions you may have about your rights as a research subject.
By completing this survey, you have acknowledged that you have read this information and have agreed to participate.
Please connect to the link:
Thank you for your time!

Brittany Ratliff, B.S.
Graduate Student/Clinician
Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences
East Tennessee State University


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