One of the grants, “Preparation of Personnel to Serve Infants and Young Children with Hearing Loss,” will be co-directed by Dr. Jack Roush and Dr. Melody Harrison. The grant will provide graduate students in UNC’s Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program and Masters (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology Program to work in areas related to newborn hearing screening, diagnosis of hearing loss, selection and fitting of hearing aids and cochlear implants, and therapeutic intervention procedures. The Speech and Hearing Division will work in collaboration with UNC’s Carolina Communicative Disorders Clinic, Department of Otolaryngology, with audiologist Holly Teagle, AuD, and speech-language pathologist, Hannah Eskridge, MS.
A second grant, titled “Preparing Professionals for Leadership Roles in Translational Research Focused on Children with Disabilities Including High Need Children,” will begin in August 2011. The principal investigators are Dr. Elizabeth Crais from the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences and Dr. Harriet Able from the School of Education. The grant is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on the resources and translational research expertise from faculty members in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences and the Division Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, as well as the Early Childhood, Intervention, and Literacy Program in the School of Education at UNC Chapel Hill.
This grant will provide nine doctoral students from Speech and Hearing Sciences, Occupational Science, and Early Childhood Special Education with research training, enabling them to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate translational research findings in an interdisciplinary manner. The students will work on research projects, complete coursework, and take part in professional development activities to enhance their skills as academicians and researchers in their specialty areas.